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2013 International Sculpture Symposium
Makers & Shapers

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From December 1-4, 2013, more than 150 sculptors and sculpture lovers from all over the world gathered in Miami for the ISC’s 2013 International Sculpture Symposium: “Makers & Shapers.” The event brought together ISC members, non-members, artists, arts administrators, curators, city planners, educators, art supporters, and students.

The Symposium, with daytime events based on the campus of Florida International University, included the following highlights: keynote address by Janet Echelman as well as 3 panels discussions and four additional artists talks by John Grade, Steve Tobin, Guerra de la Paz, and Ursula von Rydingsvard; mentoring sessions and ARTSlams; guided tours of the FIU campus sculpture collection, an iron pour on the FIU campus. Other activities included an opening sunset reception on the Miami River, a huge Wynwood art district gallery hop, the members’ littleSCULPTURE show and an open house event at Fountainhead Studios, Art Deco architectural walks, a South Beach food tour, Little Haiti artist studios tour, a visit to a family-run bronze foundry, as well as free VIP admission to the Art Miami and CONTEXT art fairs. Attendees were able to spend their mornings engaged in discussion relevant to current art topics including new forms of arts patronage, the art and act of making, and reclaiming the commons, and their afternoons and evenings engaged in Miami’s rich art scene.

Overall, nine countries were represented at this International Conference, including: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, and Nigeria, Switzerland, and the USA.

We want to thank everyone who joined us in Miami. We also want to give a special thanks to the many sponsors whose contributions enabled us to offer such an inclusive conference, including Alfred University, Art Miami, Black Square Gallery; Bollinger Atelier; Brand Metal Works; The Chill Concept; Collection Privee; CONTEXT; David Castillo Gallery; Dina Martrani; D. Wicki Studios; Emerson Dorsch Gallery; Florida International University; The Fountainhead Residency; the artists of the Fountainhead Studios; Kelley Roy Gallery; Alejandra von Hartz Gallery ; Knight Foundation; The New Jersey Art Commission; Pan American Gallery; The Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum; PSH Projects; and Zadok Gallery.