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2007 International Sculpture Conference
Sculpture in Public: Part 1, Sculpture Parks and Gardens

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Over 280 ISC members, artists, arts administrators, museum directors, curators, city planners, and others gathered this October in Seattle for the long anticipated 2007 conference, Sculpture in Public: Part 1, Sculpture Parks and Gardens.  This 2 ½ day event included a keynote address by Ned Rifkin, Under Secretary of Art of the Smithsonian. The conference also featured many panel sessions presented by those instrumental in the development of Seattle’s new Olympic Sculpture Park, as well as administrators of other sculpture parks around the world, writers and critics, and several well-known artists including Dennis Oppenheim and Buster Simpson.

Attendees found many opportunities to socialize and exchange ideas, both at networking lunches and evening events including a party at Seattle’s Experience Music Project and a reception at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Conference participants also enjoyed Seattle’s art scene as they visited Olympic Sculpture Park and toured local galleries.

Many attendees extended their stay in the region to take advantage of optional conference tours, which included a visit to the Chateau Michele Winery, a tour of Western Washington Campus’ outdoor sculpture collection, and an exclusive look at Dale Chihuly’s boathouse studio.

Overall feedback from the event was very positive.  ISC member Kati Casida summarizes many of the participants’ sentiments with her comment, “The panels were provocative and inspirational.  Also it was FUN (!!) meeting friends from past conferences and making new friends in Seattle at the lunch and parties – overall a real delight!”

We thank all of those who joined us in Seattle.