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.
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, 2019. 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 email@example.com 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 11th, October 12th, and October 16th. Sign-up is available upon conference registration and additional fees may 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 and purchase optional tours. This ticket does not grant your companion access to panel discussions, keynote speaker, or breakout sessions. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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?
Panels will be held at Portland Art Museum, PNCA, PSU, and other venues around Portland.
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 Breakout Session?
Artists will meet with smaller groups to discuss their techniques, share their art, and answer questions. Information regarding Breakout Sessions at the 29th ISC Conference will be available in the Summer of 2019.
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 email@example.com.
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. Contact Community Engagement Manager with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, or an ad in the conference program book. 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 $200 and space is limited. For more sponsorship opportunities click here. Contact the ISC Events Department at (609) 689-1051 x302 or email@example.com 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:
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.
When will registration open?
Registration will open through September 2019. Click here for information on rates and deadlines.
What is included in my registration fee?
Registration includes: admission to all panel discussions at the Portland Art Museum; evening receptions at PNCA & PSU; keynote address; ARTSlams & Breakout sessions; annual littleSCULPTURE Show reception, artist studio tours/gallery hop; Outstanding Student Achievement Awards Exhibition; boxed lunches; 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 2019 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.
Want to register a group of students? Contact email@example.com for information on how to register.
Will on-site registration be available?
On-Site Day Passes will be available on a first-come basis. Premium fees will apply. Please contact the events department at firstname.lastname@example.org to see if they are available before making travel plans.
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 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 Hilton Portland Downtown. 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 Hilton Portland Downtown. The Hilton is in close proximity to The Portland Art Museum, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Saturday Market, Portland State University, and Pacific Northwest College of Art. Visit the travel page to check out all of the great deals offered.
What is the best way to get around once I arrive in Portland?
The TriMet bus system offers low fares starting at $2.50, friendly drivers and full wheelchair accessibility. Most buses are now equipped with bike racks, making mass transit more user-friendly for the cycling set.
If you are looking for a less expensive and easy method of getting to downtown Portland, MAX light rail offers service to and from the airport, with 97 stations and 60 miles of track connecting the city, and region.
The Portland Streetcar, now known as the NS line, travels through downtown and the popular shopping and dining area of the Pearl District. The streetcar runs approximately every 15 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and every 20 minutes on Sundays. These tickets are valid on MAX light rail trains and TriMet buses, as well as the streetcar, and cost $2.50 for 2.5 hours or $5 for all-day.
Hop Fastpass™ is a better way to pay your fare on TriMet, C-TRAN and Portland Streetcar. You can purchase tickets for all 3 modes of transportation from one website.
Upon your arrival in Portland 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.
Portland’s bike sharing program called, Biketown, allows for individuals to rent a bike for the day. For a small fee (an average of $2.50 for 30 minutes of use), riders can check out bikes at one of 20 kiosks or via the Biketown website or free smartphone app.
Uber and Lyft are convenient and easy ways to navigate Portland. 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. Click here to sign up for an Uber account
Cabs to and from the airport average around $35 one way before gratuity. Radio Cab offers a discount with coupons available on their website. The one-way trip takes 20-40 minutes. You can find taxis waiting in the center section of the airport terminal’s lower roadway outside of baggage claim. For a list of taxicab companies, click here.
Transportation by bus will also be provided to select conference activities. Check out the schedule page to see what's included.
For more information on how to get around Portland, 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 downtown Portland with ease. However, if you would like to explore some of the great attractions outside of the city during your free time you can pick up a car at the airport. Car rental companies available at the airport include, Avis, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. The ISC has secured deals on rental cars with Hertz. For more information, see the travel page.
For more information on how to get around Portland, click here.
Where can I park?
For information on where to park your car in Portland, 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 Hilton Portland Downtown, they offer valet parking for a fee of $52 US per day.
During panel discussions at the Portland Art Museum, attendees may park at the lot adjacent to the Museum, City Center Parking. Their rates include $5.00 per hour, $14.00 all day, and evening/weekend pricing at $5.00 (after 6PM). Click here to view more parking garages near the Museum. There are also metered parking spots around the museum that are $2.00 per hour.
Stay tuned for optional art and culture trips, coming soon. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Click here to see a full list of museums and must see attractions.
What else is there to explore in Portland?
Portland is comprised of five quadrants with plenty of neighborhoods that are great to explore, each with its own distinctive personality. Explore some of these neighborhoods and discover their buzzed-about restaurants, cozy craft beer bars, progressive art galleries, Portland Made shops, live music venues, and unique attractions. Click here for Portland neighborhoods, landmarks, and attractions to get you started. For more information on specific places to visit in Portland and beyond, click here.
If you'd like to extend your trip further, the popular towns of Vancouver, Sauvie Island, and St. Helens are all located within a 30 minute drive or 1 hour train ride from Portland. 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 the Oregon Coast. Where Oregon meets the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find rocky vistas, miles upon miles of public beaches, artistic enclaves, working fishing towns, microbrews, seafood and, yes, even surfing. Why not delve into the extensive art collection at The Bronze Coast Gallery located about 90 minutes from Portland.
Or you can visit the DragonFire Studio and Gallery that focus on original art from the Pacific Northwest, in media ranging from paint to glass, ceramic, and metal. The studio also offers seasonal workshops.
Did you know that Seattle is only about a 3-hour car ride away (173.8 miles North from Portland)? There you can take in art museums like the Seattle Art Museum, visit Chihuly Garden & Glass, or relax and enjoy fine dining at one of the City’s top restaurants.
For more information on specific places to visit beyond Portland, click here.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be submitted in writing before September 19, 2019 and are subject to a $150 cancellation fee. No refunds will be offered for cancellations received after September 19, 2019. All approved refunds will be issued within 3 days of request to original paid credit card.
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Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or email@example.com. The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.