THE WCIAC IS ORGANIZED BY THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE WCIAA:
Ashley Hope Carlisle is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, received her BFA in Sculpture from The University of Southern Mississippi in 1997, and her MFA in Sculpture from The University of Georgia in 2002. As a working artist, she has exhibited in galleries all over the south, east, and western U.S. as well as in England and Italy. She was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student in Contemporary Sculpture Award in 2002, and was a Wyoming Arts Council Fine Arts fellowship winner in 2007. She has been teaching for the past 13 years in Laramie, Wyoming and is Associate Professor of Art in Sculpture at the University of Wyoming. She shares this amazing life with her husband David Jones and their son Dylan Elijah.
Toby Flores, Fort Hayes State University; Hays, Kansas
I was born in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1971. I have been making art since I was very young. My mother and father encouraged creativity in many ways. My mother could cook, crochet and create macramé owls. My father could fix the cars, make things from wood, write and tell stories and dance until the sun came up. My brother could draw spaceships. I studied printmaking, drawing and sculpture in San Diego receiving a BA from San Diego State University in 2000. I then studied sculpture and blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale receiving a MFA in 2003. I now live and work in Hays, Kansas with my wife, Libby and my two boys, Cooper and Oscar. I have been teaching sculpture at Fort Hays State University since 2006.
My art is: mostly sculpture these days, objects, sometimes conceptually based and sometimes formal, objects that tell stories or that are just for looking at, sometimes made of cast iron, sometimes steel, usually heavy and humorous, sometimes made of wood or aluminum, ornamental or functional or both, usually not very colorful, mostly made by hand, likely made with use of duct tape, wire, hot-glue and a sharpie, sometimes depicting humorous accounts of friends or family, best made on a full stomach, blurring the boundaries between the hand made and the mass produced, always made with a smile or a grin.
Tom Fox, San Diego, California
I was born & raised in a hardworking, blue collar, middle class family environment. We moved around the south side of Chicago until I was 10, then to the suburbs 30 miles south. Fortunately I was still connected to the city by the Illinois Central Railroad. I graduated high school, and worked in the building trades and steel industries for a couple years. I sold my belongings and hit the road west. Stopped and stayed for a while in Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, Galveston, and Houston. I settled in San Diego CA in 1984. Working full time jobs and going to college part time I earned a few AA degrees, including one in Art Education. My wife was doing the same work and college routine. We were married in Balboa Park in 1990; she’s some kind of wonderful.
I earned a BA in Applied Design with an emphasis in Metalsmithing from San Diego State University (SDSU). In August 2011 I completed the work to earn an MFA in Sculpture from SDSU. As instructor of record I have delivered a number of classes at the SDSU, the University of California San Diego and Grossmont College in El Cajon CA. In 2004 I was hired as the Studio Technician for the Sculpture Department at Grossmont College.
The things that find their way into my sculptural output are objects and ideas I’m familiar with. A sense of humor, that which occupies the periphery, and symbols that co-exist is our space; are some of the things that are found in my work. My approach to making art is an examination of the experience of being a sculptor. I am the subject of the research and the researcher simultaneously. Honesty, solid work, integrity, reliability and other unique qualities of the blue collar, work – a – day – world, temper my views and expressions. In my output I prefer to highlight the expressive capacity of materials and process I engage in. It is my effort to elicit in the viewer a sense of vague familiarity and to pique a little wonder.
I’ve been inspired by celebrated artists and others less well known. My rail link from the burbs to the loop allowed the blessing of being exposed to all of the great sculpture Chicago had to offer. Material, scale, variety: Calder, Smith, Serra, Westerman, DeBuffet, Picasso, all of this work, and perhaps the personas more directly, unlocked something in my soul. And it is this: the inevasible impulse to make. My family, my grandmother the welder, my gearhead uncles and many others were great formative and influential sources. The world, my friends, coworkers, and students along the way have and still inform my views. The impact of many of the teachers who helped shape my progress, some of whom I still have contact with; cannot be overstated. I am thankful for the capacity to absorb and the opportunity to express in visual form.
Jack Gron, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas
Jack Gron was born in the steel- producing town of Steubenville Ohio in 1951. He received his BFA degree in sculpture from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus Ohio in 1973. Jack attended Washington University in St. Louis where he earned his MFA degree in sculpture in 1976. From 1976-1980 Jack operated a sculpture studio in Chicago where he fabricated and installed several large -scale public works while teaching part time at community colleges in the area. In 1980 Jack moved to Cincinnati Ohio and taught sculpture and ceramics at the University of Cincinnati for two years. After that he moved to Lexington Kentucky where he taught sculpture for 20 years and served as Chairman of the Art Department for 7 years. In 2002 he accepted a position as Director of the School of Art at Northern Arizona University for three years. In 2005 Jack was offered the position of Chairman of the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he continues today.
All through his academic career, Jack has maintained a high profile as a working artist in developing a national and international reputation. Jack has served the greater community through his activities as workshop facilitator, exhibition adjudicator, artist in residencies and lecturer, conference panelist and a member of several local, regional and national boards and commissions.
David Jones, Wyoming Art Museum; Laramie, Wyoming
David Jones, originally from Augusta, Georgia, received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Georgia in 2000. For the following year he resided in Birmingham, Alabama where he worked in the Sloss Metal Arts Artist-in-Residency program casting iron before going on to pursue his masters degree. In 2004 he received his MFA in sculpture from the University of Tennessee and then moved west to Laramie, Wyoming with his wife Ashley Hope Carlisle. David currently works as the Art Department Technician at the University of Wyoming.
Born in Galway, Ireland in 1968 Rian Kerrane received her BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast in 1991, her MFA from the University of New Orleans in 1997 and is currently Associate Professor and Area Head for the Sculpture Program at the University of Colorado Denver.
A noted sculptor in cast iron, mixed media and installation, Rian has shown in sculpture gardens, museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, Italy, Austria, and Mexico. The Traditional Cast Object as Subjective Conceptual Metaphor was presented at the College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles in 2009. She is a board member for the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance, an eclectic group of iron artists that stages biennial iron conferences across the western regions of the United States. Rian is a contributor to the conference steering committee for the 7th International Conference in Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Latvia in 2014 as well as the director for pre-conference workshops. She is keynote for IRON R2 at the National Sculpture Factory and Crawford College of Art & Design in Ireland, summer 2014. Rian hosts the Iron Art Festival each spring at CU Denver.
She was a resident at Flax Art Studio’s International Residency Programme in Belfast in 2002 and Clo Ceardlann, Donegal in 2011. She is a resident artist for the Franconia Sculpture Park Annual Iron Pour in Summer 2014. She returns to Ireland biannually to the Burren College of Art, where she runs an interdisciplinary, site-specific art course. Rian curated Hybrid, an exhibition involving seven Irish artists and seven US artists, as a basis to further explore place and identity through several viewpoints. This opened in Denver at RedLine in 2011 and the sister exhibition is scheduled for the Regional Cultural Center, Letterkenny, County Donegal in 2015.
Born 1958 in Lafayette, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree in sculpture in 1979 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and his M.F.A. in 1982 from the University of Notre Dame. He worked for a decade in foundries, potteries and as a commissioned artist before taking a full time teaching position. He has taught at New Mexico Highlands University since 1991 and currently serves as fine arts coordinator in the Department of Communications and Fine Arts. NMHU holds the Iron Tribe Exhibit biannually since 2001. He is interested in the relationship between ceramics, casting and ritual.
Alison Ouellette-Kirby, Six Mile Sculpture Works, St. Louis, Missouri
Alison Ouellette-Kirby received her Undergraduate degree in sculpture and photography from the University of Windsor in 1993 and her Masters degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1996. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally at The National Ornamental Metal Museum, The Walker Gallery at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, The Washington University Medical School of Medicine, The Art Gallery of Windsor and String Gallery in Toronto. She is a Professor of Art at St. Charles Community College. Alison and her husband, Noah Kirby, also a sculptor are Co-Directors of Six Mile SculptureWorks, a not-for-profit Sculpture Center in Granite City, Illinois. They live in St. Louis with their two dogs and a cat.
Ted Uran, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Ted Uran is a Native of Illinois. He spent his childhood there and attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale for his undergraduate work. In 1997 Ted moved to the Phoenix area to attend graduate school at Arizona State University. After completing his Master of Fine Art degree in 2000, he was hired as a full time faculty member at Scottsdale Community College, where he is currently teaching, as well as performing the duties of the Division Chair for fine and performing arts. When not teaching, administrating, or making art, Ted and his wife Brenda spend time volunteering for Arizona Border Collie Rescue, and camping in and around Arizona with all 4 dogs and usually a foster dog to boot.