Bringing the greater cast iron art community to Laramie was a huge success! On September 24th 2014 we hosted the 4th Biennial Western Cast Iron Art Conference where workshops were held, public iron pours, exhibitions, panel discussions, and demonstrations all surrounding cast iron art making.
Among these enriching events and experiences were a juried, student and professional, art exhibition in the UW Visual Arts Main Gallery which included a reception serving as an opening for the conference to honor visiting artists and community members.
WCIAA Board members has their Pearlsnaps Exhibition around the Visual Arts Building grounds.
Iron workshops and demonstrations were held for students of all ages and backgrounds so that many could have something poured in iron during the conference.
Panel discussions occurred each day that imparted information for novice and professional artists and community members in regards to professional options after school in art and sculpture in particular, public art portfolios by both artists and administrators of public art programs, foundry productions around the US and in China.
Our keynote speaker John Grade is from Seattle and was a key highlight for this conference not only for those specifically here for the conference happenings but for the greater Wyoming community both young and old.
19 states were represented as well as China, which gave the conference breadth and brought the country together here in Laramie.
During this conference, furnaces from around the region filled our parking lot and sculpture yard, allowing us to melt over 10,000 pounds of molten iron. Our iron was funded by donations and grant money from the Wyoming Arts council, the Wyoming Cultural Trust and the UW Research Office as well as the UW ART Museum and Art Department. These generous entities made it possible for conference goers to not had ego pay for their iron.Thank you to all as we could not have done this without you!
Cast Iron art making bonds participants together as this effort is not accomplished without a collaborative effort. We work together to help the metal reach its goal- an artwork that will hopefully reach its audience.