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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
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Conference Highlights
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Presented in collaboration with the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park  
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.

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About the Conference:
Building on our 2007 conference, Sculpture in Public: Part 2, Public Art will broaden the discussion to matters which relate to Public Art in general. Bringing together ISC members, sculptors, educators, students, arts administrators, and patrons among others, we will focus on the fundamental issues that are central to Public Art today!


Conference Highlights:  

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  • Special Exhibition and Keynote Address by world-renowned sculptor, Jaume Plensa
  • Panel Discussions
  • Social Events and Networking Receptions
  • ISC Book Sale
  • Members ARTSlam: artists present their work in a forum of slides of their work for cirtic and discussion.
  • Time to explore the internationally acclaimed sculpture collections of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
  • Visit to one of the nation’s most celebrated communities for public art including masterworks by Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Maya Lin and Ellsworth Kelly
  • Educator of the Year Award Luncheon honoring Ron Pederson
  • Gallery Hop
  • One Big Art Party - Food, Music, Exhibitions!
  • And much more….

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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 Info:

Deborah Butterfield, Cabin Creek, 1999, Bronze,
photo: © Balthazar Korab Ltd.

Registration Deadline: 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!

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Conference Location:

Number 26
, 1995-1996, Bronze, by Hanneke
Beaumont (Dutch, b. 1947) photo © Balthazar Korab

The Fredrik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will be the conference headquarters and host to all panels, vendors’ square, and keynote address.

The 130 acre Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has been heralded by the Wall Street Journal as “the most important sculpture collection west of the Kroller Mueller” and whose collection ranges from Rodin and Maillol, to Moore and Hepworth, to Cragg and Goldsworthy. “We are honored to share our collections, gardens and grounds with the ISC and its members in this capacity,” says Curator of Sculpture and Director of Exhibitions, Joseph Antenucci Becherer. “We are a highly unique institution as equally a botanical gardens, sculpture park and museum.”

During the conference, a keynote address presented by the internationally celebrated sculptor and installation artist, Jaume Plensa, who will also be the subject of a major exhibition currently at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. This will be Plensa’s largest US exhibition to date.

Transportation to the Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will be made available from official conference hotels each day.

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More information

For more information please contact us at or 609-689-1051 x302

Funding provided in part by: