THE WCIAC IS ORGANIZED BY THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE WCIAA:
Tom Fox, San Diego, California
I was born and raised in Chicago IL. I spent lots time in my adolescence riding the light rail “IC” to the Chitown loop and the Chicago Art Institute. I’m a lifelong fan of the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Mine was a middle class blue color upbringing. Public school educated: pre-K-MFA. I earned a Bachelor’s in Applied Design and Masters in Art from SDSU. My Maternal grandmother, June, was a multi material using home crafter. When I was an 8 year old kid she and my great aunt Carol were making slip cast ceramics, making plaster molds, glazing, and firing the electric kiln in Carol’s basement. Junie was an ace welder, which was the trade she practiced until retirement in the late 80’s. She turned 95 this past July (2017). Early on I was creatively inspired by her, my gear head uncles, and the accessible art in the city of Chicago. In high school I was advised at departure not to pursue a career in the arts because it was not the type of work that would reward with significant financial wealth. I followed those instructions from a jackass for some 20 years. Bad advice notwithstanding I was always making 2 and 3 d renderings of various types. I have found this impulse to be something beyond my control; an inevasible impulse to make. I was an outsider artist until 1999 when I went for academic credentials related to creative practice. I’ve been in San Diego since 1982. While much of my recent work is presented in metal, I have been using ceramics, wood, found, and alternative materials for years. Recently re-elected I have been the president of the 501c3 Western Cast Iron Art Alliance since 2012 (wciaa.org). Our nonprofit specializes in the exhibition, instruction, and demonstration of contemporary cast iron art, and allied practices thereto in the United States and internationally. I teach in the San Diego Community College district, and provide workshops periodically in the area. In the 5th year of existence I operate a studio, Tom Fox Art and Design (TFD), in Pacific beach.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
Noah Kirby received his B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998 and his M.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. Kirby has worked for Cassilly, Inc. at the City Museum and runs N.K. Metalworks, both in St. Louis. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at Finder Arts District, Nanjing, China; National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis; University of Wyoming, Laramie; Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois; Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario; MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois; Moss Thorn Gallery, Hays State University, Kansas; Auburn University, Alabama; Burris Hall Gallery, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas; Gallery 130, University of Mississippi, Oxford; Good Citizen, St. Louis; Kidwelly, Wales, United Kingdom; Northeastern Junior College, Sterling Colorado; Powerhouse Gallery, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Site, Birmingham; Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee; and String Gallery, Toronto, Ontario. Kirby currently teaches at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the co-director of Six Miles Sculpture Works and 50 Brick Artist Residency in Granite City, Illinois.
Ted Uran, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, Arizona
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.
Christopher Meyer is a native South Dakotan and Associate Professor of Sculpture at his Alma Mater the University of South Dakota where he received his B.F.A. visual art in sculpture. Meyer earned his M.F.A. emphasizing in sculpture from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT.
Meyer’s work ranges from non-objective to representational sculptural objects, sculptural installations and performance work often times focusing on the interaction between the viewer and the work. The work may evoke a tool or a toy but without a stated purpose, or it may simply imply a raw emotional state but his objective is to create work that is humanist in nature. Christopher’s studio practice tends to emphasize material and process and is made from a large variety of materials including cast metals, carved or fabricated wood and steel, fibers, mixed media or “whatever the piece needs to be.” Since 2014 Meyer has made a deeper investment in cast iron; building a furnace and equipment necessary to make iron, bringing cast iron to the University of South Dakota and hosting an annual iron pour event at his home studio in rural South Dakota called the “Little Pour on the Prairie” each spring. Meyer annually travels thousands of miles to cast iron.
Meyer’s work has been published in several visual art publications regionally to internationally and has exhibited in over 100 regional and national exhibitions since joining the University of South Dakota in 2006. Meyer works and lives with his family consisting of his wife, two children, two dogs and way too many cats on a rural acreage full of materials somewhere northwest of Vermillion, South Dakota.