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Presented by the International Sculpture Center. Partners & Sponsors: Arts Council of Lake Oswego, Art Research Enterprises, Art Work Fine Art Services, Inc., Bullseye Glass Company, Ed Carpenter, Eichinger Sculpture Studio, Form 3D, Gizmo Art Production Inc., Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation, King School Museum of Contemporary Art, Leland Iron Works, Littman and White Galleries, Michael Curry Design, Mudshark Studios, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Pacific Northwest Sculptors, Portland Art Dealers Association, Portland Art Museum, Portland Community College, Portland Open Studios, Portland State University, Profile Laser LLC, Reed College, Regional Arts & Culture Council, and Savoy Studios. This program is made possible 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 Speakers | Panel Locations & Speakers


The International Sculpture Center will travel to Portland, OR from October 12-15, 2019 for the 29th International Sculpture Conference: The Multifaceted Maker, bringing together a diverse audience to discuss the influence and impact of contemporary sculpture, and its potential for cultural influx.

Join us in Portland for this unique conference offering four days of engaging programming.

The 2019 ISC Conference will feature:
  • Annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show
  • ARTSlams & Breakout Sessions
  • Engaging Panel Discussions
  • Evening Parties & Networking Events at PNCA, PSU and Reed College
  • Keynote Address by Leonardo Drew and Lead Pencil Studio
  • Hands on Workshops
  • Portland Open Studios & Gallery Hop
  • Optional Art & Culture Trips to Artist Studios and Foundries*
  • Outstanding Student Achievement Awards Exhibition at PSU
  • And more!

*Additional fees may apply

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Photo Credit: Mt Hood in the Distance. Courtesy of Travel Portland

Registration information

Registration Information

  Members** Non-Members Students*** Companions**** Day Pass
Early Bird
June 11 - July 4
Missed the Worm
July 5 - July 31
Aug 1 - Sept 16
Night Owl
Sept 17 - Oct 1
Oct 11 - 12
$250 per day

**Membership must be valid through December 31, 2019 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 can sign up for optional trips at an additional fee. Companions may not attend the conference panels, keynote address, ARTSlams, breakout 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

Friday, October 11th | 2PM-7PM (Hilton Hotel)
Saturday, October 12th | 9AM-8PM (PNCA)

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave,
Portland, OR 97204

511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

Contact information:
p. (609) 689-1051 x302

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Photo Credit: Antique Gate in Winter at Portland Japanese Garden. Photo by Johnston Photography. Courtesy of Travel Portland.


Keynote Speakers

Leonardo Drew
Leonardo Drew is known for creating reflective abstract sculptural works that play upon the dystopic tension between order and chaos. Recalling Post Minimalist sculpture that alludes to America's industrial past, as well as the plight of African Americans throughout U.S. history. One could find many meanings in his work, but ultimately the cyclical nature of life and decay can be seen in his grids of transformed raw material to resemble and articulate entropy and a visual erosion of time.

Drew's natural talent and passion for art was recognized at an early age, first exhibiting his work at the age of 13. He went on to attend the Parsons School of Design and received his BFA from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and art in 1985. His works have been shown nationally and internationally and are included in numerous public and private collections. Public institutions include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Guggenheim, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; and Tate, London, among others as well as collaborating with Merce Cunningham on the production of "Ground Level Overlay." New York Times art critic Roberta Smith describes his large reliefs as "pocked, splintered, seemingly burned here, bristling there, unexpectedly delicate elsewhere. An endless catastrophe seen from above. The energies intimated in these works are beyond human control, bigger than all of us". He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Photo Credit: Leonardo Drew in Studio. Photo by John Berens.

Lead Pencil Studio
Korean born Annie Han and US born Daniel Mihalyo are collaborators in Seattle-based LEAD PENCIL STUDIO since 2002, working in the area of installation art and sculpture at the architectural scale. Their work ranges widely in mediums, materials, scales and disciplines with a pervading interest in architectural space and the urban environment - often in relationship to the natural world. Their mediums include ceramics, photography, laser scanning, video, sculpture, drawing, and installation. Their work is exhibited throughout the US with locations in Europe and Asia - with over 15 solo museum exhibitions and 30 group shows.

Exhibition venues include the UT Austin Visual Art Center, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, MassArt Boston, Henry Art Gallery, SFMoMA, Boise Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Emily Carr Institute (BC), Exploratorium Museum, American Academy in Rome, Center on Contemporary Art, Aichi Triennial and Prague Quadrennial.

They are recipients of the Founder's Rome Prize, Architecture League of NY Emerging Voice, Contemporary NW Art Award, and the New York Prize from the Van Alen Institute.

Past residencies include The MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts and Center for Land Use Interpretation.

Photo Credit: IMG_9877x. Courtesy of Lead Pencil Studio.

Above: Along the Portland Waterfront. Courtesy of Travel Portland.
Panel Speakers & Locations

Panel Speakers & Locations

Click here for panelist biographies.

Conference Locations

Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA)
511 NW Broadway
Portland, OR 97209

Portland Art Museum
Fred & Suzanne Fields Ballroom
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Portland State University (PSU)
Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Reed College
Vollum Lecture Hall
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

Photo Credit: Portland Saturday Market. Photo by Jamie Francis. Courtesy of Travel Portland

Partners and Sponsors:

 Portland Art Museum       Portland State        Pacific Northwest College of Art    


   Portland open studios         RACC    Pacific Northwest Sculptors      



New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Discover Jersey ArtsNational Endowment for the Arts

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