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 limit 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, 2016. 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 red box on the left, as pictured below, or you can contact the membership department at firstname.lastname@example.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. Click here to learn what is available. Sign-up is available upon conference registration, and additional fees apply.
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. Click here to learn what companions may and may not attend. Your registered companion may also purchase tickets for optional tours. More details on optional tours are available on the Activities Page. 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 email@example.com 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 the August Wilson Center, Carnegie Mellon University, Carrie Furnaces, and the Mattress Factory.
Where can I park?
While at the August Wilson Center, metered street parking may be available nearby. There is also a parking garage at Smithfield and Liberty, located at 629 Smithfield Street. At Carnegie Mellon University, there may be nearby metered street parking on Tech Street or Frew Street. Click here for a map. If you will be driving to Carrie Furnaces or the Mattress Factory, they have a parking lot available.
There is also a free parking app available for download. ParkPGH is Pittsburgh's first smart parking solution delivering real-time garage parking space availability for select Pittsburgh garages located in the Cultural District, the Central Business District, and the North Shore. Parking inventory is updated every 30 seconds and delivered to users by way of mobile web, iPhone app, text messaging, a traditional website, and a call-in service.
If you have any specific questions about parking, contact the ISC Events Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What is a Mentoring Session?
Panelists will meet with smaller groups to discuss issues examined in panel discussions and answer questions. 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.
Is the conference ADA accessible?
The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons. Information about ADA accessibility can be found on the Schedule page and Activity page. Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or email@example.com.
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:
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.
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.
Requests will only be considered by reputable, verifiable media sources. Freelance reporters must provide an indication of targeted publications or previously published articles.
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".
Each publication approved will be allowed no more than 2 press passes for the event. In most cases only one pass will be approved.
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.
What is included in my registration fee?
Registration includes admission to all panels, the keynote address by Diana Al-Hadid, ARTSlams & Mentor sessions, Opening & littleSCULPTURE Show at the August Wilson Center, with a city-wide Gallery Hop, programming at Carnegie Mellon University, a reception at the Mattress Factory, closing Reception at Carrie Furnaces, boxed lunches and coffee hour, and shuttles to select conference activities.
Is there a student rate for this conference?
Yes, there is a student rate available. Space is very limited- register early to receive the discounted student rate. The student rate is 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 current valid school ID or transcript (through the Fall 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 regularly 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 send 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 myself or 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, (609) 689-1051 ext. 302, email@example.com.
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. 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 can pay for registration 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 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 register at any point while conference registration is open, after the ISC Member has completed their registration. If registering as a companion after the ISC Member has completed their registration, the two registrations, confirmation emails, and payment will be separate.
Can I modify my registration?
You can modify your registration, including adding companions, optional tours, and events on our registration site. Click here to modify your registration.
Enter your information, including your confirmation number, which can be found in your confirmation email.
On the top left corner of the page, there is a button that says “My Information”. Hover over this button until a drop down menu appears. Select “Modify”.
Continue through registration until you get to the section you wish to modify.
You must complete the registration process to save any changes. You should receive an updated confirmation email after your registration has been saved.
For questions involving modifying your registration, please contact the ISC Events Department at (609) 689-1051 x302 or firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call (609) 689-1051 x302. Please include your member number in your correspondence.
Are there any travel discounts available?
Yes, the ISC has received discounted room rates at the Omni William Penn Hotel. Please take advantage of the hotel discount by visiting the travel page. The ISC has also arranged for discounted rates with the Hertz rental car company. For more information, see the travel page.
What is the official conference hotel?
The official conference hotel is the Omni William Penn, a historic hotel located in the heart of the Downtown Business District. The Omni is a short walk away from the August Wilson Center, where panel discussions will be held. Visit the travel page to check out all of the great deals offered at the Omni.
What is the best way to get around once I arrive in Pittsburgh?
Upon your arrival in Pittsburgh by air, there are several transportation options available. Car rental companies available at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. Taxi service from Checker Cab, Veterans Taxi, and Yellow Cab Co. of Pittsburgh are available at the airport as well.
If you’re looking for less expensive methods of getting downtown, the 28X Bus arrives every thirty minutes outside of door 6 in the baggage claim and is only $3.75 one-way (exact change required!). The Pittsburgh Port Authority System has partnered with Google Transit, making it easy to find a ride. This partnership allows visitors to search for public transportation routes in real time using interactive Google Maps technology.
Uber is also a great option to get around Pittsburgh. Whether you’re headed to the North Side to check out some great museums or Mount Washington for a night out, the Uber app connects you with a reliable ride — from low-cost to premium — in minutes. ISC Conference attendees who are new Uber users can get $20 off their first ride with Uber by using the promo code SculpturePA. Download the Uber App on your phone's App store or at get.uber.com.
Once you arrive, Downtown Pittsburgh is totally walkable! Downtown is a compact 50-acre area bordered by Grant Street to the east, Penn Avenue to the north, and the Boulevard of the Allies to the south. You're never more than a few blocks to your destination. Outside of downtown, public transportation links the outlying city neighborhoods and suburbs.
Port Authority of Allegheny County is the public transit agency for the Greater Pittsburgh area, providing bus, light rail, incline, and paratransit service to thousands of riders daily. The bus system is a great way to get around Pittsburgh if you choose not to rent a car. Transportation by bus will also be provided to select conference activities. More information coming soon!
Do I need to rent a car?
You may wish to rent a car during free time to explore some of the great sites nearby which are not included in the program; however, it is not a necessity that you rent a car for this conference. Downtown Pittsburgh is walkable and is a great place to explore for everything from fine dining to wonderful historic, cultural, and entertainment sites.
If you prefer to rent a car, you can pick one up at the airport. Car rental companies available at the airport are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Payless. The ISC has secured deals on rental cars.
Uber is also a great option to get around Pittsburgh. Whether you’re headed to the North Side to check out some great museums or Mount Washington for a night out, the Uber app connects you with a reliable ride — from low-cost to premium — in minutes. ISC Conference attendees who are new Uber users can get $20 off their first ride with Uber by using the promo code SculpturePA. Download the Uber app on your phone's App store or at get.uber.com.
For more details on getting around Pittsburgh, visit the travel page.
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From its beginnings as an industrial capital, Pittsburgh is rife with history. As its city’s populations grew, its population became more diverse, which is why Pittsburgh is so ethnically varied. The churches of Pittsburgh are a true way to experience this diversity while also getting a taste of the history and real architectural beauty in this city. Many landmark churches in Pittsburgh date back to the 1870s-early 1900s. Click here to learn a bit more about churches in Pittsburgh to visit.
How can I extend my stay in Pittsburgh?
If you would like to extend your stay and explore Pittsburgh and the surrounding area on your own, there are plenty of things to see and do. Some options for day trips are: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA (optional trip coming soon. Approximately 1.5 hours away), Palace of Gold in New Vrindaban, WV (approximately 1.5 hours away), Lake Erie, Erie, PA (approximately 2 hours away), or Cleveland, OH (approximately 2 hours away).
If you’d like to extend your trip further, you can travel a few hours to some wonderful major cities, rich in culture. To the west, you can check out Detroit, MI, which is approximately 4 hours from Pittsburgh. To the east, there is Niagara Falls, NY (approximately 3.5 hours away), Baltimore, MD (approximately 4 hours away), Washington, D.C. (approximately 4 hours away), Philadelphia, PA (approximately 4.5 hours away), Toronto, ON, Canada (approximately 5 hours away), and New York City (approximately 5.5 hours away).
If you choose to extend your stay, be sure to reserve tours or activities ahead of time. For information on visiting Pittsburgh and planning your trip, visit http://www.visitpittsburgh.com.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be submitted in writing before September 19, 2016 and are subject to a $125 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after September 19, 2016. All approved refunds will be issued within 3 days of request to original paid credit card.
Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.