Inter-Society Color Council

Upcoming events

    • 16 Mar 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 26

    Josef Albers's Color Experiments

    Working directly from Albers's teaching notes and student recollections, Albers Foundation educator Fritz Horstman will lead experiments such as "make one color become two" and "the four color worlds". Josef Albers' color course was legendary. The Bauhaus master, who also was director of Black Mountain College and head of the Yale School of Art, taught generations of students to see color in new and unexpected ways. Over a lifetime of teaching, he created a series of exercises that opened up the subject of color. In this four hour workshop, we will explore a few of these exercises. There is no prerequisite of painting or color experience.

    All materials, including ColorAid paper, will be provided. Participants will be able to take their exercises home.

    The registration will be $75. Students: $40. The default payment is via PayPal (you do not need to create a PayPal account.) Payment by check is available, but please contact theISCC office for details.

    Location: Millenium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403


    Fritz Horstman is the Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, where he has worked since 2004. He has taught Albers workshops at the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, the Bauhaus Dessau, The Royal College of Art in London, the Exploratorium and many other institutions. He is also an artist who has shown his photographs, sculptures, drawings, and videos in recent exhibitions in Norway, France, Russia, Japan, California, and Brooklyn. He received his BA from Kenyon College and his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

    Fritz Horstman photo credit Adrien Thibault.

    • 17 Mar 2019
    • 20 Mar 2019

    The ISCC Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the TAGA Annual Technical Conference in Minneapolis, MN on March 17-20. Registration and other conference management will be handled by the folks at Printing Industries of America (who runs the TAGA conference each year).

    Check the TAGA site for conference details, including registration once it is available.

    • 19 Mar 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 22

    ISCC Long-term Planning Meeting

    The ISCC Board of Directors periodically holds long-term planning meetings to ensure that the organization stays on track for the long term needs of the color community.  This year, the meeting will take place in the morning after the Annual Meeting concludes, on Tuesday March 19  at the Sherwin Williams facility in Minneapolis. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided for all registered participants. 

    This meeting will be facilitated by the Board of Directors, but will be open to all ISCC members, and interested parties. Please come ready to participate in a lively discussion about the future of our organization. 

    Please use the Register button to the left.

    For more details download this PDF.

    • 21 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

    Michael Webster - Adaptation and color perception


    Visual perception is continuously regulated by adaptation processes that adjust sensitivity to match the current visual stimulus. These adaptations compensate for both changes in the environment and changes in the observer (e.g. as we age). This webinar will provide an overview of how adaptation adjusts to both the average color and the gamut of colors in scenes, how these adjustments can be used to study the neural mechanisms of color vision, and some of the proposed consequences and benefits of these adjustments. 


    Michael Webster is a Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where he serves a Director of the Institute for Integrative Neuroscience (an NIH COBRE grant) and as co-Director of both the BS and PhD programs in Neuroscience. He began studying color as an undergraduate at UCSD and then as a doctoral student at UC Berkeley, receiving his PhD in 1988. From there he spent six years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge before moving to Nevada in 1994. His research focuses on color and form perception and how vision is shaped by adaptation to both natural and unnatural visual environments. 

    Register here:

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    • 21 Oct 2019
    • 25 Oct 2019

    ISCC is pleased to again acts as a Cooperating Society for the 2019 Color and Imaging Conference, to be held October 21-25, 2019, in Paris, France. The Call for Papers is now available. As in the past, there will be a great series of short courses leading up to the conference, and then three days of cutting edge technical presentations. 

    Visit the IS&T page for all the details about this, and we hope to see you in Paris this fall.

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