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June 2005 Vol.24 No.5
A publication of the International Sculpture Center

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From the Director

What happened to Cincinnati, many people have asked? Our plans have changed, and the conference proposed for June 2005 is now scheduled for June 2006. Thinking about Crossroads Cincinnati, we uncovered some important considerations. For example, 45% of ISC members live within a day’s drive of Cincinnati. And 2006 is an important year with regards to the ISC itself, marking the 25th anniversary of Sculpture magazine as well as the 45th anniversary of the International Sculpture Center. It seems a propitious time to convene what will be the 20th International Sculpture Conference, an ongoing series of events for sculptors to meet and talk that began in 1961. These are important milestones to recognize and to celebrate.

The next conference will look at the changes in the field that have transpired over the course of the last 45 years. The role and function of a sculptor, the education of a sculptor, the economics of sculpting, and the recognition of sculptors in both the public and private arenas have certainly changed. Precisely what are those changes? How have they happened, and what have they done to the life of sculpture? These are all questions to be addressed by panelists at the Cincinnati conference.

What will sculpture look like 25 years from now at the time of the 50th anniversary of the magazine in 2031? How will art at the start of the third decade of this millennium impact us, impact our culture, impact the world? We cannot answer such questions, but we can describe the kind of organization that the ISC will be in the next few years and we can also talk about what our plans will be for future events and programs.

Having made this decision, we are now taking the time to assess what we, as an organization, have done over the past four decades and what we want to do in the future. This includes thinking about how the conferences are presented, what symposia should be planned, and what other programs we might initiate in order to fulfill our stated mission: advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture.

We are reviewing who we are, what we do, and how we serve both our membership and the larger arts community. We are setting goals for the ISC and preparing an agenda of programs for our membership. We plan to publish more materials about sculpture and sculptors. We plan to collaborate with other arts organizations to create both curatorial and educational programs. We want to underscore the “international” in our name, expanding our membership around the world and connecting to more people through more events and a better and more user-friendly Web site.

Yes, these are all ambitious goals, but we are ambitious people. We will work hard to achieve results and make the ISC a better, more thoughtful, and responsive organization.

Michael Klein
ISC Executive Director

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