International Sculpture Center
Facebook Twitter Instagram

Sculpture cover



ISC has been speaking with our partners in Detroit and closely monitoring the situation, and have decided it is in the best interest of everyone to reschedule this event for 2021. Please join the mailing list for the most current information. We will see you soon.

Presented by the International Sculpture Center. Partners & Sponsors: College for Creative Studies, The Heidelberg Project, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, and Wayne State University. This program is made possible by funds from 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.



Photo: Panel-Wrestling Form-Sculpture in the Classroom at PNCA During the 29th International Sculpture Conference in Portland, OR. Photo by ISC Staff.

The Call for Panels is Open Now!
DEADLINE: February 12, 2020

The International Sculpture Center is seeking a diverse and comprehensive program, covering topics relevant to sculpture today, at the 30th International Sculpture Conference on September 30-October 3, 2020.

All panel proposals must be submitted electronically via the form on the ISC website. No faxed, mailed, or emailed abstracts will be accepted.The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2020. All late proposals will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

This year’s conference will focus on topics in contemporary sculpture and proposals submitted should fall into the below categories. We are looking for panels which explore the following topics and ideas:

  1. Rooted in Quiet Corners / The Power of Invisibility
  2. This topic will explore grassroots efforts and how they have benefited their communities. Is institutionalized visibility necessary to affect change? How have movements like this enabled autonomy for artists and organizations that have come after them?

  3. Science, Art, and the Environment
  4. This topic will highlight how artists, community leaders, scientists, and activists are working to shed light on environmental issues. Why is art an important part of activism?

  5. Art, Money, and Real Estate
  6. How does rapid development help or hurt communities? How does art contribute to this change? Is there a balance that can be achieved?

  7. Navigating and Claiming Space
  8. This topic will consider both conceptual and commercial ideas of space. How do artists determine the value of a place? How do artists occupy space?

  9. Conversations on Equity, Access, and Inclusion
  10. What role does diversity play in the arts? What are the ways in which equity, access, and inclusion are dictated by class and politics? How can we help those that are lacking in these resources?

  11. New Media and Technology
  12. How are artists and art organizations using technological platforms and tools to gain an audience? How are algorithms changing the way we see art?

  13. Art/Sculpture and Architecture
  14. What is the relationship of art and architecture? How do we encounter art on a daily basis? How does sculpture and public art represent space?

  15. Technical Talks and Workshops
  16. Submissions to this topic should include educational programming meant to teach or introduce to participants practical skills, techniques, or ideas which they can then use in their work or daily lives.

  17. Wildcard
  18. Other topics in contemporary sculpture

For updates about the conference, join the mailing list.

Contact or (609) 689-1051 x302

Partners and Sponsors:

 Portland Art Museum     

  Portland State                


Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.