Tri-State Sculptors 38th Annual Conference Takes Place in the Seagrove Area of NC – Oct. 6-9, 2016

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Sculptors from around the country will be converging on the Seagrove area to participate in the 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference, “Creativity, Communication and Collaboration”, Oct. 6-9, 2016, hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise. Located in the center of NC and the Tri-State area of VA, NC, and SC, the Seagrove area offers the perfect backdrop for an amazing conference.

This conference 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 as well.

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, 4 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 in Asheboro, NC, and the Saturday afternoon events from 1 – 8pm 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. This project receives support from the NC Arts Council. 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.

We are anticipating that attendance will 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 of 2016.

For more information about the conference, visit (www.tristatesculptors.org). Please contact Catherine at 336/873-8291 or e-mail to (catherine@carolinabronze.com) if you have questions about attending or being a vendor for our conference.

The Tri-State Sculptors Educational Association was formed in 1978 by a group of sculptors from Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to promote public awareness and appreciation of sculpture in the region and to exchange ideas and information among its members. The organization holds annual fall conferences with concurrent exhibitions. Presentations cover a wide range of topics of interest to sculptors and those interested in sculpture, casting techniques, public art, studio hazards, gallery relations, etc.

The 38th Annual Tri-State Sculpture Conference is being hosted by Carolina Bronze Sculpture, (www.carolinabronze.com) and STARworks Center for Creative Enterprises, (www.starworksnc.org) with support from Tri-State Sculptors, the NC Arts Council, the NC Zoo, the NC Pottery Center, the Randolph Arts Guild and the Seagrove Area Pottery Association.

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