food for the mind

Second day at the conference and they’re still feeding us! You can’t turn around anywhere without seeing more food. And it’s all really, really delicious food.

But we’re also feeding our brains at the same pace. The panel discussions are very enlightening and provoking — charting the path of polymer from the very beginning to where it is now (a whole museum exhibit devoted to the material!), to where it could/should/might be going in the future; how to possibly implement that course… My head will probably explode before I go home tomorrow (not to mention my waistband!).

This morning’s panel, from left to right: Pier Voulkos, Bruce Pepich, Lena Vigna, Rachel Carren, Kathleen Dustin, and Tory Hughes.

An attentive and participatory audience:

Followed by a wonderful lunch and a leisurely walk back to the room to post this (and decompress!). Another panel discussion starts in about half an hour.







polymer conference at the ram

I know it’s been a while. But this weekend couldn’t happen without me adding a new post. I’m in Racine, Wisconsin at The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. They are hosting the conference held in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit at the Racine Art Museum called Terra Nova: Polymer Art at the Crossroads. The Johnson Foundation has a beautiful Guest House and the accommodations are amazing. They’re taking very good care of us!

with complimentary spa soaps in the shower,

and a well-stocked refrigerator full of complimentary snacks,

not to mention the artfully arranged freezer snacks!

Yeah, they warned us we weren’t going to lose any weight this weekend! Don’t be jealous. And here’s the beautiful Miss Maggie Maggio at our first (of many) lovely buffet luncheon:

Like I said, they’re taking good care of us. There’s lots more to come. We’re all just arriving today and getting the lay of the land, so to speak. Tonight we’ll all be going to the RAM to see the exhibit, which opens to the public on Sunday. If I don’t get too busy (does it look like I’ll be doing nothing but EAT all weekend?), I’ll post again before the weekend is over.