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July/August 2004 Vol. 23 No. 6
A publication of the International Sculpture Center

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From the ISC President and Director

On April 29th, the International Sculpture Center convened a gala celebration to honor Christo and Jeanne-Claude with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. What a night it was.

Speaking before a group of nearly 200 artists and art lovers, ISC Board member Bruce Beasley drew tears as he described his first encounter with the magnificent and meaningful work of the honorees. It was a happy prelude to the forthcoming installation of The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York City (February 2005) and a successful fundraiser for the ISC. We thank our many members and guests for supporting this night and contributing to the ISC mission.

This fall, the ISC heads west to Utah to visit Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, in proper salutation to its re-emergence after all these years. We hope that you will join our tour and bring your friends. After all, this may be the most elusive sculpture of our time: some things can’t wait. We thank ISC Board member Josh Kanter and the Salt Lake Art Center for their vision in making this project possible.

An ISC conference in New Orleans follows (October 29–31, 2004), featuring Antony Gormley as our keynote speaker and an exciting array of programs and events that celebrate the unique flavor of the Big Easy. Please come. You can attend the symposium, meet with like-minded colleagues, and attend our fall gala to honor New Orleans art patrons Sydney and Walda Besthoff. Many thanks to ISC Board member Lin Emery for organizing this conference, along with our indefatigable Associate Director, Mary Catherine Johnson.

Next, it’s on to Cincinnati (June 9–11, 2005), where ISC Board members Mike Johnson and Pat Renick are putting together an outstanding program for the 20th International Sculpture Conference. Please save the dates—we’re expecting over 1,200 people.

And what else are we up to—aside from recognizing important artists and putting together compelling events? Lots. If you’re a sculptor in need of a home page, we invite you to host your portfolio on the ISC Web site. It’s as easy as <>. This is a fantastic opportunity, but it’s exclusively for ISC members. Join today and make it happen.

If networking in real time is your passion, we invite you or your local sculptors group to work with us to develop models for affiliation, association, or sponsorship with the ISC. Members have told us that this is important, and we agree. It’s on our minds and on our desks.

There’s more. We’re looking at contract guides, copyright and trademark resources, materials on freedom of expression, rights of privacy, rights of publicity, zoning questions, insurance questions, art handling, shipping, commissions, exhibitions, tax questions, estate planning, private collections, and more. Are these things important to you? We think they might be. Look for more information here as the ISC begins to address topics like these. In the meantime, if you have something on your mind, we hope you will let us know.

Maria Pallante-Hyun
ISC President and Director

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