26th International Sculpture Conference—”Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation”

26th International Sculpture Conference—”Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation”

International Sculpture Center

26th International Sculpture Conference James O’Toole, Steelworkers Monument, 2001. Courtesy of Charles FG Beal.
August 30, 2016
26th International Sculpture Conference—”Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation”

October 15–18, 2016

Registration deadline: September 29

August Wilson Center
980 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222


Registration is open now for the 26th International Sculpture Conference—Sculpture in Context: Tradition and Innovation,”in Pittsburgh, PA from October 15–18. Inspired by industry and innovation in Pittsburgh, the 26th International Sculpture Conference will explore how contemporary sculpture promotes cultural reinvention. Conference programs will include the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show; ARTSlams and mentor sessions; engaging panel discussions; evening parties at the Mattress Factory and Carrie Furnaces, among others; hands-on workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; a keynote address by Diana Al-Hadid; open studios and gallery hops; and optional art and culture trips. The International Sculpture Conference last came to Pittsburgh in 2001.

The ISC invites ISC members, non-members, students, and all sculpture enthusiasts alike to the 26th International Sculpture Conference. Registration is 460 USD for members, 585 USD for non-members, 200 USD for students, and 125 USD for limited companion passes. Registration will close on September 29. Visit www.sculpture.org/pittsburgh2016 to secure your spot for this exciting event.

Conference registration includes admission to all panels, a dynamic Keynote Address by Diana Al-Hadid, ARTSlams & mentor sessions, an opening reception & littleSCULPTURE Show at the August Wilson Center with a city-wide Gallery Hop, programming at Carnegie Mellon University, a reception at the Mattress Factory, a closing reception at Carrie Furnaces, boxed lunches and coffee hours, shuttles to select conference activities, and much more.

Annually, the International Sculpture Conference introduces working artists, arts professionals, educators, and students to new art communities around the world and fosters dialogue on international topics in contemporary sculpture. ISC Conferences provide vast networking opportunities for professionals and students to meet and are stimulating educational opportunities for all who attend.  Members of our conferences leave inspired with lasting connections, innovative ideas, and new possibilities in the field of sculpture.

This year’s conference features panels on diverse and engaging topics. Led by artists and arts professionals at the forefront of contemporary sculpture, discussion topics include, A Place for Research and Cultural Resistance: Interstitial Public Space- a Transdisciplinary View; SEA Change: Sculpture, Education, and the New Paradigm; “What’s Past is Prologue”: The Influence of History on Contemporary Practice; The Complex Art of Making: the Role of Today’s Technology In the Artist’s Studio; The Object Maker in the Digital World; Casting the Iron Garden; From the Ludicrous to the Sublime (Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Process); Older than Yesterday’s News;  and more. In addition to panels, the conference is honored to host Keynote Speaker Diana Al-Hadid, who will speak about her work and practice, and then open the floor for Q+A.

Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1981 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Working with a diverse array of materials, Al-Hadid creates monumental sculptures, drawings, and panels, all of which blur the lines between figuration and abstraction. Her work references history by drawing influence from disrupted typologies found in architecture, antiquity, cosmology, and Old Master paintings.

Further details about the conference, its comprehensive schedule, and other ISC events are available at www.sculpture.org/pittsburgh2016. Connect directly with the conference on Facebook, or by contacting the ISC Events Department at [email protected].

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. Members include sculptors, collectors, patrons, architects, developers, journalists, curators, historians, critics, educators, foundries, galleries, and museums-anyone with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture. Please visit the ISC website for more.


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