Early History of the International Sculpture Center | Part II

Elden Tefft

First office of the i.s.c. on the KU campus

Between the years 1960 and 1974 the world of sculpture changed dramatically.  Those changes continue to resonate in our world today.  The transformation that sculpture went through didn’t necessarily happen in Lawrence, Ks. but Lawrence was where the people responsible for these new outlooks came to present and argue and find out whether their ideas belonged under the banner of sculpture.

From its conception as a tradition laden “how to” conference on bronze casting it morphed into gatherings that touched on lasers, computer generated sculpture, plastics of all sorts, inflatable sculptures, environmental installations, conceptual art, sound installations, kinetic sculptures, artificial intelligence machine sculpture, and on and on. Continue reading

Early History of the International Sculpture Center

International Sculpture Center

First office of the i.s.c. on the KU campus

The Second National Sculpture Casting Conference was held in Lawrence, Ks.  April 12, 13, 14 1962.  Note the name change, the first conference was called the National Sculpture Bronze Casting Conference.  This second one ditched the word “bronze” but was still all about casting.

The titles of the presentations are once again a how to for foundry work, Wax Patterns, Sprue Systems, Investments, Investment Burnout, Metallurgy of Cast Bronze, Joining and   Chasing, Pagination and on and on. Continue reading

Bruce Daniels’ New Orleans Road Trip: 24th International Sculpture Conference

3 Appalachian Trail – Virginia

Over the years I have been to a lot of ISC conferences, nineteen in total I think, starting with Philadelphia in 1992.   A number of these have involved road trips.  Sometimes round trips.  Sometimes one ways (fly and drive).  Sometimes fly and fly, with a road trip only in the vicinity of the conference.  This is the story of a relatively recent round trip: Continue reading

Early History of The ISC In Lawrence, KS

Keepers of the Universe by Eldon Tefft

My sister Laura has been an artist since we were kids.  When she was in her early twenties, Poco Frazier whispered in her ear that she was a sculptor.  The poor girl hasn’t been the same since.

Bernard “Poco” Frazier was a professor in sculpture in the architecture school at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Ks. It is telling that sculpture was taught and was a part of the architecture school at that time.   Frazier had studied and worked with Laredo Taft in Chicago. Continue reading