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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.

General Info | Registration Info | Gallery Hop | Keynote Speaker | Panel Locations & Speakers



From October 25-28, 2018 the 28th International Sculpture Conference will seek to bring together a diverse audience of artists, educators, arts administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts to discuss exciting topics in contemporary sculpture.

Join us in Philadelphia for this unique conference offering three days of engaging programming.

The 2018 ISC Conference will feature:
  • Annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show
  • ARTSlams & Mentor Sessions
  • Engaging Panel Discussions at Moore College of Art & Design
  • Evening Parties & Networking Events
  • Keynote Address by Doris Salcedo
  • Artist Studio Tours*
  • Association for Public Art Walking Tour*
  • Tour & Bronze Pour Demo at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts*
  • Conference Activities in collaboration with The Seward Johnson Atelier & Grounds For Sculpture*
  • Free Admission to the Barnes Foundation** & Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Optional Art & Culture Trips*
  • And more!

*Additional fees may apply
**One-time admission only, restrictions apply

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Gallery Hop

Registration Information

  Members** Non-Members Students*** Companions**** Day Pass
Early Bird
June 18 - July 12
July 13 - Sept 21
Late Registration
Sept 22 - Oct 5
Oct 24 - 25
$225 per day

**Membership must be valid through December 31, 2018 to receive this rate.

***Student rate is available for currently enrolled full-time students. Proof of full-time student status must be sent to Space is limited- register early!

****Only ISC members may bring a Companion. Companions may attend evening receptions and optional trips at an additional fee. Companions may not attend the conference panels, keynote address, ARTSlams, mentor sessions, or any other program not listed in the designated companion activities.

Are you an ISC chapter member?
You are eligible to save $25 on registration. Contact your chapter leader for the promotional code.

Conference Check-In and Registration

2:00PM - 7:00PM Wednesday, October 24
9:00AM - 5:00PM Thursday, October 25

Philadelphia 201 Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Above: Boathouse Row. Photo by M. Fischetti Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia®

Gallery Hop

Gallery/Studio Submission

The ISC in its commitment to highlight Philadelphia's unique art institutions and cultural sites will promote concurrent exhibitions and open studios during the conference through a printed Exhibitions Guide, mobile app, website, blogs, and social media.

If your gallery or studio would like to be listed in the conference Exhibitions Guide as well as the other forms of marketing mentioned above, share the details with us via the submission form below.

Above: First Friday in Old City. Photo by A. Ricketts for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®


Keynote Speaker

Doris SalcedoDoris Salcedo

Doris Salcedo (b. 1958, Bogotá) lives and works in Bogotá. Recognized since the early 1990s as one of the leading sculptors of her generation, her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Le Creux de L'Enfer, Thiers (1996); The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1998); Tate Britain, London (1999); MUAC, Mexico City; Moderna Museet, Malmö and Centro de Arte Moderna - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2011); MAXXI Rome; and Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo (2012).

Her highly regarded large scale public installations include Noviembre 6 y 7, The Palace of Justice, Bogotá (2002), The 8th International Istanbul Biennial (2003), Abyss, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2005), Shibboleth, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern (2007), and Acción de Duelo, Plaza de Bolívar, Bogotá (2007).

Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions: Carnegie International 1995, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh; Displacements: Miroslaw Balka, Doris Salcedo, Rachel Whiteread, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1998); History/Memory/Society, Tate Modern, (2000); Eztetyka del sueño, Palacio de Velasquez, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2001); Abyss: T1 Triennial of Contemporary Art, Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2005); The 80s: A Topology, Museu Serralves, Porto (2007); and América Latina: arte y confrontación, 1910-2010, Museu del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2010-2011).

The artist has also participated in several international biennials, such as Roteiros, XXIV Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (1998); Trace, The Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art (1999); and Documenta 11, Kassel (2002). She was the recipient of the Ordway Prize (2005), the Premio "Velázquez" de las Artes Plásticas (2010) and the 9th Hiroshima Art Prize (2014). A retrospective of her work opened in 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and traveled to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami. Harvard Art Museums opened a solo exhibition of her work in November 2016.

From October 2017 to April 2018, Palimpsest, an installation by Salcedo, was on view at the Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Above: Doris Salcedo Untitled 2003 1,550 wooden chairs approx. 33 x 20 x 20 ft. (10.1 x 6.1 x 6.1 m) site-specific work, 8th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2003 photo: Muammer Yanmaz image courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York. Doris Salcedo Portrait: Doris Salcedo photo: David Heald image courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York

Panel Speakers & Locations

Panel Speakers & Locations

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Conference Locations
Moore College of Art & Design
1916 Race St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Philadelphia 201 Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

Above: Swann Fountain at Logan's Square Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia®

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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