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2015 International Sculpture Conference
New Frontiers in Sculpture
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Over 300 individuals engaged in the sculpture community gathered in Phoenix from November 4-7, 2015 for the sold-out 25th International Sculpture Conference: New Frontiers in Sculpture. Attendees of the conference included artists, arts administrators, students, educators, curators, and sculpture enthusiasts from countries including Australia, Barbados, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

Conference participants experienced dynamic panel discussions, mentor sessions, ARTSlams, tours, and social events. Artist Suzanne Lacy kicked off the conference with a keynote address at Phoenix Art Museum, and the event closed with hors d’oeuvres, wine, and performance by CONDER/ dance at the David and Gladys Wright House, Frank Llloyd Wright’s last residential masterpiece. Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to watch sunrise and sunset shows of James Turrell Skyspaces in Scottsdale and Tempe; listen to over 28 stimulating conference speakers, share their work with others for peer critique, discover unique and experimental cultural sites such as the Cattle Track Arts Compound and Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti, amongst others, and experience the rich arts community in the region.

On November 5th, the 25th International Sculpture Conference in partnership with Arizona State University hosted a special opening of the 2014 ISC Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition and recognized Mary Neubauer with the 2015 ISC Outstanding Educator Award at Grant Street Studios. Attendees continued their evening with a city-wide studio and gallery hop designed in partnership with Artlink Inc. and Downtown Phoenix Inc. specifically for conference attendees.

Many attendees enhanced their experience by participating in a pre- or post- event workshop, while others traveled on to experience the landscapes of the region with trips to the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and more. Workshops included the Hands-On Neon Workshop, Textile Construction and Structures Workshop, 3D Printing and Body Scanning Workshop, Arduino Controlled Drawing Machine Workshop, Clay Sculpture Workshop with Large Diameter Extrusion, and “The Artist, The Maker, and The Administrator” Workshop. The International Sculpture Center would like to thank leaders of all conference workshops, including Tom Bollinger, Eric Brunvand, Dan Collins, Erika Hanson, Hilary Harp, Donna Isaac, Mary Neubauer, Paul Stout, Bryan Vansell and the team at Mission Clay, and James While.

You can see videos of all the panels for the 25th International Sculpture Conference below.

The International Sculpture Center is thankful for those who made this event possible:

Sponsors and Partners: Artlink, Inc, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (Sponsored by the ASU Art Museum and School of Art), Bentley Gallery, Bollinger Atelier, City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, David & Gladys Wright House Foundation, Digital Atelier, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., Phoenix Art Museum, Scottsdale Public Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 25th ISC Conference Advisory Committee: Tom Bollinger, Chakaia Booker, Gail Browne, Will Bruder, Sara Cochran, Greg Esser, Elizabeth Grajales, Glenn Harper, Paul Hubbard, Johannah Hutchison, Donna Isaac, Ree Kaneko, April Moorhouse, Prescott Muir, Mary Neubauer, Kim Nikolaev, Rebecca Rothman, and Doug Schatz.

And the Following Individuals and Organizations: Kristin Bauer, Kevin Berry , Peter Bugg, Cattle Track Arts Compound, Cosanti Foundation , Janie Ellis, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Jennifer Galarza, Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, Mary Hoadley, Adriene Jenik, Lisa Sette Gallery, Evan Lowry, Kathryn Maxwell, Mission Clay Art & Industry, Jarrett Moe, Postcommodity, Emmett Potter, John Randall Nelson, Craig Randich, Cory Rogers, Kade Twist, Kirstin Van Cleef, and Neha Vedpathak.

Videos of panels

Sponsored by:
Phoenix Art Museum

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