Our Vision

The International Sculpture Center (ISC) is a member-supported, nonprofit arts organization founded in 1960.
The ISC was created with a vision that remains as strong today as it was over half a century ago, to advance the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique and vital contribution to society.

Our Mission

The mission of the International Sculpture Center is to:

  • Expand public understanding and appreciation of sculpture internationally
  • Demonstrate the power of sculpture to educate and effect social change
  • Engage artists and arts professionals in a dialogue to advance the art form
  • Promote a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors
  • Our Values

    At the core of all services provided by the ISC, we value:

  • Our constituents of Sculptors, Institutions, and Patrons
  • Dialogue as the catalyst to innovation and understanding
  • Education as fundamental to personal, professional, & societal growth
  • Community as a place for encouragement and opportunity
  • James Turrell, Perfectly Clear (Ganzfeld), 1991 North Adams, MASS MoCA. Photo: Florian Holzherr.

    What We Do


    • EVENTS
    • events
    • Throughout the year, ISC hosts special events providing regular in person and virtual gatherings to engage in critical discourse. Our events include the annual International Sculpture Conference, Awards Galas, Cultural Tours and the tremendously successful ISDAY.
    • publications
    • ISC serves as the lead voice and the pre-eminent publisher on contemporary sculpture in the US and around the world. Current issues and topics are offered through our various publications including Sculpture magazine, ISC Press books, and the ISC blog.
    • opportunities
    • We offer members access to opportunities including internships, competitions, conferences & symposia, employment opportunities, memberships, public art projects, residencies, scholarships, grants, fellowships, studio rentals and workshops.
    • community
    • ISC builds and enhances strong relationships within the sculpture community. Through dynamic programming, online community & forums, and special events, ISC provides meaningful networking opportunities and interaction amongst sculpture professionals.
    • AWARDS
    • awards
    • The distinguished Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, Lifetime Achievement, Patron, and Outstanding Educator Awards programs recognize excellence in the field of sculpture at all career levels and interests.
    • resources
    • ISC is the go to place for all resources related to sculpture. We offer a comprehensive directory for finding all things sculpture including University sculpture programs, public art, fabricators, art in airports, sculptor groups, sculpture and parks & gardens.

    Upcoming Events

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    Saturday, April 25, 2020

    International Sculpture Day

    On Saturday, April 25, 2020 the world will join in celebration of sculpture during the 6th annual International Sculpture Day, or ISDay. With artists, organizations and institutions worldwide expected to celebrate the day with open studios, unveiling public sculptures, sculpture scavenger hunts, pop up exhibitions, demonstrations, iron pours, plus much more.

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    Thurs., Feb 7, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

    Glass Residency (Pittsburgh, PA), now accepting applications!

    Pittsburgh Glass Center offers several residency tracks that provide direct artist support. This backing may include a stipend, travel expenses, and/or accommodations and allows artists time to hone their skills, create new work, or develop pieces for an exhibition at PGC or elsewhere.

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    Sculpture News

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    2019 Outstanding Educator Award

    Coleen Sterritt, professor in the Sculpture Program at Long Beach City College, California, has been awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Educator Award for 2019. On October 24, 2019, ISC will present Coleen with the award at a ceremony in her honor at Long Beach City College. The ceremony will coincide with an exhibition featuring the work of Coleen’s students from the past 20 years.

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    Rapid Fire ARTSlam

    11/6/2020 » 11/12/2020
    Intersect Chicago 2020

    Virtual ARTSlam 11/6

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