Welcome to the Conference Blog!

The ISC conference blog is intended to help generate a dialogue for people who are interested in the 23rd International Sculpture Conference in Chicago, IL.

Whether you are registered, presenting or just thinking about attending the conference, please feel free to use this forum to discuss your thoughts and ideas to help strengthen the sculpture community.

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Some last minute Tools & Tips

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What’s the best way to get the schedule, latest updates, photos and directions for the 23rd International Sculpture Conference in Chicago? The Mobile App! Download it before the conference by scanning the QR code to the left or visiting this link http://www.sculpture.org/mobile/on your iPhone or Android device. Add it to your home screen so you can reference it during the conference events! Subscribe to the calendar to get the full conference schedule. Continue reading

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Three Great Events, One Giant Gallery Hop!

Chicago Arts District 41st Open House

Chicago Arts District 41st Open House

Greetings from Chicago! October is a great time to visit Chicago. It’s Chicago Artists’ Month, which means there are many special art events throughout the city, and the Chicago Arts District is no exception. The same weekend as the 23rd International Sculpture Conference, there’s the biggest event of the year at the Chicago Arts District. On Friday, October 5th 6-10 pm and Saturday, October 6th 12-7 pm we are hosting the 42nd Annual Pilsen East Artists’ Open House. This long running tradition has been a much loved neighborhood staple since the first one in 1970, and we’ve never missed a year. Continue reading

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The Installation Experiment

Still from “Bed of Junk Mail”, performance/installation in the artist’s studio.

In the past 25 years I have based my art practice, first in Tokyo, then Los Angeles, and now Chicago. Initially I was known for my ceramic-based work and installation/performances dealing with with cross-cultural and feminist issues (Sculpture, October 2001). Since relocating to Chicago in 2006, an additional focus of my practice has been on environmental art.  This steamed directly from my artist residency at BauerLatoza Studio, a Chicago-based architecture firm with a commitment to sustainable design. Working from a studio situated within the firm’s offices, my work evolved from a private studio practice based on gallery relationships to one that also includes community building and collaborations with artists and environmental activists around the world.  This environmental art work and activism was discussed in an interview with Collette Chattopadhyay in the September 2010 issue of Sculpture and was reprinted in ISC Press’s “The New Earthwork.” I joined ISC as a professional member because of the support the organization gives to artists working in sculpture and installation, and subsequently joined the local chapter, Chicago Sculpture International (CSI) to connect locally. Continue reading

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Neon Demonstration @ Sedgwick Studios

John E. Bannon working with neon.

My name is John E. Bannon and I, along with Michael Young, will be conducting the neon demonstration taking place at the Sedgwick Studio. I first became involved with neon in 1990, when I was an undergrad at the University of Illinois @ Urbana/Champaign.  In my practice I explore different media in order to ensure the best presentation for the concept.  Neon began as a solution to sculpture I was making and I have been using it in my work ever since. Continue reading

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Always say yes…

I was extremely honored to be asked to teach a workshop on using internet tools to artists at the 23rd International Sculpture Center Conference in Chicago, Illinois and extremely nervous. But I followed the golden rule and said “yes.” A week ago I wrote to Erin to ask when she was going to let me know if the workshop had filled she replied that the room could hold 100 people. Gulp. Now, what have I gotten myself into, I wonder. I do use email, a blog, and Facebook regularly to keep my family, friends and fans up to date on my work and the writing that is involved with my ‘digital strategy’ does help me understand what I do and who I do it for a lot better.  A lot of people get my emails, or we are friends on Facebook but we have never met. Welcome to the virtual world. Continue reading

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Welcome to Chicago!

I am looking forward to welcoming you to Chicago. I sincerely hope that you enjoy all that our wonderful City has to offer. I was thrilled that we were able to arrange for a reception at the Belmont Harbor Yacht Club. It brings the conference further out of the downtown area and into some of our real neighborhoods. It also affords you an opportunity to see more of the fabulous sculptures that are located at the north end of the show. Continue reading

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Texas Sculpture Group

The Texas Sculpture Group is taking shape and evolving into what we feel will be a vital, timely and provocative organization.  We are one of three Chapters operating in cooperation with the International Sculpture Center (ISC), and have already established our leadership format. Continue reading

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Form in Flora III

Jason Verbeek combined steel and small plants to create a living sculpture called “Vertical Vegetation.” The spire affords a surprisingly effective environment for the plants to grow.

Do we feel differently about something if it is grown or if it is created by human hands? Form in Flora III explores this idea by placing nature inspired sculpture within the plant collection, each piece emerging from the foliage, conversing with the environment in which it now resides. Playing with these juxtapositions, sculptures are embedded into the plant collection of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, one of the city’s great botanical and architectural gems. This popular destination will offer a rich visual and tactical experience to visitors and will be the largest grouping of sculptures in the third year.

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2nd Fridays in East Pilsen – Sept. 14th!

It’s been great having the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award Show in the Chicago Arts District, and I’m thrilled that they are participating in our much loved monthly tradition, 2nd Fridays. ISC will open the doors to 1932 S. Halsted #102, on the first floor of the historic Fountainhead Lofts building for the August and September 2nd Fridays. Continue reading

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Top Registration Questions – Modifying Registration

As the 23rd International Sculpture Conference approaches, my phone begins to ring more and more frequently throughout the day. Some questions can be answered quickly, and some are a bit more complicated. I thought I could take this opportunity to provide some helpful tips and hints about conference registration. Continue reading

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