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Collaborators & Sponsors: Presented by the International Sculpture Center. Collaborators & Sponsors: Association for Public Art, The Atlantic Foundation, The Barnes Foundation, Digital Atelier, Eastern State Penitentiary, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Grounds For Sculpture, Moore College of Art & Design, Mural Arts Philadelphia, NextFab, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia City Hall Visitor Center, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, The Seward Johnson Atelier, The Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, Traction Company, and The University of the Arts. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Call for Panels

Call for Panels

The Call for Panels is Open Now!

The International Sculpture Center is seeking a diverse and comprehensive program, covering topics relevant to sculpture today, at the 28th International Sculpture Conference on October 25-28, 2018.

All panel proposals must be submitted electronically via the form on the ISC website. No faxed, mailed, or emailed abstracts will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is March 12, 2018. All late proposals will automatically be placed on a waiting list.

The year’s conference will focus on topics in contemporary sculpture and proposals submitted should fall into the below categories. We are looking for panels which explore the following topics and ideas:

  1. Body and Context
    This topic will explore work that uses the body – either the human body or the social body – to explore and understand facets of identity and action.

  2. Reimagining Monuments – Old and New
    What is the future of monuments? How can we make the language of monuments more inclusive? This topic will evoke discussions on the legacy, preservation, and rethinking of monuments.

  3. Working to Strengthen and Engage the Civic Commons
    What are ways artists can encourage engagement with existing community members? Can art and/or creative projects create value and pride within communities?

  4. Art and Science
    This topic will explore the intersections between art and science, and include art and artists that pull inspiration and influence from various aspects of science-based study and technology.

  5. Affect and Effect: Sculpture in Politics and Freedom
    How does sculpture address the political landscape, promote change, and empower? How can sculpture be a form of activism?

  6. Artist-Run and Collaborative Spaces
    There has been a rise in the number of artist-run and collaborative gallery spaces. What are some of the advantages? What are some of the challenges?

  7. Sculpture, Archives, and Collections
    What drives someone to collect? How can someone be informed or inspired by archives and collections?

  8. The Current and Future State of Sculpture and Sculptural Education
    What makes sculpture today? How is this communicated to the “next generation”? How is this translated to the larger sculptural community? How are audiences integral to the meaning of the work?

  9. Artist Projects and Workshops
    Artists and organizations who are interested in a project or workshop that takes place in line with the conference should submit to this category.

  10. Wildcard
    Any other topics in contemporary sculpture.

Click here for Call for Panels Guidelines.

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Photo: The Crowd at Panel Discussion: The Arts of Pittsburgh A Catalyst for Community Transformation and Impact.

Sponsored by:

Moore College   Seward Johnson Atelier    The Atlantic Foundation

PAFA    Barnes Foundation        
Association for Public Art   Digital Atelier     Mural Arts  

     NextFab    Magic Gardens

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