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Texas Woman’s University Cast Iron Sculpture Symposium

Panel Discussion, Mold Making Workshop and Iron Pour

April 12, 2012

March 30, 2012 - DENTON - Texas Woman’s University, Department of Visual Arts is hosting a Sculpture Symposium on Iron casting on Thursday, April 12th.  Members of the Texas Atomic Iron Commission: Kurt Dryhaug (Lamar University), Geoff Broderick (Abilene Christian University), Robbie Barber (Baylor University), Greg Reuter (Texas A & M Corpus Christi), and Kirsten Bloomer (independent artist in Austin) will be on campus demonstrating the cast iron sculpting process. Activities include a panel discussion on furnace design from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., a mold-making workshop 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. and the highlight of the day, an iron pour from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Students and faculty from TWU Visual Arts and other Texas universities and community colleges including the University of Dallas and Tarrant County Community College will be involved. The TAIC will discuss their work and the sculptural potential of iron, present a mold-making workshop and demonstrate the melting and pouring of iron at the outdoor work area of the Fine Arts Building, corner of Texas and Oakland St.

Furnace Design, Construction and Operation Panel Discussion- 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 PM0West Gallery, Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Building.0Members of TAIC, Kurt Dyrhaug, Geoff Broderick, Kirsten Bloomer and Tanya Synar will discuss cast iron cupola building, including furnace design, construction, and operation. Topics include types of furnaces, materials used in construction as well as the problems that may be encountered. TWU Associate Professor Tanya Synar will moderate the panel discussion.

Scratch Block / Indirect Mold-Making Workshop- 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.0Room 002/Sculpture Area, Department of Visual Arts, Fine Arts Building.0Attendees will be able to see the process of creating artwork and building molds that will be used to cast iron during the pour. Robbie Barber (Baylor University) and Greg Reuter (Texas A & M Corpus Christi) will demonstrate indirect mold making techniques.

The Iron Pour- Furnace will be lit at 4:30 PM. Iron pour will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Heat of 2,500 to 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit is needed to melt iron. Today's pour will use roughly a half-ton of iron to create sculpture prepared by TAIC members and TWU students.

The events are free and open to the public.

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Contact: Vance Wingate

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