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Funding in part by: Johnson Art and Education Foundation, Grounds For Sculpture, Digital Stone Project (DSP)
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Registration Opens May 7, 2009
Registration Deadline: September 10, 2009
Registration is now closed!
On-site registration will not be available.

Early Bird:
$325.00; Open to ISC members who register by June 11, 2009. Limited number available.
Member: $350.00
Friend Member Package*: $325.00**/$350.00

Symposium Companion:

*Friend Members receive priority seating at events as well as first choice of Optional Activities (Restrictions may apply).

**Friend Members registering by June 11 qualify for early bird rate.  Space is limited.

Registration includes admission to all panels and keynotes, the Opening Reception, admission to Grounds For Sculpture’s Fall Opening, boxed lunch each day, and transportation to and from the Grounds For Sculpture and the Nassau Inn, the official conference hotel located in downtown Princeton.

Symposium companions pay a registration fee of $75 and are welcome to attend the opening reception Friday evening at the Nassau Inn as well as the Fall Opening being held at Grounds For Sculpture on Saturday afternoon.  Full symposium registration is required to attend keynote or panel events - symposium companions cannot attend these.

On-Site Rates:
Please contact or 609-689-1051 x302 after September 10 to inquire.

Refund Policy:

Cancellations must be submitted in writing before September 10, 2009 and are subject to a $100 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after September 10, 2009. All approved refunds will be paid by check and issued following the conclusion of the conference.

Keynote Address: Quest for the New Normal

Keynote Speaker:  Ruby Lerner, Chief Executive Officer/President, Creative Capital, New York, NY


Ruby Lerner will explore the questions we are all asking right now during this scary yet liberating time: Do we need to totally reinvent our organizations?  If so, to what?  During this time filled uncertainties, are there opportunities too?  Is this future wildly or just mildly different than our past?  Could artistic endeavor have an elevated place in a new environment or will the modulation of "conspicuous consumption" actually affect us negatively?

Leaders in Sculpture will tackle panel topics including:

Reality Jolt – Waking Up in a Darker Room
Speakers will share their experiences with cutbacks, closings, changes in programs and funding as a result of the economic crisis.

Cutting Back or Gearing Up?
Those working in sculpture today will discuss what they are doing to ensure continued success.

Casting a Wider Net: Technology and New Challenges
This conversation will focus on how electronic media can be used effectively to promote museums, artists, and exhibitions with much reduced costs from traditional advertising, printed materials, and marketing techniques.

And a Feature Panel:
A conversation with Barbara MacAdam, Deputy Editor, ARTnews; Phong Bui, Publisher, The Brooklyn Rail; and Rona Pondick, Artist.

In light of today's difficult and unpredictable economy, this feature panel will explore ways in which artists and the art community at large are coping. We consider whether artists are taking new approaches to their work or simply going about their business as usual and how successful they have been in doing so. Are they making more accessible--and, therefore, marketable--works, or are they making more experimental and possibly more difficult art? By the same token, what measures are galleries, museums, and the media taking to deal with the situation, and to what degree are they lending their support to artists?

Program subject to change

Reception at Sotto Ristorante and Lounge

Thursday, October 8

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Come meet fellow symposium attendees at this pre-symposium reception at Sotto Ristorante, an Italian subterranean restaurant located just steps from Princeton University. The stucco walls, archways, timbers, and natural stone give this restaurant an intimate and unique Italian ambiance right in the center of Historical Downtown Princeton, NJ. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

All tour itineraries subject to change at the discretion of tour guides . Registered conference attendees may purchase up to two tickets
(for yourself and a guest) for these events.  Space is limited!

Digital Stone Project (DSP) Tour and Reception

Friday, October 9
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

The Digital Stone Project (DSP) invites participants of the ISC symposium to a facility tour and reception at 4:30pm on Friday October 9th. Tours will showcase the DSP’s state of the art computer controlled stone sculpture milling equipment and will feature a variety of stone sculpture in differing phases of completion. Staff sculptors will be on hand to discuss the digital sculpture process and the projects during a wine and cheese reception held in the studio. Small group tours will be offered, which will be led by the DSP’s staff of artists. The DSP is a full service stone sculpture fabrication facility. Serving artists, architects and designers they offer a full range of services to create works of art and sculptural projects in stone.

Scavenger Hunt at the Grounds For Sculpture

Friday, October 9
4:30 PM

Spend some time outdoors enjoying the well-known collection of contemporary sculpture in the lush sculpture park. Collaborate with your teammates and create a strategy to locate and identify highlights of the collection. A docent will be available to orient the group and aid in the hunt. The first team to successfully identify all the sculptures in their Sculpture Hunt receives a prize!

Docent Tour of
Grounds For Sculpture

Friday, October 9
4:30 PM

Enjoy a walk through the 35-acre sculpture park and museum with docents and experience contemporary sculpture in a new light. Learn about artists and works by well-known contemporary sculptors such as J. Seward Johnson Jr., Isaac Witkin, Red Grooms, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Elizabeth Strong-Cuevas and Kiki Smith.

Tour of Storm King Art Center

Sunday, October 11
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Visit the Storm King Art Center and you will find one of the most admired collections of modern sculpture exhibited to glorious advantage on 500 acres of rolling lawns, spacious fields and woodlands - A magnificent setting to inspire and delight your mind and heart.

Your visit will include a docent-led tour featuring highlights of the collection. The outdoor tour will focus on significant sculptures by new and acknowledged masters of contemporary sculpture.

Trip includes admission to Storm King Art Center, docent tour, tram ride through the Art Center, deluxe motorcoach transportation, and lunch at a nearby restaurant. All taxes and gratuities included.

Tour of Dia:Beacon

Sunday, October 11
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries is the museum for Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia:Beacon occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that was renovated by Dia with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice.

Along with Dia’s permanent collection, Dia:Beacon also presents temporary exhibitions, as well as public programs designed to complement the collection and exhibitions, including monthly Gallery Talks, Merce Cunningham Dance Company Events, Community Free Days for neighboring counties, and an education program that serves area students at all levels.

Visitors will be treated to a boxed lunch at Dia:Beacon. They will be taken on an hour-long docent tour of the Galleries, and will have a chance to explore Dia:Beacon on their own.

Registration includes admission to Dia:Beacon, guided tour of the galleries, Lunch at Dia:Beacon, and deluxe motorcoach transportation. All taxes and gratuities included.

Dinner Salons:
Friday, October 9
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM

Have dinner with fellow conference attendees at one of Princetons unique restaurants. Prices include a three course dinner with entrée choice, house wine, tax and gratuity. Don't be surprised if a special ISC guest joins you!

Please note that you may only sign up for ONE Optional Dinner Event. Registered conference attendees may purchase up to two tickets (one for yourself and a guest) for these dinners. Space is limited!

Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn

Nassau Inn
- $146.00
The Nassau Inn is an historic hotel that has been located in the heart of downtown Princeton, since 1756. Dinner will be in the Nassau Inns historic Library room where you will enjoy an elegant American menu.

Alchemist & Barrister
- $127.00
Located in the heart of the Downtown Princeton Business Area, The Alchemist & Barrister is one of Princeton's most popular local gathering places, and specializes in its traditional American cuisine.

Triumph Brewery
- $110.00
Dinner at Triumph Brewing Company, a sophisticated restaurant and brewery in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey, featuring regional American cuisine and hand-crafted freshly brewed beer.

- $126.00
Opened in 1919, Lahiere's serves contemporary American and French cuisine and has been patroned by many historical figures and celebrities from Princeton and all over the world.

photo credits:
-Nine Muses
, Carlos Dorrien, 1990-97, granite, Courtesy of The Sculpture Foundation, Inc.

-Aerial View of Grounds For Sculpture.

-Maya Lin; American, 1959- ; Storm King Wavefield, 2007-2008; Earth and grass; 240,000 square feet (11 acre site); Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York; Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson.
-Aerial view, Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, 2002. Photo: Michael Govan. ©Dia Art Foundation.

Sponsored in part by:
Johnson Art and Education Foundation, Grounds For Sculpture, Digital Stone Project (DSP)