We pulled up to the new Visitor Center on Thursday morning to meet old and new friends, after registering we installed sculpture and got right to it participating in panels, presentations and demos.
'UNLIKELY COLLABORATORS: People, Process + Material' by Michelle Kwiecien + Lily Montgomery
'MOLDING FERROUS MINDS' by Coral Penelope Lambert
The new Visitors Center Gallery hosted the juried exhibit in which Coral, Ronda, Kevin, Michelle, and Alfred Alum Paige Henry had work on show.
|Coral Penelope Lambert 'Volcano Furnace : Mini Cuppola' with prints form the Volcano Furnace + Flight of the Pheonix Performance in Latvia with Jenny Hager, Cynthia Handel, Suzi Roewer, Andreas Glaser + Daniel Jenson.|
Each day during the conference panels were offered covering a range of aspects related to the current practice of Cast Iron Art. Graduate candidate Kevin Dartt Moderated his panel on “Thermodynamics of Alternative Fuels in Iron Melting Furnaces” with panelists Christian Benefiel and fellow Alfred graduate candidate Ronda Wright-Phipps.
Associate Professor Coral Penelope Lambert presented and discussed her 'Volcano Furnace: Fire + Iron Earthwork' on the panel “Cast Iron Performance Art; Current Trends and Historical Context” alongside performance iron artists George Beasley, Matt Toole, Marjee Levine and Allen Peterson moderated by Hopi Breton.
The weather was great which was a good job as AU Foundry Tech Kate Graves brought her watercolor kit to begin a new painting for her post-industrial plein air painting series.
|Kate Graves 'Sloss' watercolor painted during the national conference|
Here are some shots of Sloss said to be haunted in some places.
The conference ended on Saturday with a delicious barbecue dinner, awards and closing ceremony followed by two performances.