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2018 International Sculpture Conference
Defining Moments in the Face of Change
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From October 25-28, 2018, 250 artists, students, educators, and sculpture enthusiasts gathered in Philadelphia, PA for the 28th International Sculpture Conference: Defining Moments in the Face of Change. Participants traveled near and far, from countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, and Peru, to attend this conference in the City of Brotherly Love.

Conference participants joined together for a number of exciting activities throughout Philadelphia. Over 35 speakers enlightened participants through dynamic panel discussions at Moore College of Art and Design, speaking on topics such as the hybridity of materials, multi-ethnic perspectives, and public art engagement. Attendees also traveled the length of Philadelphia to attend a variety of hands-on workshops and trips.

Tours throughout the city gave all a chance to see what Philadelphia has to offer, including checking out some of the over 3,000 murals that decorate the city, trips to artist studio collectives and makerspaces, and visits to historic sites like City Hall and Eastern State Penitentiary, among others. Attendees also got the chance to check out The Seward Johnson Atelier, where they heard technical talks, went on tours of the atelier, wandered around Grounds For Sculpture, and got to hear from the artists on exhibition there.

Some highlights included the opening reception at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel where attendees connected with Marketplace vendors, and a reception at University of the Arts which featured their new Makerspace, and an exhibition by Jake Beckman, and a performance piece hosted by artists Christopher Olszewski and Michael Flynn where attendees were able to build their own cheesesteaks. The finale of the conference featured a profoundly moving Keynote Address by Doris Salcedo, where she illustrated how she represents survivors of sexual violence and refugees in her work. Salcedo's stories and connection with victims moved the audience and inspired everyone to create meaningful art. The conference ended at Moore, where guests mingled with their new friends and discussed the Keynote Address with the local art community.

We would like to give a very special thank you to the Philadelphia Conference Committee, the panelists, Doris Salcedo, and all the contributors who helped make the event a success: The 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, Sipi Metal Corp. ,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.