Sculptors from around the country will converge on the Seagrove area Thursday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 9 to participate in the 38th annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise.
The Seagrove area offers the perfect backdrop for the conference, which is designed to meet the needs and interests of sculptors and educators working in a variety of 3-D media, including metal, clay, glass, fibers, stone and mixed media. It will be a valuable educational experience that includes not only technical information, but marketing and business information.
The conference format will consist of one day of area tours, and two days of technical and educational presentations, demos and workshops, a sculpture trade show on Friday along with round table discussions, four-member exhibitions, and evening events.
Artist Noah Scalin, author of several books on creativity, art and design including the award winning Skull-A-Day Art Project, will be the Friday evening keynote speaker and Daniel Johnston, well-known potter and sculptor, will be the keynote speaker Saturday evening.
Both keynote addresses are free and open to the public along with Friday evening Tri-State Sculptors art opening at the Sarah Smith Self Gallery adjacent to the Moring Art Center in Asheboro and the Saturday afternoon events from 1 to 8 p.m. at Carolina Bronze Sculpture in Seagrove which include the creation of sand molds, and watching the molds being poured with molten iron courtesy of Liberty Arts.
Saturday afternoon and evening will also include the firing of a large clay sculpture by Daniel Johnston that will still be aflame when revealed Saturday evening along with an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the newly dedicated Sculpture Garden.
Attendance is expected to exceed 150 sculpture professionals and educators, giving attendees ample networking, education and exhibition opportunities. Attendance and exhibition opportunities are open to current Tri-State members. Membership is $35 and $20 for students. Registration will open in June.
This project received support from the N.C. Arts Council.