National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices

Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark
Birmingham, Alabama
March 31 - April 3, 2021

Due to the current pandemic, the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (NCCCIAP) will be held virtually in 2021, but we look forward to supplementing and deepening these remote sessions around our 2021 theme, Lived Histories/Imagined Futures.  As a guiding framework for engaging the lived histories and future possibilities of cast iron, we will draw from our shared archive, the Pig Iron Rough Notes, and we will produce a new volume of the Rough Notes with contributions from conference participants. 

The Steering Committee for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices invites individual artists, groups, or industry professionals to submit proposals for virtual demonstrations.

This year, we are looking for artists to submit demonstrations that will be executed in a virtual format. For these demonstrations, think sculpture meets cooking videos with potential for multiple points of view during the broadcasts. Demonstrators can choose to live stream or pre-record their process with a live Q&A after. However, be aware of your video production and editing capabilities and direct your proposals accordingly.

We are highly receptive to interdisciplinary proposals that do not solely utilize cast iron. For all demos, consider materials, processes, technical skills, and problem-solving solutions that could benefit the greater community of cast iron artists, particularly in these times of limited resources. Proposals should consider the potential benefits of hosting from a remote location, such as studio tours that would allow upcoming artists an inside look at how an established professional sets up workflow. Also, consider processes that would otherwise be limited to a specific production space because of specialty equipment needs.

While creating proposals, keep in mind the theme of the conference is 
Lived Histories/Imagined Futures

SUBMISSIONS DUE: December 13, 2020


Notification of acceptance by January 15, 2021

Please submit proposals for demonstrations with current resume/CV to:




  • Name 

  • Title 

  • Affiliation 

  • Address 

  • Phone 

  • Email 

  • Title of Demo  

  • Please submit the following information:

  • A 200-word max abstract describing the demonstration 

  • Abbreviated CV

  • 3 images of finished works using proposed demo processes or link to artist’s website


Please submit your proposal via a google form:


Please submit proposals for demonstrations with current resume/CV to:

Contact, Rachel Kidd-Chancey and Megan Pace at: with questions or concerns.

More information about the NCCCIAP is available online: