2019 International Sculpture Conference
The Multifaceted Maker
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From October 12-15, 2019, 250 artists, students, educators, and sculpture enthusiasts gathered in Portland, OR for the 29th International Sculpture Conference: The Multifaceted Maker. Participants traveled near and far, from countries such as Australia, Canada, China, England, and New Zealand, to attend this conference in the City of Roses.
Conference participants joined together for a number of exciting activities throughout Portland. Over 40 speakers enlightened participants through dynamic panel discussions at the Portland Art Museum and Pacific Northwest College of Art, speaking on topics such as sculpture in the digital age, multimedia intercultural collaborations, and sculpture inside and outside of the classroom. Attendees also traveled Portland to check out artists' studios, see public art, tour makerspaces, learn new techniques at hands-on demonstrations, and more. Over 40 galleries and studios opened their doors to attendees, showcasing sculpture exhibitions and their work, with some hosting special events.
Some highlights included the Opening Reception at the Pacific Northwest College of Art where attendees connected with Marketplace vendors, viewed the littleSCULPTURE Show Exhibition, and checked out other exhibitions on site including work by alumni and current BFA students, Krista Cibis, MFA sculpture students, and PNCA sculpture faculty. This year featured two Keynote Speakers, Lead Pencil Studio, and Leonardo Drew. Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio spoke of their multifaceted process and approach to making, showing architectural and public art projects that spanned their career. Leonardo Drew encouraged attendees to let their imagination run wild, and that creating art is a spiritual journey that will constantly evolve and evoke change.
The Conference ended with a Closing Reception at Portland State University in the Littman Gallery, where guests mingled with their new friends and celebrated the 2019 ISC Outstanding Student Achievement Award winners.
We would like to give a very special thank you to the Portland Conference Committee, the panelists, Lead Pencil Studio, Leonardo Drew, and all of the contributors who helped make this event a success, including: 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.