Sunday, September 30, 2012

Schedule for The 34th Tri-State Sculptors Conference

East Carolina University School of Art and DesignGreenville, NC 

WEDNESDAY, October 3rd 2012

10:00AM- 3:00PM
Mold Making Workshop Room: 135
By Hanna Jubran
No Mold Making on Friday October 5th
IMPORTANT!!! To participate in the mold-making workshop for the iron pour, you must arrive to make your pattern by 10AM Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
$12. Per 100# bag of sand includes catalyst and resin.
$3. Per pound for wax or you can bring your own wax pattern.
1# of wax = 10# of iron
Your wax pattern should not exceed 10# of wax
You may bring your own iron. Everyone who wants to cast a pattern must break the equivalent amount of iron themselves before the iron pour.
$1.00 dollar per pound of iron, unless you supply your own.
Please – we are short on iron...if possible bring pipes, radiators, sinks etc.

**We also have pre-made scratch molds available for the iron pour at $10 and $15 each which includes iron.

THURSDAY, October 4th 2012

12:00PM-4:00PM Registration- Jenkins Fine Arts Center (foyer between Gray Gallery & Speight Auditorium)

FRIDAY, October 5, 2012

8:00AM-12:00PM Registration- Jenkins Fine Arts Center (foyer between Gray Gallery & Speight Auditorium)

9:00AM-10:30AM Room: 225
Feel Good Yoga for Sculptors 
By Julia Stout
Style (Yin & Yang/feminine and masculine) 1 1/2 Hr. Class, relax with guided meditation at beginning and end, stretch, flow to awaken a deeper part of yourself; We will look deeper at strength and what opens those tight places. How do we deal with success and failure as artists? What feels open, what feels closed? Wear loose-layered comfortable clothes, bring blanket, yoga mat or heavy towel, anything that will make you feel comfortable. Do not eat or drink much two hours before class, if you can. Shanti/peace is what this class promises…….

9:00AM-10:00AM Room: 1326
Title: Franconia Sculpture Park: Internships and Residencies
By Virginia Tyler
Virginia Tyler (a professor at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh, NC) was a Hot Metal Artist for the iron pour at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota this summer. Andrew Davis (a graduate student at Winthrop College, SC) and Taylor Browning (an undergraduate art major at UNC-G) were Interns. They will talk about the residency and internship experiences, and provide contacts for other members.

10:00AM-11:00AM Room: 1326
Health and Safety in the Arts
By Phil W. Lewis, CSP
Assistant Director
Environmental Health & Safety
East Carolina University
Artists encounter many of the same hazards found in industrial settings.  It is critical that artists know the hazards they will encounter and how to protect themselves from harm.  This presentation will explore the acute and chronic health hazards encountered by artists as well as control measures they can utilize.  We will discuss the common materials found in the art studio, how to identify the hazards associated with those materials, risk factors and effects of exposure, and control measures to minimize exposure. 

10:00AM-12:00PM Room: 133
Eastern Papermaking and its Sculptural Applications
By Andi Steele
Eastern Papermaking and its Sculptural Applications
In this workshop we will:
Discuss the preparation and cooking of kozo plant fiber
Beat the kozo fiber
Pull sheets of paper using Eastern style sugetas
Apply sheets of paper to armatures and cast paper into plaster molds. Workshop participants are invited to bring a small armature and/or mold to use in the workshop.
**Papermaking is a wet process. Dress accordingly.**

11:00AM-12:00PM Room: 1326
The Grants, Public Art and the Role of the North Carolina Arts Council
By Jeff Pettus, Senior Program Director for Artists & Organizations, North Carolina Arts Council
This presentation will cover grants, public art and other artist opportunities in North Carolina, tips for submitting stronger applications, the importance of having your materials and portfolio correct, how artists can assist and improve the process, how artists can improve the arts in North Carolina and the role of the arts and the North Carolina Arts Council in education and economic development within the state. 

1:00PM-2:00PM School of Art Wood Shop
Bending Wood with Steam
By Gerald Weckesser

The ability to alter the grain direction of wood as our imagination dictates while preserving the strength inherent in a straight piece of wood allows us to create the strong beautiful forms. Gerald Weckesser will demonstrate methods of steam bending wood as elements of sculpture. Wood selection, drying forms, steam box requirements, and bending systems will be discussed and demonstrated.

1:00PM-2:00PM Welding Studio-Sculpture
Tig Welding Demo
By Kevin M. Vanek
TIG application for the sculptor. TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas); this process grants the operator greater control over the weld than competing processes such as STICK and MIG welding, allowing for stronger, higher quality welds. The demo will cover basic TIG welding process including how to set up a TIG machine for use along with proper metal preparation. Demonstrations will be given for proper welding technique of basic material such as steel (stainless and mild), aluminum, bronze and iron.

2:00PM-3:00PM Room: 1326
Hot Glass in the Sculpture Studio
By Mac Metz
This discussion will focus on the use of glass in the field of modern sculpture. Beginning with a brief
history of the modern studio glass movement and it’s growing place in the art world at large. The discussion will then go on to cover studio set up, the equipment, different methods of using glass as well as my own history and experience with the material. Glass is an emerging medium in the field of modern sculpture and much of it’s potential is left untapped. Hopefully, attendees will go away with a better understanding of the material, it’s place in sculpture and where hot glass studios are available for them to use. See you at the conference!

3:00PM – 4:00 PM Room: 1326
Doing what you can with what you have: An effort towards an ecologically sustainable foundry.
By Christian Benefiel
As temperatures rise along with costs and resources dwindle, some artists are faced with the possibility of cutting metalworking out of their studio practice. Sustainability does not have to be a novelty, in many cases today it can be the most efficient approach. We will look at alternative methods of building metal casting facilities, using a variety of fuel sources, molding techniques and studio practice which can help save your health, money and environment.

3:00PM-4:30PM Room: ECU Innovation Design Lab – Willis 202
Rapid Prototyping and 3D Printing  
By Wayne Godwin
Accommodations for 8 –10 people in the Innovation Design Lab. Visit the ECU Innovation Design Lab and participate in a discussion of the use of photographic techniques to replicate sculptures with Rapid Prototyping. Rapid Prototyping is used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional computer aided design. The replication process will be demonstrated using the famous “Bronze Bruce” statue, which represents the US Army Special Forces in Fort Bragg, NC. It starts with a series of photographs that are converted into a digital 3Dfile that is refined by a character artist with digital tools (ZBrush). The files are then converted into stereo files (STL) that are checked for “water tight” construction and texture maps. Then the files are sent to the rapid prototyping for production using the ZCorp z450 machine. 

3:00PM-4:30PM sculpture courtyard
Intro to Blacksmithing-
By Phillip Harrison
A demonstration on Forging Leaves & Animal Heads of various types. Starting with either bar stock or prepared weldments, leaf and stem forgings will be demonstrated including techniques on joinery, blending, welds and how to's on how fabrications end up looking less"Fabricated" and more Unique.

5:00PM keynote Address – James Surls

6:00PM-8:00PM Closing Reception of The Tri-State Sculptors Exhibit in School of Art Gray Gallery and ECU Sculpture Students Exhibition in the Burrough’s Wellcome Gallery

SATURDAY, October 6, 2012 9:00AM-2:30PM De-Installation of Tri-State Sculptors Exhibit from Gray Gallery

9:00AM-10:30AM School of Art Auditorium
Panel Discussion: Exploring or Exploiting the boundaries of Public Sculpture
Panelists: Hanna Jubran - Moderator
James Surls, Carl Billingsley, Tom Grubb, Jim Gallucci
Panelists present the artists viewpoint when applying for public sculpture and how they can play a significant role to push the boundaries and rights of the artists. What are the rules they have to play in this complex system of committees, regulations and politically correct, while still being creative?

10:30 – 12:00PM  School of Art Auditorium
Outdoor Sculpture Competitions Panel
Candy Snodgrass from Bristol, TN.
Anne Trebue Nelson from N. Charleston, SC.
Elizabeth Breeden from Charlottesville, VA.
Catherine Coulter-Lloyd from Rocky Mount, NC.

1:00PM-2:00PM Room 1326
Slide Presentations- open to all Tri-State Members
5 images each, ready to download to Mac Computer (jump drive or CD)

1:00PM-4:00PM Sculpture Courtyard
IRON POUR-Please have your molds ready. No mold making on Friday
By Carl Billingsley

1:00PM-2:00PM Welding Studio
MIG Welding Workshop and Demo:
By Matt Harding
 MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding is an easy and efficient method for welding various metals and alloys. This demo will cover basics of this process and the MIG machine, providing technical tips/tricks for structurally sound welds well-suited for sculpture.

2:00PM-3:00PM Room: 133
Intricate Mold Making and Casting Workshop for Students
By Chris Wooten
This workshop will demonstrate techniques used to mold and cast intricate pieces on a small scale. Participants will be introduced to mold making and casting techniques using silicone rubber and urethane casting resin.
Topics that will be covered are the following:
-Basic casting fundamentals
-Preparation of work for casting
-Proper venting and gating of work
-Silicone rubber and vacuum degassing
-Jeweler’s cut mold opening
-Urethane resin and pressure casting
-Clean up and preparations of urethane casting for applying finish

SUNDAY, October 7, 2012
8:00AM - 9:00AM COFFEE AND PASTRIES Room 1326
9:00AM Business Meeting for Tri-State Members
All Tri-State members are encouraged to attend this very important meeting! This is your opportunity to learn about and contribute to the work of our volunteer-run organization. Issues to be addressed include a review of TSS business from board officers and member voting to fill board vacancies. Please see enclosed business meeting agenda in your conference packet from our President Jim Gallucci.

Questions or concerns contact - Hanna Jubran 252-328-1303

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Ancients Made These

Coming Friday October 5th, 2012 at ARTAVENUE. In DOWNtown Greenville, NorthCarolina.

Please like Art Avenue's Facebook page and join this event to help promote our fledgling program.

I've been planning an exhibition that is in conjunction (unofficially) with the Tri State Sculpture Symposium occuring at East Carolina University. This specifically sculptural exhibition highlights artwork with a particularly pre-historic quality. Whether through material or content, its work that could look weathered or primal or tribal or basic or otherwise "ancient".

Here are some examples of the participating artists' work (without their permission).  This will give you an idea of what to expect. I'm not sure what they are going to show up with. It's up to them.

Poster by Mario Paredes
Link to his website.

Matt Amante
Mohu Stone
Link to his website.

Stuart R. Kent
Vessel in the form of an egg, variation #2
Link to his website
Andrew Denton
Tetrahedronal Transformation
James Dudley
Dear Reliquary
Steel, Brass, Bone
Jonathan Bowling
Pull Toy

Austin Sheppard
British Invasion