International Sculpture Center

Above: James O'Toole, Steelworkers Monument, 2001. Image courtesy of Charles FG Beal via

General Info | Registration Info | Keynote Speaker | Panel Locations & Speakers


General Information

Inspired by industry and innovation in Pittsburgh, the 26th International Sculpture Conference – Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation will explore how contemporary sculpture can effect cultural reinvention. From October 15-18, 2016, the 26th International Sculpture Conference will bring together artists, arts administrators, curators, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts for exciting programming on contemporary sculpture.

Join a diverse group of over 300 attendees in Pittsburgh for this unique conference including:
  • Annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show
  • ARTSlams & Mentor Sessions
  • City-Wide Gallery Hop with Open Studios
  • Engaging Panel Discussions
  • Hands-On Workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and more
  • Keynote Address by Diana Al-Hadid
  • Opening Reception at the August Wilson Center
  • Optional Art & Culture Trips like Artist Studio Tours, Public Art Tours, a Reclaimed Church Tour, and more
  • Programming at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Reception at the Mattress Factory
  • Special Programming at Carrie Furnaces
  • And more!
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Day Passes will be available on-site on October 14th and 15th
Inquire about availability with the ISC Events Department before making travel plans at or (609) 689-1051 x302.

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Above: Photo of Eagletail Mountains Wilderness by Bureau of Land Management via flickr

Registration Information

Registration Information

  Members** Non-Members Students*** Companions**** Day Pass
Early Bird
July 27 - Aug 18
Closed Closed Closed Closed On Site Only
Aug 19 - Sept 19
Closed Closed Closed Closed On Site Only
Late Registration
Sept 20-29
Closed Closed Closed Closed On Site Only
Oct 14-15
$225 per day

Conference Check-In and Registration

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

12:00PM - 5:00PM Friday, October 14
9:00AM - 6:00PM Saturday, October 15

Contact information:
p. (609) 689-1051 x302

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Above: Roberto Clemente Bridge
keynote speaker

Keynote Speaker

Diana Al-Hadid

Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Working with a variety of materials, Al-Hadid creates monumental sculptures, drawings, and panels, all of which blur the lines between figuration and abstraction. Her work references history by drawing influence from disrupted typologies found in architecture, antiquity, cosmology and Old Master paintings.

Diana Al-Hadid received a BFA in sculpture and a BA in Art History from Kent State University in 2003, and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond in 2005. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. She has been the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, a USA Rockefeller Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, and a Pollock-Krasner Grant. Her work is included in such influential collections as the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, and The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, NY. Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at OHWOW Gallery, West Hollywood, CA, The Vienna Secession in Vienna, Austria, the Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, the Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH, the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, the Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, the Centro de Arte Contemporánea, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain, the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Al-Hadid has an upcoming solo exhibition at NYU Abu Dhabi's University Gallery.

Photo above: Suspended After Image, 2012. Wood, steel, polymergypsum, fiberglass, high - density foam, R plaster, and paint, 282 x 204 x 126 in. Madrid Reina Sofia

Panel Speakers & Locations

Panel Speakers & Locations

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Conference Locations
August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
McConomy Auditorium - Carnegie Mellon University
University Center, 5032 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Carrie Furnaces
Carrie Furnaces Boulevard
Rankin, PA 15104

Sponsored by:

      Mattress Factory   Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

    Pittsburgh Glass Center  

Office of Public Art     

Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area        


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