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The 2016 Tri-State Sculptors 38th Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, October 6 through Sunday October 9 in Seagrove, North Carolina. Carolina Bronze Sculpture and STARworks will be co-sponsoring the conference.Seagrove is renowned for its natural beauty, culture and history and is home to over 100 potters, the NC Pottery Center and Carolina Bronze Sculpture. The NC Zoo is down the road and STARworks is just 15 miles south. The Uwarrie National Forest is located close by.
The keynote speaker on Friday evening will be Noah Scalin, an American mixed media artist. On June 4th, 2007, Noah Scalin came up with an ingenious idea: he cut a skull out of orange paper and posted it online with the note, “I’m making a skull image every day for a year.” His uniquely witty works became a wild success: five months later, nearly 250,000 people have visited the site, many sending in skull photos of their own and turning Scalin’s blog into one of the world’s top sites. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia, the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, and Krause Gallery in NYC. By using everyday items, including mass produced consumer goods, in his photographs, installations, and sculptures, Scalin asks the viewer to recontextualize the ‘things’ in their lives that are normally taken for granted, overlooked or discarded. He co-runs Another Limited Rebellion an art & innovation consulting firm and is a sought after public speaker on creativity.
The keynote speaker on Saturday evening will be Daniel Johnston. Johnstons’ monumental jars are created from hand-dug local North Carolina clay and ash glazes evoke the tradition and history of the storage vessel. He is one of the newest “large-pot” ceramicists living in the Seagrove clay community to come to the national forefront and recently presented a site-specific installation for thirty large jars. Johnston explains, “Visitors will enter a 60-foot long tunnel to view my jars. They will experience light playing through the tunnel’s interior and perceive the monumental jars aligned in a series reflecting their production on the wheel. The architecture of the structure is built from the same wood that feeds the crucible where the pots were created— and evokes the design of the groundhog kiln of the American South. At the end of the corridor one last jar, I select, will be displayed on a pedestal in a seamless cube, resembling a modern gallery space.”
There will be four member exhibitions.The indoor exhibition will be held at the Sarah Smith Self Gallery in Asheboro, NC. Outdoor sculpture will be exhibited at the Carolina Bronze Sculpture Garden in Seagrove, NC. In addition, the Downtown Asheboro Sculpture exhibition features Tri-State Sculptors’ members. Student members will have their own exhibition at the Bank Vault Gallery in Downtown Seagrove.
This conference is designed to meet the needs of sculptors and educators working in a variety of 3D media. It will be a valuable educational experience including technical, marketing and business information. A full listing of conference activities can be found on the conference webpage: 38th Annual Conference
Our annual business meeting will be held on Sunday morning. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Registration includes all receptions, presentations and demos, roundtable discussions, keynote speakers and access to vendors.
Dinner Friday and Saturday evenings are NOT included in the conference fee.
Conference Hotel Information
Hotel accomodations can be booked directly at Hampton Inn, 336-625-9000, Asheboro, NC. Reserve your accomodations for $104 plus tax for 2 double beds and $99 plus tax for one king bed per night. Please state that you are with the Tri-State Sculptors block, code CBS. Rooms must be booked by Friday, September 16, 2016 to secure the conference rate.
Need to share a room? Contact email@example.com and we will try to help. Please send her your name, gender, and all contact info with your request.
Camping will be available on the grounds of Carolina Bronze Sculpture for $5 / night per person. Port-a-lets will be available but there is no running water or electricity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
There is no child care. Please, no children at the conference.
No pets, please!
Holiday in Express, 336-636-5222
Quality Inn, 336-626-3680
Comfort Inn, 336-626-4414
Deep River Campground, 336-626-4069
Zooland Family Campground, 336-381-3422
Seagrove Stoneware Inn and Pottery, 336-707-9124
Duck Smith House, 336- 873-7099
Fees include a non-refundable administration charge of $5 and must be paid in full before registration will be processed. Written notice of cancellation by Sept 9th, 2016 will receive a full refund. After that, refunds at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Melissa Walker at email@example.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, with 48 hour email notification. Send notification to Catherine Britt at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Helpful, but not neccesary.
What are my parking options at the event?
There will be free parking for conference attendees.
Dr. Gary Beckman
Arts Entrepreneurship at NCSU
Daniel Johnston Pottery
Saturday Evening Keynote
Schell Bray Attorneys
ACRA Enterprises, Inc
Who Knows Art
NC Dept of Cultural Resources
Senior Program Director for Artists and Organizations
Another Limited Rebellion
Friday Evening Keynote
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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. Other events and exhibitions are organized each year as the need or opportunity arises.
An email list-serve keeps members updating about exhibition and grant opportunities.
The 300-plus members' works range from realistic to conceptual; in scales from architectural to intimate. Media include metal, wood, stone, plastic, fabric, concrete, and found objects, to name a few.
Membership is open to anyone interested in sculpture, regardless of style, medium, education, or location.