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Above: Downtown Skyline, photo by Dan White. Courtesy of Visit Kansas City.
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From October 25-28, 2017 the 27th International Sculpture Conference: Intersections + Identities will seek to bring sculptors and arts professionals together to discuss how our work, our practices, and our selves intersect. Join us in Kansas City, MO for three days of programming where we will explore new communities and discuss exciting topics in contemporary sculpture.

Join a diverse group of over 300 attendees in Kansas City for this unique conference including:
  • Annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show
  • ARTSlams and Mentor Sessions
  • Engaging Panel Discussions
  • Evening Parties and Networking Events at the Belger Crane Yard, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and more
  • Hands-On Workshops at Kansas City Art Institute, among others*
  • Keynote Address
  • Opening Reception and Artist Studio Tours at Studios Inc.
  • Gallery Hops
  • Optional Art and Culture Trips*
  • Public Art Tours and Visits to Nearby Sculpture Sites
  • Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the Belger Crane Yard
  • Post Conference Activities in collaboration with the University of Kansas*
  • And more!
*Additional fees may apply

Contact or (609) 689-1051 x302

Registration Information

Registration Information

  Members** Non-Members Students*** Companions**** Day Pass
Early Bird
July 5 - Aug 2
Aug 3 - Sept 28
$460** $585 $225*** $125 $225 per day
Late Registration
Sept 29 - Oct 6
$550** $685 $300*** $225 $225 per day
Oct 24 - 25
$225 per day

Registration is Open

Conference Check-In and Registration

12:00PM - 5:00PM Tuesday, October 24
9:00AM - 5:00PM Wednesday, October 25

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza
4445 Main St,
Kansas City, MO 64111

Contact information:
p. (609) 689-1051 x302

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Above: Double Monopole, Kansas City Airport, Keith Sonnier. Courtesy of the Office of Public Art.


Keynote Speakers

Artist Willie Cole will join curator Patterson Sims in conversation on Friday, October 27th at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Willie ColeWillie Cole

Willie Cole (b. 1955 in Somerville, New Jersey) lives and works in New Jersey.

His work has been the subject of several one-person museum exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998), Bronx Museum of the Arts (2001), Miami Art Museum (2001), Tampa Museum of Art (2004), University of Wyoming Art Museum (2006), Montclair Art Museum (2006), College of Wooster Art Museum (2013-14), and David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland (2016).

In 2010, a survey exhibition of his work on paper (1975-2010) took place at the James Gallery of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and later travelled to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at the University of Alabama and the Rowan University Art Gallery in Glassboro, NJ.

Several of his sculptures were included in Reconfiguring an African Icon: Odes to the Mask by Modern and Contemporary Artists from Three Continents at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2011). In January 2013, a traveling exhibition Complex Conversations: Willie Cole Sculptures and Wall Works opened at Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

In 2015, Cole’s work was included in both the exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Wild Noise: Artwork from the Bronx Museum of the Arts at El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. In 2016, his work was included in Disguise: Masks and Global African Art at the Brooklyn Museum.

In 2016, the exhibition Willie Cole: On-Site opened at the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland and traveled to the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, and Arthur Ross Gallery, Philadelphia.

Patterson SimsPatterson Sims

Starting in 1969, Patterson Sims has held several positions in the visual arts. His concentration has been in the modern and contemporary field with a specialty in American modernism and contemporary art along with non-profit arts institution and museum management and administration. He currently works with the Saul Steinberg Foundation and the Leon Polk Smith Foundation, as well as consulting, lecturing, writing, and organizing exhibitions. He is currently Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Independent Curators International (ICI).

Sims is the author of publications on Willie Cole, Richard Estes, Ellsworth Kelly, Jan Matulka, Philip Pearlstein, Joyce J. Scott, and Fred Wilson and the highlights of the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has written on numerous other artists including Viola Frey, Lavern Kelley Fanny Sanin, Betty Woodman, and on the public sculpture fabricator Lippincott, Inc.

Starting in September 2001 and through 2008, Sims was the Director of the Montclair Art Museum in Montclair, New Jersey, where he also organized several exhibitions. He was Deputy Director for Education and Research Support at The Museum of Modern Art from 1996 to 2001. At the Seattle Art Museum from 1987 to 1996, he was Associate Director for Art and Exhibitions and Curator of Modern Art. At the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1976 to 1987, Sims was the first designated curator of the museum's comprehensive collection of 20th century American art and organized many collection-based and other exhibitions, including co-curating four Whitney Biennial shows.

From 1969 to 1976 he was assistant director of O.K. Harris Gallery, which was the first public art gallery in the NYC neighborhood that became the SoHo arts district.

Sims graduated from the Darrow School and Chestnut Hill Academy, attended Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from the New School College (now Eugene Lang College) of the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Above: Nerman Museum. Courtesy of Visit KC

Panel Speakers & Locations

Panel Speakers & Locations

Click here to learn more about the panelists.

Conference Locations
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art
4525 Oak St,
Kansas City, MO 64111
Kansas City Art Institute
4415 Warwick Blvd,
Kansas City, MO 64111

Above: Water Plaza, KC Convention Center, Jun Kaneko. Courtesy of the Office of Public Art.

Gallery Hop

Gallery Hop

The ISC in its commitment to highlight Kansas City's unique art institutions and cultural sites will promote concurrent exhibitions and open studios during the conference through a printed Exhibitions Guide, app, website, blog, and social media.

If your gallery or studio would like to be listed in the conference Exhibitions Guide as well as the other forms of marketing mentioned above, please click here to complete a brief survey.

Above: Kemper Museum Cafe via Flickr. Courtesy of the Missouri Division of Tourism.

Sponsored by:

Belger Arts Center    Visit KC        
Kansas City Art Institute    Studios Inc
Zahner    Lawrence Art Center
      Overland Park
Charlotte Street Foundation    KU School of the Arts    The Nelson Atkinds Museum of Art   

    New Jersey State Council on the Arts   Discover Jersey Arts  National Endowment for the Arts

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