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HISTORY OF THE ISC

In 1960, sculptor and educator Elden Tefft organized the National Sculpture Conference at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, and with that conference the International Sculpture Center was born. Since then, the ISC has continued to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of its members as technologies move forward, beginning with the 1997 launch of www.sculpture.org. Today, after 50 years of service to the field, the ISC's progressive programs, conferences, symposia, and publications serve a growing international membership and educate the profession and the public about contemporary sculpture.

THE ISC TIMELINE


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1960

Sculptor and educator Elden Tefft organized the National Sculpture Conference at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, and with that conference the International Sculpture Center was born. The enthusiastic dialogues during the 1960 conference led to a series of biennial conferences (renamed in subsequent years the International Sculpture Conference), held at the University of Kansas over the next 12 years.


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1976

The ISC held its first traveling conference in New Orleans.

1979

The ISC was encorporated and received non-profit status.

1980

The ISC held a conference in Washington, DC, with more than 2,000 in attendance, included a city-wide international exhibition of sculpture. That success encouraged the leadership of the newly incorporated International Sculpture Center to establish the ISC as a membership organization.

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1982

The first Sculptors International magazine, a bi-monthly publication, was published.

1983

The ISC introduced Tech Shops, a biennial consisting of a series of workshops on a variety of sculpture techniques and aesthetics.

1985

The name of this magazine changed to Sculpture. That same year, the ISC sponsored World Congress of Sculpture Organizations, Chicago.

1986

The ISC founded the International Slide Registry.

1988

he ISC started the Critic in Residence program which ran until 1994.

1991

In order to recognize the acheivements of sculptors, the ISC introduced the Lifetime Achievement Award

1993

The ISC introduced the Patron's Recognition Award which recognizes individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the advancement of contemporary sculpture.

1994

The Student Award for Outstanding Acheivement in Sculpture was established.

1995

Maquette was encorporated into Sculpture magazine.

1996


The ISC introduced the Outstanding Educator Award.

1997

The ISC launched www.sculpture.org.

1998


The artist slide registry went digital.
2006

The ISC inaugurated the ISC Press, which has since published three books including Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Parks, A Sculpture Reader: Contemporary Sculpture Since 1980, and Conversations on Sculpture.

2007

The ISC's e-Newsletter was created.

2009


The Digital version of Sculpture magazine was launched.

2010


Marked the commencement of the Traveling Student Awards Exhibition and launch of the International Initiative and the 5 year strategic plan. Also, the 22nd Annual International Sculpture Center conference was held in London.