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From the Chairman

If by chance you read my September 2006 letter in Sculpture, you may recall my admission that until attending our June 2006 conference in Cincinnati—“Crossroads Cincinnati 2006”—I just didn’t “get it.” As I stated then, after attending the Cincinnati conference, I completely understood the attraction of ISC conferences and the inevitable questions from our members and supporters about our upcoming conference schedule. In fact, one of the most frequently asked questions at the conclusion of the Cincinnati conference was “Where and when is the next conference?” Well, as you may have already heard, we can now answer that question: the ISC’s next conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, on October 15, 16, and 17, 2007.

Inspired by the long-anticipated opening of the Olympic Sculpture Park on Seattle’s waterfront earlier this year, the ISC is collaborating with the Seattle Art Museum and working with the Seattle Conference Bureau, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and a host of other local art lovers and arts organizations to create an exciting and dynamic meeting of sculpture enthusiasts. We are thrilled to be venturing into the great Northwest and the beautiful City of Seattle.

To commemorate the opening of the Olympic Sculpture Park, this year’s conference is titled “Sculpture in Public, Part 1: Sculpture Parks and Gardens.” This conference will bring together artists, art administrators, curators, art advisors, art patrons, city art commissioners, museum directors, and architects, as well as city planners and sculpture, architecture, and urban planning students, to mingle with new and old friends. Participants will engage in discussions about the development and management of public and private sculpture parks, careers and trends in public art, and the importance of public art programs. Panel discussions will focus on all aspects of these topics, including the challenges and opportunities faced by the visionaries of the Olympic Sculpture Park, Chicago’s Millennium Park, and a thrilling public art program in, of all places, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

As always, the ISC conference will include a keynote address, various panel discussions addressing a range of topics of interest to a wide variety of our conference attendees, a host of social events—including an opening party at the Frank Gehry-designed Experience Music Project (EMP)—gallery strolls, studio openings, corporate and private collection tours, and more.

While in Seattle, our host hotel will be the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel, centrally located to most of our official conference programming in the downtown Seattle area. Optional activities will be available throughout the greater Seattle/Tacoma area.

On-line registration for Seattle 2007 begins on April 2, 2007. Watch the Web site, the magazine, and your e-mail for more details. I hope to see you in Seattle in October. Oh, and to answer the inevitable question that will follow the closing moments of Seattle 2007: Grand Rapids 2008 (“Sculpture in Public, Part 2: Public Art”), Mexico City 2009, and London 2010!

Josh Kanter
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors

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