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From the Chairman

John F. Kennedy announces his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. The first CERN particle accelerator becomes operational in Geneva. Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. France tests its first atomic bomb. Elvis Presley returns home from two years of military service. The U.S. launches the first weather satellite. Gary Powers’s U2 plane is shot down, and he is captured. The Summer Olympic Games are held in Rome. JFK and Richard Nixon participate in the first televised presidential debate. The first kidney transplant is performed. Kennedy becomes the second-youngest man elected President of the U.S. The world population is just over three billion.

The year was 1960. Michael Stipe, Oliver Platt, Greg Louganis, Prince Andrew, Dorothy Stratten, David Duchovny, Antonio Banderas, Sean Penn, Cal Ripken, Jr., Hugh Grant, Blanche Lincoln, Tilda Swinton, John F. Kennedy Jr., Julianne Moore, Kenneth Branagh, and the International Sculpture Center were born.

That’s right, 50 years ago, the world witnessed these events, and countless others—all forever etched in our minds. And among these important historic moments was the decision of a young man named Elden Tefft, in Lawrence, Kansas, to found the ISC.

Fifty years later, the ISC has grown into a vibrant organization with nearly 8,000 members and subscribers supporting a rich set of programs. To its humble beginnings as an informal conference, the ISC has added the biennial International Sculpture Conference (and other symposia and events), Sculpture magazine, ISC Press (with three books published to date and a fourth underway), the most comprehensive Web site dedicated to sculpture on the Internet, as well as the student awards program, educator and patron awards programs and, of course, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award program.

It has been quite a 50-year history, and I am proud to have been a part of it for the past seven years. To celebrate this fantastic milestone, the ISC will celebrate its 50th birthday with a party on October 22nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. With artwork for sale, entertainment, food, drink, and a raffle that will include a seven-day stay in a two-bedroom condominium in St. Maarten, it promises to be a fun and memorable evening. Tell your friends and visit <> for more details, to buy your party tickets, and to purchase raffle tickets.

Whether you can join us in New York or not, I hope you will raise your glass with me in toast to Elden’s vision and the success of the ISC’s first 50 years. Here, too, is a toast to the next 50.

—Josh Kanter
Chairman, ISC Board of Directors


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