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Lighted Bridge on the Grand River. Photo: Brian Kelly. Courtesy Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Sculpture in Public: Part II,
Public Art

ctober 2 – 4, 2008
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Presented in collaboration with the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
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Registration Info
Pre-Conference Workshops
Optional Tours and Events
Funding in part provided by: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Fred and Lena Meijer, Mary Ann Keeler, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Convention, Visitor’s Bureau, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids Art Museum, Enterprise rent-a-car and Grand Valley State University.

Registration Information:

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Disk in the Form of a Desert Rose,
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park cast 1999-2000. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. Photo by William J. Hebert


Registration is Closed! 

On-site registration available*.  The following rates apply:
Member: $425
Non-Member: $575

 *Space is limited. First-Come Basis!!

Student Rate: SOLD OUT!

Pre-Conference Workshops:

Iron pour at Grand Valley State University. Photo courtesy: Terrance Weinzierl

Open to registered conference attendees only.

Cast Iron Intensive
- $275
Five-day intensive multi-level hands-on cast iron workshop will focus on iron casting using a traditional cupola furnace.

One Stitch After Another: Crochet as a Sculptural Practice - $70
A review of contemporary crocheted sculptural work to introduce participants to the broad possibilities of the craft. 

Computer Aided Design workshop with Russ Rupert - $95

Utilizing computers as a tool in the visualization and realization of publicly scaled sculpture.

Three Artists – Three Approaches to working in Ceramics - $70
Slide lecture and demonstration of three techniques with unique and varied approaches to working in ceramics.

Optional Tours:

Marsha Wood Procession, Polychromed Steel, 1985

All tour itineraries subject to change at the discretion of tour guides.

Registered conference attendees may purchase up to two tickets for these events.  Space is limited!

Wednesday October 1st
9:30 am - 6:30pm

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Western Michigan Campus
- $67pp
Visit to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts followed by free time to explore downtown Kalamazoo. Then you are off to Western Michigan Campus for a guided walking tour of their outdoor collection.Departs from Amway Grand Hotel, Lyon Street Entrance.

Wednesday October 1st

10:30am - 5:30pm
Oxbow School and Saugatuck
- $78pp
Tour Artist-in-Residence Studios of Oxbow School followed by lunch on this scenic campus.  Bring your hiking shoes for an after lunch hike up the dune for one of a kind views of Lake Michigan.  Your day ends with a stop in downtown Saugatuck with time to explore this unique arts town. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!  Departs from Amway Grand Hotel, Lyon Street Entrance

Red lilypads- an artists’ installation in the lagoon (by Barbara Miner, Fall, 2007)
Wednesday October 1st
5:00pm - 10:00pm

Pre-Conference Iron Pour Party
- $40pp
ISC Conference attendees are invited to see the finale of the Cast Iron Intensive workshop. Witness the iron pour live!  Transportation, food and non-alcoholic drinks provided. Departs from Amway Grand Hotel promptly at 7:00PM, Lyon Street Entrance

Thursday October 2nd
11:00am - 12:30pm
Public Art Walking Tours
90 minute walking tour of downtown Grand Rapids where your guide will point out highlights of the public sculpture including pieces by Alexander Calder, Maya Lin, and Mark Di Suvero, among others.  See the rich history of public art Grand Rapids has to offer! Departs from Amway Grand Hotel



Saturday October 4th
2:00pm - 6:30pm

Grand Rapids City Tour
- $69pp
For history buffs!  This tour includes admission to Gerald R. Ford Museum and Van Andel Museum as well as narrated driving tour of the city including the prestigious Heritage Hill District. Departs from Amway Grand Hotel

Gerald Ford Museum
Sunday, October 5
9:00am - 5:00pm

Western Michigan Wine and Windmill Island Tour
The perfect way to wind down the weekend! Includes tasting at Tabor Hill Wine Port, time to shop in quaint Lakeside community of Saugatuck, and guided tour of Holland’s Windmill Island. Departs from Amway Grand Hotel


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