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The International Sculpture Center Presents

Supported in part by
Johnson Art and Education Foundation

ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.

Each ISConnects program features presenters that include emerging and established artists, journalists and authors, academics and arts administrators, ISC Award winners and many other individuals with unique viewpoints on sculpture.

Programming includes special access to traveling exhibitions, conversations with artists, panel discussions and much more. Each event is different from the next! Can’t attend an event? You can watch for free, here, on the ISConnects website.

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The River Between Us - Panelists

Joe Baker
Joe Baker, artist, educator, curator, and Executive Director, Longue Vue House and Gardens, New Orleans, has a distinguished career of arts advocacy. As the former Lloyd Kiva New Curator of Contemporary art at the Heard Museum, he pioneered opportunities for emerging and under-represented artists He is the recipient of many awards, including the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian) Honored Designer Award, "Single Thread: Celebrated Native American Design & Style, 2008." He has held various faculty appointments across the country. He holds a BFA and MFA from the University of Tulsa and completed postgraduate study at Harvard University.

Matts Leiderstam
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1956, Matts Leiderstam lives in Stockholm. Leiderstam earned a B.A. in Art Education from the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm; an M.F.A. from the University of Gothenburg College of Art; and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from the Malmö Art Academy at Lund University, where he currently teaches. His work frequently deals with the decontextualization of landscape and portraiture. Leiderstam has exhibited extensively at institutions such as the Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; the Gallery Kalhama & Piipo, Helinski; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., New York; the Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; the Moderna Museet Project at Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris; and the Optica Centre for Contemporary Art, Montréal. His work is represented in the public collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Iziko–South African National Gallery, Cape Town; the Seattle Art Museum; and the Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm.

Marilu Knode
Marilu Knode has been working in the arts for thirty years, focusing the past fifteen years on organizing projects international in scope. Her work in the Middle East began when Knode was the U.S. Commissioner for the 7th International Cairo Biennale with Nancy Spero, and she co-founded a curatorial practice program at the American University in Cairo. Knode has commissioned temporary and permanent projects with artists from around the globe, and brings this international perspective to Laumeier Sculpture Park where she began as director in 2009. She has established the rubric “archaeology of place” to drive the expanded curatorial and educational programs. Knode also teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and runs the Ferring Art and Art History Study Travel program for undergraduate students.

Prior to arrival at Laumeier, Knode served as Associate Director / Head of Research at F.A.R. (Future Arts Research) at Arizona State University, where she commissioned special projects, performances and panels. She served as Senior Curator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2003 - 2007) and worked for Institute of Visual Arts (inova) at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (1997 - 2003).

Ken Lum
Ken Lum received an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 1980. He received an M.F.A. in 1985 from the University of British Columbia. He has had solo exhibitions at Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Jancou Geneva; Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris; Misa Shin Gallery, Tokyo; Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin; Galeria Llucia Homs, Barcelona, Spain; Galerie Grita Insam, Vienna; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London; Museum in Progress/ Arbeiterkammer Wien, Vienna; Galeria Espacio Electico, Buenos Aires; Centre for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland. His selected group exhibitions include: The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2012; Museum of Contemporary Art of the National University of Mexico, Mexico City, among many others. Lum was co-curator of the 10th Sharjah Biennial in 2011.

Dana Turkovic
Dana Turkovic is Curator of Exhibitions at Laumeier Sculpture Park. She is also an adjunct professor in the art department at Webster University. In 1998, she received her B.F.A from Webster University and in 2005 she received her M.A. from Goldsmiths College – University of London in curatorial studies. She worked as the senior designer for the UCLA Hammer Museum from 2000-2004 and was the graphic designer for the Contemporary Art Museum – St. Louis from 1998 – 2000. As an independent curator she organized exhibitions in Los Angeles at Monte Vista Projects in alternative spaces in London and Oxford in the United Kingdom and in St. Louis at the Contemporary Art Museum, Boots Contemporary Art Space, Ellen Curlee Gallery, White Flag Projects and Schmidt Contemporary Art. She is also a co-curator for Isolation Room/Gallery Kit in St. Louis. She was previously the director of the Hunt Gallery at Webster University and has written for publications such as Art US, Review and St. Louis magazines.

Mel Watkin
Mel Watkin earned a B.A. from Bennington College, VT in 1977 and an M.F.A. from the University of Montana, Missoula in 1981. Watkin has exhibited her work at the Phillip Slein Gallery, St. Louis; the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; the Franklin Furnace Archives, New York; Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington; the Sheldon Art Gallery, St. Louis; and the Ellipse Gallery, Arlington, VA. Her work is represented in the collections of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas–Lawrence; the Art Library, University of California at Santa Barbara; and the Fine Arts Library, Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University. Watkin is the founder and Director of the Public Policy Research Center Photography Project at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Bernard Williams
Bernard Williams was born in 1964 in Chicago. He holds a B.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an M.F.A. degree from Northwestern University Evanston. He studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, 1987. He has had one person exhibitions at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Mississippi; and the African-American Museum in Dallas. Selected group exhibitions include the Chicago Cultural Center; the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL; Dowd Fine Arts Gallery, Cortland, New York; and the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art, Indianapolis.