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Pre-registration is required for Optional Activities

There are many optional tours and workshops in which conference attendees may participate. Some are free (with purchase of conference registration) and some have a fee – take a look! There are parties, tours, workshops, and tech shops, really, something for everyone! Pre-registration is required. You may register for optional activities by visiting the Modify Registration Page.

Itineraries are current, but subject to change at the discretion of tour guide. If a tour that you register for changes for any reason, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Monday, Oct. 1st

Tech Shop: Building a Furnace to Melt Iron - Day 1
SAIC Metal Shop, Rm 024, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday, OCT 1-3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Hans Wolfe, Sarah Harling
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants will construct a furnace for melting iron. A variety of designs and applications will be discussed as well as basic operation. This furnace will actually be fired on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron pour at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. All participants are encouraged to be involved in the firing of this furnace. Participants must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Please bring your own leather jackets, chaps, and face shields if you have them. Questions regarding this workshop should be directed to Hans Wolfe: hwolfe@css.org.


Photo Credit: Iron Melting Furnace Pouring Steel by Sudhashu Goyal on Flickr

 

Tech Shop: Ceramic Shell Molding for Iron - Day 1
SAIC World Famous Foundry, Rm 026,
Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday Oct 1-3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Carolyn Ottmers, Marjee Levine
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants learn how to create a ceramic shell mold from a wax positive. All molds will be poured in iron on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron-casting demonstrations at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Ceramic shell molding is a “lost wax” investment technique. A pattern (or positive) in the form of the final sculpture is created in wax. Wax rods or “sprues” are attached to the wax pattern to create channels in the mold for the metal to flow thru. The wax is invested in ceramic shell, then fired in a kiln to melt out the wax and vitrify the shell. Molten metal can now be poured into the negative cavity created by the wax pattern and sprues. The shell is removed and the metal sprues cut off.

Participants should arrive with a completely sculpted wax pattern ready for molding. There will be no time to create a pattern during the workshop. Each participant is limited to 7 pounds of wax patterns total. Wax sprues, wax-working tools and safety gear related to activities in the Techshop will be provided. If participants would like to be involved in the actual pouring of their molds, they must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Questions regarding pattern preparation and this workshop may be directed to Carolyn Ottmers: cottme@saic.edu.


Photo Credit: Ceramic Shell Bronze Balloon Derek Russell on Flickr

 

Tech Shop: Sandmolding for Iron - Day 1
SAIC Moldmaking Studio, Rm 030, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday, Oct 1-3,
10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Dan Matheson, Devon Bonstein
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants learn how to create a sodium silicate bonded sand mold. All molds will be poured in iron on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron-casting demonstrations at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Sand molds are created in sections by ramming bonded sand against a pattern. Patterns can be made from any material that can withstand this process. Any patterns containing moisture must be sealed. Mold sections are designed in such a way as to permit physical removal of the pattern. Channels are carved directly into the sand mold to allow for the metal to flow into the negative space created by the pattern. This is a great molding process for modified found objects.

Participants should bring objects and patterns to the workshop ready for molding. There will be no time to create a pattern during the Techshop. Each participant is limited to a total of 100 pounds of iron. Sand, resin, sand-molding tools, and safety gear related to activities in the Techshop will be provided. If participants would like to be involved in the actual pouring of their molds, they must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Questions regarding pattern preparation and this workshop may be directed to Dan Matheson: dmathe@saic.edu.


Photo Credit: Sandmolding Workshop Drawing Antartica Mold by James Neil on Flickr

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd

Tech Shop: Building a Furnace to Melt Iron - Day 2
SAIC Metal Shop, Rm 024, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday, OCT 1-3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Hans Wolfe, Sarah Harling
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants will construct a furnace for melting iron. A variety of designs and applications will be discussed as well as basic operation. This furnace will actually be fired on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron pour at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. All participants are encouraged to be involved in the firing of this furnace. Participants must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Please bring your own leather jackets, chaps, and face shields if you have them. Questions regarding this workshop should be directed to Hans Wolfe: hwolfe@css.org.


Photo Credit: Iron Melting Furnace Pouring Steel by Sudhashu Goyal on Flickr

 

Tech Shop: Ceramic Shell Molding for Iron - Day 2
SAIC World Famous Foundry, Rm 026, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday Oct 1-3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Carolyn Ottmers, Marjee Levine
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants learn how to create a ceramic shell mold from a wax positive. All molds will be poured in iron on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron-casting demonstrations at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Ceramic shell molding is a “lost wax” investment technique. A pattern (or positive) in the form of the final sculpture is created in wax. Wax rods or “sprues” are attached to the wax pattern to create channels in the mold for the metal to flow thru. The wax is invested in ceramic shell, then fired in a kiln to melt out the wax and vitrify the shell. Molten metal can now be poured into the negative cavity created by the wax pattern and sprues. The shell is removed and the metal sprues cut off.

Participants should arrive with a completely sculpted wax pattern ready for molding. There will be no time to create a pattern during the workshop. Each participant is limited to 7 pounds of wax patterns total. Wax sprues, wax-working tools and safety gear related to activities in the Techshop will be provided. If participants would like to be involved in the actual pouring of their molds, they must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Questions regarding pattern preparation and this workshop may be directed to Carolyn Ottmers: cottme@saic.edu.


Photo Credit: Ceramic Shell Bronze Balloon Derek Russell on Flickr

 

Tech Shop: Sandmolding for Iron - Day 2
SAIC Moldmaking Studio, Rm 030, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday, Oct 1-3,
10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Dan Matheson, Devon Bonstein
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants learn how to create a sodium silicate bonded sand mold. All molds will be poured in iron on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron-casting demonstrations at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Sand molds are created in sections by ramming bonded sand against a pattern. Patterns can be made from any material that can withstand this process. Any patterns containing moisture must be sealed. Mold sections are designed in such a way as to permit physical removal of the pattern. Channels are carved directly into the sand mold to allow for the metal to flow into the negative space created by the pattern. This is a great molding process for modified found objects.

Participants should bring objects and patterns to the workshop ready for molding. There will be no time to create a pattern during the Techshop. Each participant is limited to a total of 100 pounds of iron. Sand, resin, sand-molding tools, and safety gear related to activities in the Techshop will be provided. If participants would like to be involved in the actual pouring of their molds, they must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Questions regarding pattern preparation and this workshop may be directed to Dan Matheson: dmathe@saic.edu.


Photo Credit: Sandmolding Workshop Drawing Antartica Mold by James Neil on Flickr

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd

Tech Shop: Building a Furnace to Melt Iron - Day 3
SAIC Metal Shop, Rm 024, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday, OCT 1-3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Hans Wolfe, Sarah Harling
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants will construct a furnace for melting iron. A variety of designs and applications will be discussed as well as basic operation. This furnace will actually be fired on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron pour at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. All participants are encouraged to be involved in the firing of this furnace. Participants must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Please bring your own leather jackets, chaps, and face shields if you have them. Questions regarding this workshop should be directed to Hans Wolfe: hwolfe@css.org.


Photo Credit: Iron Melting Furnace Pouring Steel by Sudhashu Goyal on Flickr

 

Tech Shop: Ceramic Shell Molding for Iron - Day 3
SAIC World Famous Foundry, Rm 026,
Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday Oct 1-3, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Carolyn Ottmers, Marjee Levine
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants learn how to create a ceramic shell mold from a wax positive. All molds will be poured in iron on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron-casting demonstrations at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Ceramic shell molding is a “lost wax” investment technique. A pattern (or positive) in the form of the final sculpture is created in wax. Wax rods or “sprues” are attached to the wax pattern to create channels in the mold for the metal to flow thru. The wax is invested in ceramic shell, then fired in a kiln to melt out the wax and vitrify the shell. Molten metal can now be poured into the negative cavity created by the wax pattern and sprues. The shell is removed and the metal sprues cut off.

Participants should arrive with a completely sculpted wax pattern ready for molding. There will be no time to create a pattern during the workshop. Each participant is limited to 7 pounds of wax patterns total. Wax sprues, wax-working tools and safety gear related to activities in the Techshop will be provided. If participants would like to be involved in the actual pouring of their molds, they must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Questions regarding pattern preparation and this workshop may be directed to Carolyn Ottmers: cottme@saic.edu.


Photo Credit: Ceramic Shell Bronze Balloon Derek Russell on Flickr

 

Tech Shop: Sandmolding for Iron - Day 3
SAIC Moldmaking Studio, Rm 030, Columbus Drive Building
Monday – Wednesday, Oct 1-3,
10:00am - 5:00pm
Instructors: Dan Matheson, Devon Bonstein
Cost: $300


In this workshop, participants learn how to create a sodium silicate bonded sand mold. All molds will be poured in iron on Saturday, Oct 6, during the iron-casting demonstrations at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Sand molds are created in sections by ramming bonded sand against a pattern. Patterns can be made from any material that can withstand this process. Any patterns containing moisture must be sealed. Mold sections are designed in such a way as to permit physical removal of the pattern. Channels are carved directly into the sand mold to allow for the metal to flow into the negative space created by the pattern. This is a great molding process for modified found objects.

Participants should bring objects and patterns to the workshop ready for molding. There will be no time to create a pattern during the Techshop. Each participant is limited to a total of 100 pounds of iron. Sand, resin, sand-molding tools, and safety gear related to activities in the Techshop will be provided. If participants would like to be involved in the actual pouring of their molds, they must bring their own leather boots and safety glasses. Questions regarding pattern preparation and this workshop may be directed to Dan Matheson: dmathe@saic.edu.


Photo Credit: Sandmolding Workshop Drawing Antartica Mold by James Neil on Flickr

 

Workshop: Aluminum Welding - A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,10:30am-12:00pm
Instructor: Charles Yost
Miller Electric Training Center
3524 West Lake Ave., Glenview, IL
Cost: $40


A 30 min classroom presentation precedes welding lab time. GTAW, GMAW-P (tig and pulsed mig) will be the focus. The newest Miller Electric welding machines will be available for welding practice. Welding helmets, welding jackets, gloves, safety equipment will be provided for temporary use in the Training Center. Participants must arrange their own transportation to Miller.

Bio: Charles Yost is a Chicago-based sculptor who was trained in Illinois at the School of the Art Institute, with a BFA in sculpture. While studying at Northern Illinois University, Yost pursued many forms and materials; bronze and aluminum casting, polyester resin, fiberglass, welded steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. He achieved both a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in sculpture. In his works, which have been displayed in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, and Tennessee, Yost seeks to combine both geometric and organic elements. Kinetic movement in some pieces involve the viewer to set the forms in motion. Yost, an AWS Certified Welding Educator, is currently employed as Instructor/Training Consultant for Miller Electric Mfg. Co. Inc, Training Department, ITW Welding North America.



 

Northside Trolley Tour of ISC Chapter Outdoor Sculptures – A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
12:00pm-2:00pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Cost: $15


Trolley tours of the Chicago Park District /Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition are available for ISC conference attendees. Chicago Sculpture International, an affiliate chapter organization of the ISC, is hosting an exhibition sculptures in Chicago Park District locations in the vicinity of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference. The tour will visit works north of the Art Institute. Tour will have a CSI guide, as well as some of the exhibiting artists, along to talk about the work on display.

 

Southside Trolley Tour of ISC Chapter Outdoor Sculptures – A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
12:00pm-2:00pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Cost: $15


Trolley tours of the Chicago Park District /Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition are available for ISC conference attendees. Chicago Sculpture International, an affiliate chapter organization of the ISC, is hosting an exhibition sculptures in Chicago Park District locations in the vicinity of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference. The tour will visit works south of the Art Institute. Tour will have a CSI guide, as well as some of the exhibiting artists, along to talk about the work on display.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright by Bus
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Cost: $75


Discover the Oak Park neighborhood where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and where he developed the prairie style of architecture. You will be joined by a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent and enjoy an interior tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, a one-hour guided walking tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District, and a tour of his “little jewel box,” Unity Temple. Please note the walking portion of the tour is approximately 3/4 mile in length and proper footwear is necessary.


Photo Credit: Photographer Don Kalec. Collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

 

Architecture River Cruise - A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 1:00PM-2:30PM
Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive
Cost: $40


Experience Chicago by boat! The Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady fleet is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. Expert volunteer tour guides interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. Tour provides an overview of historic and modern architectural styles, plus many stories about the people who designed and built the city. Cruise departs from the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance. Please arrive 20 minutes before departure for check-in and boarding.


Photo Credit: Architecture River Cruise. Photo by Anne Evans. Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation

 

Workshop: Aluminum Welding - B
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Instructor: Charles Yost
Miller Electric Training Center
3524 West Lake Ave., Glenview, IL
Cost: $40


A 30 min classroom presentation precedes welding lab time. GTAW, GMAW-P (tig and pulsed mig) will be the focus. The newest Miller Electric welding machines will be available for welding practice. Welding helmets, welding jackets, gloves, safety equipment will be provided for temporary use in the Training Center. Participants must arrange their own transportation to Miller.

Bio: Charles Yost is a Chicago-based sculptor who was trained in Illinois at the School of the Art Institute, with a BFA in sculpture. While studying at Northern Illinois University, Yost pursued many forms and materials; bronze and aluminum casting, polyester resin, fiberglass, welded steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. He achieved both a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees in sculpture. In his works, which have been displayed in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, and Tennessee, Yost seeks to combine both geometric and organic elements. Kinetic movement in some pieces involve the viewer to set the forms in motion. Yost, an AWS Certified Welding Educator, is currently employed as Instructor/Training Consultant for Miller Electric Mfg. Co. Inc, Training Department, ITW Welding North America.

 

Northside Trolley Tour of ISC Chapter Outdoor Sculptures – B
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
2:00pm-4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Cost: $15


Trolley tours of the Chicago Park District /Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition are available for ISC conference attendees. Chicago Sculpture International, an affiliate chapter organization of the ISC, is hosting an exhibition sculptures in Chicago Park District locations in the vicinity of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference. The tour will visit works north of the Art Institute. Tour will have a CSI guide, as well as some of the exhibiting artists, along to talk about the work on display.

 

Southside Trolley Tour of ISC Chapter Outdoor Sculptures – B
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
2:00pm-4:30pm
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
Cost: $15


Trolley tours of the Chicago Park District /Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition are available for ISC conference attendees. Chicago Sculpture International, an affiliate chapter organization of the ISC, is hosting an exhibition sculptures in Chicago Park District locations in the vicinity of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference. The tour will visit works south of the Art Institute. Tour will have a CSI guide, as well as some of the exhibiting artists, along to talk about the work on display.

 

Architecture River Cruise - B
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
3:00PM - 4:30PM
Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive
Cost: $40


Experience Chicago by boat! The Official Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard the Chicago’s First Lady fleet is a “must” for out-of-towners and Chicagoans alike. Expert volunteer tour guides interpret more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years. Tour provides an overview of historic and modern architectural styles, plus many stories about the people who designed and built the city. Cruise departs from the southeast corner of Michigan Avenue Bridge at Wacker Drive. Look for the blue awning marking the stairway entrance. Please arrive 20 minutes before departure for check-in and boarding.


Photo Credit: Architecture River Cruise. Photo by Anne Evans. Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Foundation.

 

Behind the Scenes of Millennium Park with Ed Uhlir - A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
2:00PM-3:00PM
Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 East Randolph Street
Cost: $20


Get a behind-the-scenes look at Millennium Park with this tour, led by Ed Uhlir, the Design Director for Millennium Park. The park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, and the tour will give you an insider’s perspective of the park and the sculptures it houses by world-renowned artists as Anish Kapoor, Jaume Plensa, and Frank Gehry. Tour will meet at Millennium Park Welcome Center, located at 201 East Randolph Street. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.


Photo Credit: Millennium Park from above Photo Patrick Pyszka

 

VIP Richard Hunt Studio Tour
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $15


World renowned sculptor and 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Hunt will open his studio for an intimate, private tour. Richard Hunt, best known for his abstract metal sculptures and public artwork, was born and still resides in Chicago, Illinois. Encouraged to pursue his art from a young age, he later attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he began exhibiting his work around Chicago. Hunt held the title as the youngest artist to exhibit at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and continued to make history by becoming the first African-American artist to have a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1971. Hunt has been featured in numerous catalogues and books, has exhibited internationally, and has works in corporate, municipal, private, and museum collections throughout the world.

 

Artist Tour of Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge - A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012,
3:00pm-4:15pm
Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 East Randolph Street
Cost: $10


The first woman to show at Millennium Park, Mexican sculptor Yvonne Domenge will give an exclusive tour of her current installation of colorful large-scale sculptures in Millennium Park’s Boeing Galleries. She will reveal the inspiration behind the pieces, her fabrication process and how these pieces fit into her larger body of work. She will also explain the origins of this commission and how the constraints of location and transportation affected the design and installation of the sculptures.


Photo Credit: Archive title: Spheres Boeing Gallery South 2, Credit: Photograph by Guylaine Couttolenc, Courtesy of: Millennium Park

 



Opening Reception at the Museum of
Contemporary Art

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE



Join us for the Opening Reception of the 23rd International Sculpture Conference at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Dress to impress and network with artists, collectors, arts administrators, educators, curators, educators, students, and patrons. The kick off event will include hors d'oeuvres, two drink tickets and a cash bar.

Thursday, Oct. 4th

Mentor Session
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


Speakers will meet with smaller groups to discuss issues examined in panel discussions and answer questions

 

Neon Demonstration
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Instructors: Mike Young and John E. Bannon
Sedgwick Studios
1544 N. Sedgwick
Chicago, IL 60610
Cost: $20


Are you interested in neon? This demonstration will cover the basic of neon creation and use in sculpture. One instructor will demonstrate bending glass and filling tubes in the glass shop, while the other instructor will explain and demonstrate the installation of neon tubes and lighting in a variety of sculptural situations.

Come for the demonstration at the glass shop, and stay for the Sedgwick Studio open house!

 

Session: Public Art RFQ's: Reading Between the Lines
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Instructor: Lynn Basa
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


There is more to every RFQ than meets the eye! Using a current call-for-artists as a real-life example, you will learn how to analyze an RFQ to decide if it's worth your time to apply, and what the commissioning agency is trying to achieve with public art for its constituency. Armed with this knowledge, you will be better prepared to write the targeted letter of interest that could boost you into the finalist arena.

 

ARTSlam
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


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 thier current work to other attendees for constructive dialogue. Each artist will be limited to 10 minutes -maximum!

 

Vector Custom Fabricating: Pig Roast & Exhibit
Thursday, October 4, 2012,
5:00pm-10:00pm
Vector Custom Fabricating
2128 West Fulton Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


Vector Custom Fabricating is taking the occasion of the ISC Conference in Chicago to express it’s gratitude to all the artists that have employed its services over the past 34 years. Vector is an artist owned and operated company specializing in the fabrication of sculpture. An exhibit showcasing its long history of collaborations will accompany a Pig Roast featuring beer from a local brewery. This celebration is open to all attendees of the ISC conference. Vector is located in an industrial neighborhood dating back to the 1850’s. Located just 15 minutes west of the Loop.


Photo Credit: Photo by Derick Malkemus. View of Bruce White's Izar in process at Vector 2007

 

Reception and Open House at Sedgwick Studios
Thursday, October 4, 2012, 5:00pm-10:00pm
1728 North Sedgwick Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Cost: FREE


Sedgwick Studio Presents a Reception and Open House at one of Chicago's more unique art studios, a former CTA substation in historic Old Town. Artists in Sedgwick will open their doors while guests enjoy drinks and food.

 

Carnival of Fire
Thursday October 4, 10pm-2am
Ignite Glass Studios
401 N Armour St, Chicago, IL 60642
Cost: FREE


This late-night “Carnival of Fire” will include an iron pour, glass blowing, fire spinning, fire breathing, fire hooping, and more, focusing on this use of fire as a sculptural element. www.igniteglasschicago.com

Friday, Oct. 5th

Mentor Session
Friday, October 5, 2012, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


Speakers will meet with smaller groups to discuss issues examined in panel discussions and answer questions.

 

Session: DIY: Internet Tools for Artists
Friday, October 5, 2012, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Instructor: Donna Dodson
Cost: FREE


Description: Are you an artist who is interested in using the internet to gain exposure for your work? In this workshop, Donna Dodson will demonstrate the use of simple online tools like email and blogs for cultivating a fan base. Social media tools like Facebook will also be discussed as a way of reaching out to and keeping in touch with collectors, curators and critics. Bring a laptop, iPad or web enhanced mobile device and all of your questions to this informative meeting.

Bio: Donna Dodson graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts. Since 2000, Dodson has been honored with solo shows nationwide for her wood sculptures. Dodson regularly contributes articles to the Global Business Hub blog that demonstrate the economic impact and global reach of the arts sector.

 

ARTSlam
Friday, October 5, 2012, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


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 thier current work to other attendees for constructive dialogue. Each artist will be limited to 10 minutes -maximum!

 

ISC Student Award and
littleSCULPTURE Show

Friday, October 5, 2012, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Chicago Arts District, Pilsen East
Cost: FREE


The International Sculpture Center is proud to bring the work of the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards recipients to the Chicago Arts District coinciding with the 42nd Annual Pilsen East Artists Open House! The exhibition showcases award-winning, cutting edge emerging artists, displaying captivating examples of skill and concept that broaden the notion of sculpture far beyond the idea of an autonomous, 3-dimensional object on a pedestal. Please visit the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program page to learn more.

In addition to the Student Awards exhibit, the ISC’s gallery will showcase the littleSCULPTURE show, displaying artwork by our ISC members and conference attendees. This exhibition of small works will showcase how these talented artists handle the challenges of space and scale as dictated by the 8” x 8” x 8” size restriction. The ISC welcomes you to explore these exhibits, as well as the vast array of galleries, performances and artist’s studio tours offered during the Pilsen East Artists' Open House.

Visit the The Pilsen East Artists' Open House page to learn more about one of the oldest continuously-run annual arts events in Chicago and the Midwest.

http://chicagoartsdistrict.org/events_4.asp

*Transportation will be provided from the Hyatt Regency to the Chicago Arts District from 5:00pm-10:00pm approximately every half hour on Friday, October 5th.


Photo Credit: David Platter, Charting with Self

 

Pilsen East Artist Open House
Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:00pm -10:00pm
Cost: FREE


The Pilsen East Artists' Open House is one of the oldest continuously-run annual arts events in Chicago and the Midwest, now in its 42nd year! During this event, the more than 30 galleries in the Chicago Arts District AND many of the artist residences and studios are open for viewing! Visitors can buy art, enjoy a performance, view the curated show, or stroll through the gardens of the Chicago Arts District. The Opening Night Gala offers opening receptions at all participating galleries.

*Transportation will be provided from the Hyatt Regency to the Chicago Arts District from 5:00pm-10:00pm approximately every half hour on Friday, October 5th.

 

Belmont Harbor Yacht Club Reception for the CPD/CSI
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Belmont Yacht Club
3600 Recreation Dr, Chicago, IL
Cost: FREE


Join us in celebration of the Chicago Park District / Chicago Sculpture International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition! The reception includes two complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres as well as a cash bar. The juried exhibition includes fifty-eight large-scale outdoor sculptures in Chicago Park District locations near the vicinity of the ISC conference. The exhibition includes work from CSI and the two other affiliate chapters of the ISC, the Mid-South Sculpture Association and the Texas Sculptors Group. Sculptor Richard Hunt and Chicago Park District Director of Natural Resources juried the exhibition. The show features a catalog of the work and the reception that is open to all ISC conference attendees. The Belmont Harbor Yacht Club is located in Lincoln Park at the northern end of Belmont Harbor on the coast of Lake Michigan at 3600 Recreation Drive, Chicago, IL 60613.

 

Reception at the Lincoln Park Conservatory
Friday, October 5, 2012, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: FREE
2391 North Stockton Drive, Chicago, IL


Join us for a cocktail party and networking event at the Lincoln Park Conservatory and a curated indoor show featuring ISC Chapter work! Sculpture will be on display in every room as well as the conifer garden surrounding the building. The Lincoln Park Conservatory is a treasured Victorian glass house built in stages between 1890 and 1895. At that time, the new exotic-looking conservatory replaced a small greenhouse that had been on this site in Lincoln Park since 1877. Architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee (1848- 1913) designed the glass structure which consisted of a palm, fernery, orchid and show houses. A nationally recognized architect known for Romantic style buildings, Silsbee also designed the Carlson Cottage in Lincoln Park and bandstand in Garfield Park. For more information about the Lincoln Park Conservatory, please visit the website.

Saturday, Oct. 6th

Behind the Scenes of Millennium Park with Ed Uhlir - B
Saturday, October 6, 2012,
3:30PM-4:30PM
Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 East Randolph Street
Cost: $20


Get a behind-the-scenes look at Millennium Park with this tour, led by Ed Uhlir, the Design Director for Millennium Park. The park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, and the tour will give you an insider’s perspective of the park and the sculptures it houses by world-renowned artists as Anish Kapoor, Jaume Plensa, and Frank Gehry. Tour will meet at Millennium Park Welcome Center, located at 201 East Randolph Street. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.


Photo Credit: Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain in Millennium Park; Photo Patrick Pyszka

 

VIP Richard Hunt Studio Tour
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 3:30pm-4:00pm
Cost: $15


World renowned sculptor and 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Richard Hunt will open his studio for an intimate, private tour. Richard Hunt, best known for his abstract metal sculptures and public artwork, was born and still resides in Chicago, Illinois. Encouraged to pursue his art from a young age, he later attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he began exhibiting his work around Chicago. Hunt held the title as the youngest artist to exhibit at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair and continued to make history by becoming the first African-American artist to have a major solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1971. Hunt has been featured in numerous catalogues and books, has exhibited internationally, and has works in corporate, municipal, private, and museum collections throughout the world.

 

Artist Tour of Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge - B
Saturday, October 6, 2012,
4:30pm-5:15pm
Millennium Park Welcome Center
201 East Randolph Street
Cost: $10


The first woman to show at Millennium Park, Mexican sculptor Yvonne Domenge will give an exclusive tour of her current installation of colorful large-scale sculptures in Millennium Park’s Boeing Galleries. She will reveal the inspiration behind the pieces, her fabrication process and how these pieces fit into her larger body of work. She will also explain the origins of this commission and how the constraints of location and transportation affected the design and installation of the sculptures.


Photo Credit: Photograph by Guylaine Couttolenc, Courtesy of Millennium Park

 

Iron Pour at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Saturday, October 6, 2012,
10:00am-5:00pm
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois
Cost: FREE


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago foundry faculty, staff, alumni, and current students will conduct a series of demonstration pours. With three different furnaces melting iron, and beer and brats available to attendees; the sparks, food, and the excitement are all part of this great event! Conference attendees are invited to create sculpture, too! Scratch molds are available for $20 to purchase onsite. Participants take these molds and "scratch" into them a design of their choice. Molten iron is then poured into the molds and then cooled. The resulting artwork is then ready to take home as a great souvenir from the 23rd International Sculpture Conference.

FEATURED FURNACES: Conference TECHshop Cupola; Kupola Kahn; Single Tuyere Cupola; Cokeless Cupola.

*Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is accessable by metro train to the University Park Stop. A shuttle will run from the train stop to the park.

 

Furnace & Finale Party at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
Saturday, October 6, 2012, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park
1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois
Cost: FREE


The 23rd International Sculpture Conference Celebration continues with the Furnace & Finale Party at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Saturday evening. Visiting Artists Carolyn Ottmers will heat up the night sky with a ferrous sculptural pyrotechnic spectacle. This event incorporates iron casting, joie de vivre, the landscape, pyrotechnics, theater in to a gestural flourish.

*Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park is accessable by metro train to the University Park Stop. A shuttle will run from the train stop to the park.


Photo Credit: Iron pour at Grand Valley State University. Photo courtesy Terrance Weinzierl

Sunday, Oct. 7th

Workshop: Methods and Materials, Rigging Safety
Sunday, October 7, 2012, 10:00am-5:00pm
Instructors: Methods & Materials staff
Methods & Materials Inc
1749 North Harding Avenue, Chicago, IL
Cost: $90


For sculptors who install their own work or assist a rigging team, on-site safety is becoming more of an issue. Do you know the rules and conditions that you will be held to? During this session, Methods and Materials will demonstrate forklift, gantry and mini-crane machines, and the use of different rigging straps on different materials. They will also review the importance of becoming Certified on equipment (forklifts and scissor lifts), taking and passing drug tests, and how to write a Safety Plan. The workshop will take place at Methods and Materials10,000 sq. ft warehouse with metal and woodshops and plenty of outdoor space. Lunch is provided, and parking is plentiful.

Website - www.methodsandmaterials.com
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