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2012 International Sculpture Conference
Process, Patron, Public

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In October, more than 375 sculptors and sculpture lovers from all over the world gathered in Chicago for the ISC’s 23rd International Sculpture Conference. “Process, Public, Patron” was another international success. The event brought together ISC members, non-members, artists, arts administrators, curators, city planners, educators, art supporters, and students.

Highlights included keynote addresses by Ed Uhlir, Sanford Biggers, and Sophie Ryder; an international roster of 55 presenters featured in 14 unique and thought-provoking panel discussions held at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center; an opening reception at the Museum of Contemporary Art; free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago; a late-night Carnival of Fire; and 4 mentoring sessions and 2 ARTSlams. Other activities included workshop demonstrations at Sedgwick Studios, Vector Custom Fabricating and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park with spectacular iron pours, a West Loop gallery hop and the Pilsen East Artist Open House, city architectural and outdoor sculpture tours, and seven unique social events.

Thanks to generous donations from event sponsors, the ISC was able to offer 49 students discounted admission to the conference, where students comprised an outstanding [43 of 384] 11% of the overall attendance. Overall, nine countries were represented at this International Conference, including: US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, and France.

We want to thank everyone who joined us in Chicago. We also want to give a special thanks to the many sponsors whose contributions enabled us to offer such an inclusive conference, including Mark Baker/ Aeternitas Inc.; Belmont Harbor Yacht Club; Bollinger Atelier; Chicago Cultural Center; Bruce Clinton, Clinton Family Fund; Digital Atelier; Donna Dodson; Rand Elliot, Elliot and Associates Architects; Carole A. Feuerman; Governors State University; Tony Karman, ExpoChicago; Marc LeBaron, Lincoln Industries; Lincoln Park Conservatory; Lostn Foundation; Roger Machin, Methods & Materials; Tom McCormick, McCormick Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art; Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park; The New Jersey Art Commission; Shelley Padnos & Carol Sarosik; Podmajersky, Inc. and Chicago Arts District; University of Cincinnati, Pat Renick Gift Fund; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Sedgwick Studios; Vector Custom Fabricating, Inc.; South Loop Whole Foods. Media Sponsor: Chicago Gallery News.