From October 25-28, 2017 the 27th International Sculpture Conference: Intersections + Identities will seek to bring sculptors and arts professionals together to discuss how our work, our practices, and our selves intersect. Join us in Kansas City, MO for three days of programming where we will explore new communities and discuss exciting topics in contemporary sculpture.
Join a diverse group of over 300 attendees in Kansas City for this unique conference including:
Annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show
ARTSlams and Mentor Sessions
Engaging Panel Discussions
Evening Parties and Networking Events at the Belger Crane Yard, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and more
Hands-On Workshops at Kansas City Art Institute, among others*
Opening Reception and Artist Studio Tours at Studios Inc.
Optional Art and Culture Trips*
Public Art Tours and Visits to Nearby Sculpture Sites
Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the Belger Crane Yard
Post Conference Activities in collaboration with the University of Kansas*
*Additional fees may apply
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Willie Cole (b. 1955 in Somerville, New Jersey) lives and works in New Jersey.
His work has been the subject of several one-person museum exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998), Bronx Museum of the Arts (2001), Miami Art Museum (2001), Tampa Museum of Art (2004), University of Wyoming Art Museum (2006), Montclair Art Museum (2006), College of Wooster Art Museum (2013-14), and David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland (2016).
In 2010, a survey exhibition of his work on paper (1975-2010) took place at the James Gallery of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and later travelled to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at the University of Alabama and the Rowan University Art Gallery in Glassboro, NJ.
Several of his sculptures were included in Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2011). In January 2013, a traveling exhibition Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works opened at Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
In 2015, Cole’s work was included in both the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Wild Noise: Artwork from the Bronx Museum of the Arts at El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. In 2016, his work was included in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
In 2016, the exhibition Willie Cole: On-Site opened at the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland and traveled to the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, and Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia.
Above: Water Plaza, KC Convention Center, Jun Kaneko. Courtesy of the Office of Public Art.
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