From the 2011
Conference (Anonymous Surveys)
"The 2011 Transcultural Exchange Conference on International Opportunities was the single most exciting and productive art event that I have ever experienced. To my surprise, it did not consist of a series of lectures. Rather, it was a fully interactive conference structure that provided a limitless number of opportunities for artists to meet and exchange ideas with residency directors, museum curators, and other artists and arts professionals. As a result, I was invited to participate in two international residencies and three exhibitions."
"Erase any ideas about conferences you have attended in the past. [Conference director] Mary Sherman has pioneered the new 21st century model. "
"I attended the TransCultural Exchange Conference last weekend and I am writing to say that it was the single most interesting,
enjoyable, and productive conference that I have ever attended. It is very likely that it [is] the best conference that I EVER
attended. In one weekend, I developed more relationships with international colleagues than I would have in five years if working
alone. Since Sunday, I have already received invitations for two U.S. exhibitions and two international residencies starting in 2012.
In addition, I formed relationships with many other artists working in a range of traditional and new media. As the name of the
conference states, this
was truly about an exchange of information, suggestions, and resources. It was the polar opposite of a pretentious atmosphere."
"You can change the world doing this!"
"It was great to interact with so many artists and arts professionals from Boston and abroad."
"Year after year, your conference gets more exciting, offering diverse opportunities to attendees. This year I met many directors, professors, residency program operators from different countries and shared valuable information with them. Also I got a great chance to be a mentor to over 25 artists. . . . Haslla will invite some of [these] artists from the Boston Conference to the 2011 Haslla Residency Program as a 'full fellowship' artists."
"Networking is our most important task at hand now, for a better understanding of our global differences and similarities,
between all cultures, be it east or west, be it Middle East or Far East; artists all speak the same language of art!"
"I came away from the conference with scores of new ideas about what it can look like to be an artist and how to go about creating enriching, provocative and stimulating experiences for making new work, developing new ideas, and creating new opportunities for collaboration and exhibition."
"I have learned of many opportunities for collaboration, connection and funding that I was completely unaware of before this conference"
"I am still somehow overwhelmed by those many impressions, but especially by those very interesting people I've met in Boston. This is a journey of a lifetime, indeed."
"I now know more about residencies in the EU, which I'm very interested in applying to."
"We are on our way back to Philadelphia after a great nine months in Istanbul on a Fulbright. Not sure I would have ever thought about Fulbright or Turkey without the International Opportunities for Artists Conference. Thank you!"
From the 2009
Conference (Anonymous Surveys)
"As a former
conference producer, I know what it takes to create an event of such
complexity and magnitude, and I applaud the excellence with which . .
.[the conference] was conceived, organized, and executed."
"It was amazing! I
. . . . highly suggest that you invest in yourself two years from now
and make it to the next conference."
"My experience of
attending the TransCultural Exchange Conference as an artist and art
educator was overwhelmingly positive. I received valuable information
from attending all lectures by various speakers as well as excellent
advice and feedback from each mentoring section."
"Your speakers were
"You succeeded in
creating ‘the’ very international meeting of
residences with this second issue of "international opportunities for
artists!" This is the kind of events I wouldn't like to miss in the
future – not only for the panel discussions, but also for the
many informal conversations I could have with colleagues, artists and
actors of the international art scene."
"Every day was
packed with interesting and useful information."
"I was so exited in
the conference. The coordination and the high class attendees were so
"I attended as many
panels as I possibly could, met so many wonderful people, and needed to
express my gratitude, to tell you that you brought together the warmest
group of people I have ever encountered in all my years being in the
academic world . . . On so many levels, the Conference has affirmed my
life as a painter . . ."
From the 2007
"a very successful
- Marcus Patton, Director
Curfew Tower (Northern Ireland), Conference Speaker
"I love what you
are doing! I am a painter and have a degree in anthropology and so
TransCultural Exchange speaks to my passions."
- Joyce Conlon, Conference
"I just wanted to
thank you so much for letting me know about this conference... I not
only made some very good contacts, but I also had tons of fun, what
else can I ask for?"
- Silvia Poloto, Conference
"I have been to 3
other conferences this year... Yours was truly the best and the most
elegent one. I enjoyed it a lot and made great connections."
"Once again, I was
reassured about the power of women. The conference organization with
all details benefited us all in our careers I believe."
- Ilgim Veryeri Alaca (Turkey),
"I felt privileged
to be a part of it all."
- Natasha Llorens, Conference
"It was really
amazing conference and I'm surprised how did you get all these people
from all over the world together. Very IMPRESSIVE!"
- Evelyn Muursepp, Visual
Artists Coordinator, MoKS, (Estonia) Conference Speaker
"I, who had almost
given up on conferences, thought it was terrific."
- Joanna Branson, Vice
President of Academic Affairs, Massachusetts College of Art
"Thank you. Thank
you. Thank you. It was a wonderful enjoyable, inspiring and informative
conference. Weather withstanding, I really had a good time, no, I had a
marvelous time... The idea of bringing these artists and minds from
many corners of the world to offer of themselves and their
organizations ways to share and make this a more enjoyable and livable
world was very impressive and has fostered and encouraged my appetite
to keep on making and sharing my art."
- Jason Fitz-Gerald, Conference
"It was a pleasure
to be part of such an event, and I thank you for giving me an
opportunity to present our program. I look forward to participating and
attending in the future."
- Xaviere Masson, Manager,
International Laboratoire Programs, Conference Speaker
"It was an
amazingly ambitious and complex enterprise... and a wonderful event for
Boston to host. I hope you will continue this event in the future... It
was highly stimulating to be in contact with so many people from around
the US and the world."
- Karen Moss, Conference
"I hesitate to be
redundant with your peers, but the conference was fabulous!"
- Ellen Piangerelli, Conference
"The conference was
wonderful! It was so nice to meet other artists and to have the
opportunity to meet the panelists from all over the globe. The hotel
was beautiful and the written directions were easy to follow. Your
efforts in providing such a stellar event are appreciated."
- Susan Paszkiewicz, Conference
"This is one
attendee that enjoyed all of the sessions that I could manage to
- Rebecca Darlington Townsend,
"I wanted to
personally thank you for organizing this event; I was able to glean
much by way of information from the plethora of presentations, and made
a few important contacts."
- Marketa Klicova, Conference