Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn Announced as Keynote Speakers

Alice Aycock and Fairfax Dorn will each present a keynote address at the 24th International Sculpture Conference this October 1-4, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more about the keynote speakers, check out their full biographies here. Alice Aycock is a sculptor known for her large-scale architectural and technological works including the recent Park Avenue Paper Chase in New York City. Fairfax Dorn is the co-founder and executive director of Ballroom Marfa. Check out the videos below to learn more.

Alice Aycock Ballroom
Video “Alice Aycock by Richard Goldstein” by BOMB Magazine on Vimeo.
“The world is not just one plus one for me, so I can’t believe totally in the minimal world. …I have to experience the world the way I experience it. For me, it’s just a chaos of half-truths, half-fictions, tumbling at me. Not one single truth, not one ideal thing forever and ever. Just a constant mix of these things.” (Alice Aycock speaking about minimalism, from Alice Aycock by Richard Goldstein)
Video “About Ballroom Marfa” by Ballroom Marfa on Vimeo.
“…[Ballroom Marfa] has provided a lively, intellectual environment where diverse perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, music, film, and performance programs. As an advocate for freedom of artistic expression, we are particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have significant cultural impact, but would be impossible to realize in any other setting.” (About Ballroom Marfa)

Alice Aycock received a B.A. from Douglass College and an M.A. from Hunter College. Currently she is represented by Galerie Thomas Schulte in Berlin and Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, FL. Her works can be found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, LA County Museum, and the National Gallery, among others. She has had two major retrospectives, the first surveyed her work between 1972 and 1983, organized by the Wurttembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart, and the other retrospective entitled “Complex Visions” was organized by the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY. Aycock’s public sculptures can be found throughout the United States. In March 2014, a series of seven sculptures were installed on the Park Avenue Malls in New York City, entitled “Park Avenue Paper Chase”.

Photo of Alice Aycock by Kristine Larsen.

Fairfax Dorn is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ballroom Marfa, a non-profit cultural art space dedicated to exploring varied perspectives and issues through the visual arts, film, music, and performance. Since 2003, Fairfax has been responsible for the artistic and programmatic vision of Ballroom Marfa. She is also the Co-Founder of the Marfa Dialogues, an inclusive public forum which utilizes art to address the pressing issues of our time. Prior to Ballroom Marfa, she worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art and Exit Art in New York. Fairfax along with Virginia Lebermann received ArtTable’s 25th Future Women Leadership Award in April of 2005.

Registration for the 24th International Sculpture Conference: Sculpture, Culture and Community is open! Register now to attend the conference this October 1-4 in New Orleans. Members can save up to $150 off the regular conference rate, and chapter members always save more. Members can also sign up for the littleSCULPTURE show during early bird registration. Space is limited and early bird registration ends Sunday, July 20th.

Registration includes admission to panels, keynotes, receptions, artist talks, ARTSlams, workshops, mentor sessions, and much more. For registration and information visit

The Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel is the official conference hotel, in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District. Special rates are available now and space is limited, so reserve your room by July 20th. The special conference deal is subject to availability. Visit for more information.

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