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“I have to take a moment to echo all the wonderful positive comments
about ISConnects... The panel did a great job of explaining and sharing
their experience in public art. On the whole one of the best ISC events,
as it was right on target for artist[s] - like us.” — ISConnects Attendee, 2011


Supported in part by
Johnson Art and Education Foundation
and
This program is made possible in part 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.
ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.

Each ISConnects program features presenters that include emerging and established artists, journalists and authors, academics and arts administrators, ISC Award winners and many other individuals with unique viewpoints on sculpture.

Programming includes special access to traveling exhibitions, conversations with artists, panel discussions and much more. Each event is different from the next! Can’t attend an event? You can watch for free, here, on the ISConnects website.


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Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Rd
Trenton, NJ 08619
Seward Johnson Center
for the Arts Welcome Center
Auditorium
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The Portland Building, Portlandia, and its Impact on Public Sculpture
6:00PM-8:30PM

The International Sculpture Center in collaboration with Grounds For Sculpture will hold ISConnects: The Portland Building, Portlandia, and its Impact on Public Sculpture on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:00PM. Renowned artist, architect, and designer Michael Graves will join famed Washington, DC sculptor Raymond Kaskey in a discussion, which will take place in the Seward Johnson Center for the Arts Auditorium at 6:00PM. A reception will follow in the West Gallery. Tickets are $15 and include admission to Grounds For Sculpture. Tickets are available in advance by clicking here or at the door on the day of the event. Tickets are available at a first-come basis and space is limited.

When Graves received the commission for the Portland Building (completed in 1980), he conceived of a magnificent mythical sculpture naming it, "Portlandia". Raymond Kaskey was selected by competition to create the sculpture. The resulting work is the second largest copper repoussé in the world after the Statue of Liberty. The sculpture provoked a lively controversy at the time about public sculpture, and is a conversation that is still very relevant today. Join us for a most interesting discussion about public art in architecture with these contemporary masters.

Michael Graves is credited with broadening the role of the architect in society and raising public interest in good design as essential to the quality of everyday life. A native of Indianapolis, Graves received his architectural training at the University of Cincinnati and Harvard University. In 1960, he won the Rome Prize and studied at the American Academy in Rome, of which he is now a Trustee. He has received 14 honorary doctorates and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Graves has received many prestigious awards, including the 1999 National Medal of Arts, the 2001 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the 2010 Topaz Medallion from the AIA/ACSA, and he is the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Prize Laureate.

Sculptor and Architect, Raymond Kaskey established Kaskey Studio in 1983 as an atelier to create and produce large scale civic art. By combining continuity with the past with innovation and craft knowledge, the Kaskey Studio has produced a prominent body of public work. The culmination of this process has been the creation of the architectural sculptures for the National World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Prior to that his most famous work is “Portlandia,” a 38-foot-high hammered copper sculpture on the Portland Public Services Building in Portland, Oregon. Other notable commissions include his bronze lions honoring fallen officers at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C; the statue of Pierre de Coubertin at the Olympic Centennial Park in Atlanta, Georgia; and the ”Gem of the Lakes” fountain and the cast stone ornament of the Harold Washington Library, both in Chicago.

ISConnects is an exciting collaborative effort between the International Sculpture Center and other world-renowned organizations. Launched in 2011, ISConnects explores the unique perspectives on sculpture in the contemporary art world. Together, the ISC and its partner organizations offer intimate and accessible programming that addresses cutting-edge, timely trends in sculpture through lively and insightful discourse.

Please indicate if you require any accessibility accommodations by contacting the events department at 609.689.1051 x302 or events@sculpture.org. The International Sculpture Center is committed to ensuring that all events are accessible to all of our patrons.