Welcome to the New Orleans Conference Blog!

The New Orleans Conference Blog is intended to help generate discussion for those who are interested in the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community in New Orleans.

Whether you are registered, presenting or just thinking about attending the conference, please use this forum to discuss your thoughts and ideas to help strengthen the sculpture community.

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Have you registered for the 24th International Sculpture Conference yet?

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Photo from the littleSCULPTURE show at the 2013 International Sculpture Symposium: Makers & Shapers in Miami, FL.

Time is running out to exhibit your artwork at the 24th International Sculpture Conference.
The member’s only littleSCULPTURE show is an exhibition of small works by ISC members showcasing how they handle the challenge of space and scale as dictated by the 8″x8″x8″ size restriction. Sign ups close on September 1st, don’t delay, reserve your spot today!

Registration for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community closes on September 15, 2014.

Join us from October 1-4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana for four days of exciting tours, panel discussions, keynote speakers Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn, ARTSlams, an opening reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, mentor sessions, and more. Find out more at www.sculpture.org/nola2014.

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24th International Sculpture Conference: Call for Volunteers!

volunteerThe International Sculpture Center is seeking qualified volunteers for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 1-4, 2014. The 24th International Sculpture Conference is a four day event with numerous panel discussions, keynote speakers Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn, mentoring sessions, ARTSlams, networking events, optional activities, and more. Programming for the 24th International Sculpture Conference will take place at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel, and Xavier University.

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Laissez les bons temps rouler! A Taste of New Orleans’s Mobile Eateries

Need to satisfy a sweet tooth? Have a craving for Creole? Fancy a fried twist on an old favorite? No need to carve time out of your schedule for sit-down, eat-in dining if you’re eager to tour the streets of New Orleans -  simply head over to one of the many food trucks. Visitors aren’t the only ones on-the-go in the lively city of New Orleans; delicious food selections wander around the city looking for hungry patrons in need of a satisfying yet quick bite. Keeping up with New Orleans tradition, these traveling trucks of tastiness offer up highly diverse and flavorful options and can be spotted nearly anywhere in the city. Continue reading

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The Beauty of the Garden District

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Photo by Agathe via flickr.com

New Orleans’ Garden District is known for its highly-preserved historic southern mansions and rich history. Unique homes and mansions adorn the roadsides and lush plant life paints the streets in bright green and shades of pink and red. Visitors are amazed by the elegant homes and the stylish setting that lends itself to a very relaxing and enjoyable experience for all.

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Exciting and Informative Panel Discussions

The 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture, and Community will feature 14 panel discussions spanning a variety of exciting topics on contemporary sculpture. Check out a few panel highlights below. For a full list of panels and topics, check out the schedule and speaker biographies on the conference website.

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Photo from a Panel Discussion at the 2007 International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture in Public: Part 1, Sculpture Parks and Gardens

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36 Hours: New Orleans

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Photo by Kimberly Vardeman via flickr.com

Thinking of spending some extra time in New Orleans? Want some recommendations or ideas for dinner? Check out this New York Times article written by Campbell Robertson to get some insight on key places to eat, drink, or visit. Continue reading

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Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art

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Louise Bourgeois at Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA.Photo by Richard Sexton, Courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art.

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution, hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary works in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.

The five-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA is one of the most important sculpture gardens in the United States, with over 60 sculptures situated on a beautifully landscaped site amongst meandering footpaths, reflecting lagoons, Spanish moss-laden 200-year-old live oaks, mature pines, magnolias, camellias, and pedestrian bridges. Continue reading

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