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Collaborators & Sponsors: Association for Public Art, The Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary, 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, and Traction Company. 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.

General Info

About the Conference:

What is the target audience for this event?
Is there an age attendees must be to attend?
Do I need to be an ISC member?
Where do I find the member number?
Will there be optional activities, tours or hands-on workshops available?
Can I bring a companion to social activities?
Who can bring a companion to the conference?
Can I bring multiple companions?
Where are conference events being held?
What is an ARTSlam?
Where can I park?
What is a Breakout Session?
How can I show my work at the conference?
How can I participate as a Vendor at the 28th ISC Conference and what do I receive?
How can I promote my exhibition/gallery/organization during the conference?
Will there be a mobile app available for conference attendees?
Is the conference ADA accessible?
What is the conference press policy?

Registration:

When will registration open?
What is included in my registration fee?
Will there be a student rate for this conference?
Will On-Site registration be available?
Can I register a spouse or colleague using my membership?
How can I register a companion for assistance due to a disability?
How can my companion and I pay for our registrations together?
How can my companion and I pay for our registrations seperately?
Does my companion have to register at the same time as me?
Can I modify my registration?
How can the International Sculpture Center assist in obtaining a Visa?

Travel:

Are there any travel discounts available?
What is the official conference hotel?
What is the best way to get around once I arrive in Philadelphia?
Do I need to rent a car?
Where can I see art in Philadelphia
What else is there to explore in Philadelphia?
How can I extend my stay in Philadelphia?

Cancellation Policy


What is your cancellation policy?


About the Conference:

What is the target audience for this event?
This conference will be geared toward artists, arts administrators, educators, museum staff, curators, educators, students, and patrons.

Is there an age attendees must be to attend?
ISC conferences are adult, professional meetings and attendees must be at least 18 years of age to attend any activities.

Do I need to be an ISC member?
No, you do not need to be an ISC member to attend. However, members do receive discounted registration fees. To get the member rate you must enter your membership number when you register for the conference. Your membership must be current through December 31, 2018. Not a member yet? Click here to join.

Where do I find the member number?
You can find your member number on your magazine label; it is the 5-digit number located in the red box on the left, as pictured below, or you can contact the membership department at membership@sculpture.org or 609.689.1051 ext. 301.

ISC members with online member accounts can also find their member numbers by logging into the "member only area" on sculpture.org. Once you login your member number will appear on the top left of the page.




Will there be optional activities, tours, or hands-on workshops available?
Optional activities, tours, and hands-on workshops will be available on October 24th, October 25th, and October 29th.

Can I bring a companion to social activities?
ISC members who are registered conference attendees may purchase a companion ticket. This ticket allows your companion to attend evening receptions. Your registered companion may also purchase tickets for optional tours. Companion registration is available when ISC members register for the conference online.

Who can bring a companion to the conference?
ISC members who are registered conference attendees can bring a companion to the conference. All companions must be registered.

Can I bring multiple companions?
If you require multiple companions due to an accessibility need, please contact the events department at events@sculpture.org or (609) 689-1051 x302. The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.

Where are conference events being held?
Conference events will be held at Moore College of Art and Design, the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, and The Seward Johnson Atelier, among others.

What is an ARTSlam?
ARTSlam Sessions are unique opportunities to meet with peers for creative critique. Artists are invited to present images (must be provided on a USB Drive, other formats not accepted) of their current work to other attendees for constructive dialogue. Each artist will be limited to 10 minutes -maximum! Sessions will be limited to 6 people per session. Sign up prior to the session will be required and limited space is available. Sign ups will be on a first come basis at the conference.

Where can I park?
For information on where to park your car in Philadelphia, try this quick and easy parking locator. For more general parking information, click here.

If you are staying at the official ISC Conference hotel, the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, they offer secure underground parking on-site for a fee of $35 US per day and valet parking for a fee of $42 US per day.

If you have any specific questions about parking, contact the ISC Events Department at events@sculpture.org.

What is a Breakout Session?
Panelists will meet with smaller groups for informal discussion more focused on a singular idea or project. Sign ups for these small sessions will happen at the conference during registration desk times.

Is the conference ADA accessible?
The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons. Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or events@sculpture.org.

How can I show my work at the conference?
ISC Members can exhibit their work at the members-only littleSCULPTURE show at the ISC Conference. The littleSCULPTURE show is an exhibition comprised of small artworks, and will showcase how these talented artists handle the challenges of space and scale as dictated by the 8" x 8" x 8" size restriction. There is a $25 fee to exhibit work at the littleSCULPTURE Show. Sign up for the littleSCULPTURE show occurs during online conference registration.

How can I participate as a Vendor at the 28th ISC Conference and what do I receive?
You can participate as a Vendor at the 28th ISC Conference by contacting the ISC Events Department at events@sculpture.org or (609) 689-1051 x302.

Participation in the Marketplace is $250 for ISC Members and $400 for non-members. This includes exhibiting as a Vendor in the Marketplace, gaining exposure to a large audience of artists, collectors, curators, arts administrators, and more, during conference registration and check-in on Wednesday, October 24 from 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM and Thursday, October 25 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. You will receive table set-up, including black tablecloth, two chairs, wastepaper basket, and 1 electrical outlet, and a listing in the conference program book (print deadlines apply). Space is limited - reserve your spot early to participate.

For more vendor and sponsorship opportunities, visit the sponsorship page.

How can I promote my exhibition/gallery/organization during the conference?
You can promote your exhibition/gallery/organization during the conference by placing an insert in the conference tote bags. When attendees arrive to the conference they receive tote bags that are stuffed with information on surrounding museums, exhibitions, and more, gaining you exposure to a large audience of artists, curators, collectors, arts administrators, art educators, and more. Tote bag insert sponsorships are $325 and space is limited. For more sponsorship opportunities click here. Contact the ISC Events Department at (609) 689-1051 x302 or events@sculpture.org for more details.

Will there be a mobile app available for conference attendees?
Yes, a mobile app will be made available for conference attendees during the conference. The app will include the conference schedule, key locations, and more. Join the mailing list to be notified when the app is available for download.

What is the conference press policy?
As a policy, the ISC does not extend press passes to attend entire events such as conferences or galas.

The ISC will consider requests for a member of the press to attend portions of an event such as a specific panel or awards portion of an event; however the press person must follow the following guidelines:
  1. Request to attend the event must be submitted in writing. Request must include specific event they want to attend (panel name, etc). Requests must be received 30 days prior to event date.
  2. Press person must provide details of the piece/project they are working on including name of the publication, article title/theme, and anticipated date of publication.
  3. Requests will only be considered by reputable, verifiable media sources. Freelance reporters must provide an indication of targeted publications or previously published articles.
  4. Press person may not take the seat of a paying attendee in a sold-out event and must understand that press may be restricted to "standing room only".
  5. Each publication approved will be allowed no more than 2 press passes for the event. In most cases only one pass will be approved.
  6. If request is approved reporters are required to send ISC a copy of the published article within 60 days of publication.
You may be asked to sign a contract releasing all images and/or written articles for archiving and promotion of the ISC.

Please submit press pass requests by email to Jennifer Galarza, Events Manager at jennifer@sculpture.org.

Registration:

When will registration open?
Registration will open in June 2018. Click here to join the mailing list for the most up-to-date information on registration.

What is included in my registration fee?
Registration includes admission to all panel discussions, the keynote address, ARTSlams & Mentor sessions, opening reception, annual littleSCULPTURE Show, boxed lunches and coffee hour, and shuttles to select conference activities.

Will there be a student rate for this conference?
Yes, there will be a student rate available. The student rate will be open to currently enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Attendees may only register as a student if they have not yet registered as a member or non-member for this event.

Students must submit a copy of their current valid school ID or transcript (through the Fall 2018 semester) showing full-time student status within 10 business days of submitting their registration or they may be disqualified from receiving this rate. Copies may be sent via fax or email. Contact events@sculpture.org for more details.

Will on-site registration be available?
On-Site Day Passes will be available on a first-come basis. Premium fees will apply. Please check the website to see if available.

Can I register a spouse or colleague using my membership?
Your member number may only be used once, with the exception of University Level Members (who may use the member number for three members of the University's faculty) or Associate Level Members (who may use the member number for up to three staff members or volunteers). Attendees must use their own member numbers to register as a member. This will be monitored, and attendees who register using member IDs that are not their own may be disqualified from receiving the member rate.

How can I register a companion for assistance due to a disability?
If you would like to register an assistant for the conference, please call or email the ISC Events Department at (609) 689-1051 ext. 302 or events@sculpture.org.

How can my companion and I pay for our registrations together?
You and your companion can pay for your registration together if you register your companion on the Registration Summary page upon registering for the conference online. This way, the two registrations, confirmation emails, and payment will be combined.

How can my companion and I pay for our registrations separately?
You and your companion's registration can be paid for separately if the companion registration takes place after the ISC Member has completed their registration. After your registration is paid and complete, you will need your email address and confirmation number, which can be found in your registration confirmation email.

On the registration site, click on the “Already Registered?” link under the registration button and input the corresponding information, then click “OK”. This will allow you to modify your current registration, including adding a companion. Once you are done modifying, click through to the payment page. This way, the two registrations, confirmation emails, and payment will be separate.

Does my companion have to register at the same time as me?
A companion may be registered at any point while conference registration is open, after the ISC Member has completed their registration.

Can I modify my registration?
You can modify your registration, including adding companions, optional tours, and events on our registration site. Please refer to the confirmation email you received when registering for details on how to modify your registration. You will need to enter your confirmation number which can be found in your confirmation email. For questions involving modifying your registration, please contact the ISC Events Department at (609) 689-1051 ext.302 or events@sculpture.org.

How can the International Sculpture Center assist in obtaining a Visa?
Each registrant is responsible for his or her own travel arrangements, including obtaining a Visa. If an ISC Member is interested in attending, and needs a Visa, the International Sculpture Center can fax/email/mail a letter of recommendation to you and/or the appropriate parties. This is a courtesy extended to ISC Members, and is at the discretion of the Executive Director. To join the ISC today, please visit the Membership page. If you are an ISC Member and would like to request a letter of recommendation for a Visa, please email events@sculpture.org or call (609) 689-1051 x302. Please include your member number in your correspondence.


Travel:

Are there any travel discounts available?
Yes, the ISC has received discounted room rates at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Please take advantage of the hotel discount by visiting the travel page. The ISC has also arranged for discounted rates with United Airlines and the Hertz rental car company. For more information, see the travel page.

What is the official conference hotel?
The official conference hotel is the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel. Located in Center City, the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel is in close proximity to many top attractions including The Franklin Institute, Reading Terminal Market, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Independence Visitor Center. Visit the travel page to check out all of the great deals offered at the the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel.

What is the best way to get around once I arrive in Philadelphia?
Upon your arrival in Philadelphia by air, there are several transportation options available. Taxi, limousine, and shuttle services are all available at the airport terminals. For ground transportation information from the airport, click here.

Car rental companies available at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. The ISC has secured deals on rental cars with Hertz. For more information, see the travel page.

If you are looking for a less expensive method of getting to downtown Philadelphia, SEPTA offers train and bus service to and from the airport. Note: Suburban Station is located just a few blocks from the conference hotel, Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown. Click here for more details.

While staying in Philadelphia, SEPTA offers a vast option of transit services for getting around, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways, and Regional Rail (our commuter rail). For more information, go to http://www.septa.org.

Uber and Lyft are convenient and easy ways to navigate Philadelphia. Just download the Uber or Lyft app, sign up for an account, hail a ride using your smart phone and start exploring the city.

ISC Conference attendees who are new Uber users can get $20 off their first ride with Uber by using the promo code SCULPTURE18. Sign up at Uber.com/go/SCULPTURE18

Taxicab fares to all metro area destinations are based on the taxicab’s meter, which upon entry is $2.70 and $2.30 per mile or portion thereof. All taxis accept credit cards. For a list of taxicab companies, click here.

Transportation by bus will also be provided to select conference activities.

For more information on how to get around Philadelphia, click here.

Do I need to rent a car?
No, you do not need to rent a car. There are several public transportation options available to help you navigate Philadelphia. Philadelphia is also totally walkable! However, if you would like to explore some the great attractions outside of the city during free time which are not included in the program, you can pick up a car at the airport. Car rental companies available at the airport include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. The ISC has secured deals on rental cars with Hertz. For more information, see the travel page.

Uber and Lyft are convenient and easy ways to navigate Philadelphia. Just download the Uber or Lyft app, sign up for an account, hail a ride using your smart phone and start exploring the city.

ISC Conference attendees who are new Uber users can get $20 off their first ride with Uber by using the promo code SCULPTURE18. Sign up at Uber.com/go/SCULPTURE18.

SEPTA also offers a vast option of transit services for getting around, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways, and Regional Rail (our commuter rail). For more information, go to http://www.septa.org.

Taxicab fares to all metro area destinations are based on the taxicab’s meter, which upon entry is $2.70 and $2.30 per mile or portion thereof. All taxis accept credit cards. For a list of taxicab companies, click here.

For more information on how to get around Philadelphia, click here.

Where can I see art in Philadelphia?
There is a wealth of art in Philadelphia. There are great museums and galleries located in the Philadelphia neighborhoods of the Historic District, Logan Square, Rittenhouse Square, Northern Liberties, and Washington Square West as well as the surrounding area. A few museums and cultural institutions to check out are the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation. Must see galleries to visit include the Locks Gallery, Pentimenti Gallery, Wexler Gallery, ICA Philadelphia, and The Clay Studio.

Beyond the museums and galleries, there is also a plethora of public art spaces, sculptures, and fountains which you can visit and interact with at your leisure. Some well-known public art displays in Philadelphia include Clothespin, Magic Gardens, Love Statue, Dream Garden, and Swann Memorial Fountain, among others. To browse an expansive selection of public artworks, please click here.

Click here to see a full list of museums and must see attractions.

What else is there to explore in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia is comprised of more than twenty neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive personality. Explore some of these neighborhoods and discover their buzzed-about restaurants, cozy craft beer bars, progressive art galleries, independent shops, live music venues, and unique attractions. Here is an interactive map of Philly’s neighborhoods, landmarks, and attractions to get you started. For more information on specific places to visit in Philadelphia and beyond, click here.

For more information on the many things you can experience in Philadelphia, go to http://www.visitphilly.com.

To explore some nearby destinations that are worth the quick drive, click here.

How can I extend my stay in Philadelphia?
If you would like to extend your stay and explore Philadelphia and the surrounding area on your own, there are plenty of things to see and do. Some options for day trips can be found here which include Washington Crossing Historic Park, Chaddsford Winery, Longwood Gardens, King of Prussia Shopping Mall, and Valley Forge National Historical Park.

If you'd like to extend your trip further, 15 of the most popular towns of the Philadelphia Countryside ® are all located within an hour drive or train ride of Center City Philadelphia. To learn more about what to explore in these popular towns, click here for a guide.

Perhaps you would like to explore a little bit of New Jersey. Why not delve into an extensive art collection by visiting Princeton University’s Art Museum in Princeton, NJ, about a 55 minute drive. With a history extending back to the 1750’s and an art collection of over 100,000 works and constantly changing displays, this museum will not disappoint. Or, take a day trip to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. About a 53 minute drive from Philadelphia, the Grounds for Sculpture has 42 acres to explore, filled with outdoor sculptures, indoor galleries, and tours of all sorts.

Did you know that New York City is only about a 2-hour car ride away (96.7 miles Northeast from Philadelphia)? There you can take in art museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see a Broadway show, or relax and enjoy fine dining at one of the City’s top restaurants.

For more information on specific places to visit beyond Philadelphia, click here.
Cancellation Policy

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be submitted in writing before September 21, 2018 and are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after September 21, 2018. All approved refunds will be issued within 3 days of request to original paid credit card.



Sponsored by:

Moore College   Seward Johnson Atelier

PAFA    Barnes Foundation    
      
   Association for Public Art        Mural Arts  

     NextFab    Magic Gardens

PHLCVB   


Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or events@sculpture.org. The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.

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