Andrew Marsh makes beautiful and terrifying art exploring sacrifice and reward in the face of severe chronic pain. Through Lucky 7 Arts, he combines brutal, explosive performances with cast iron, welded steel, and chainsaw carved wood sculptures at BLDG 15 Studios, which he founded with Feral Fagiola in Louisville, KY. He was artist in residence at City Museum in St. Louis after earning his MFA at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (‘01) and BFA at the University of Kentucky (‘95). His work has appeared in over 250 group and solo exhibitions, collections, installations, and events. Marsh is assistant director for Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and program officer for the Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy at the University of Louisville. He serves as chair of the board of directors and executive officer for Josephine Sculpture Park, is a contributing artist at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, and co-chaired the 2017 NCCCIAP.
From deep in the heart of Texas to the big city of Chicago, Eric Fuertes has been rockin’ and a rollin’ from coast to coast. Fabricator to the stars and foundry man extraordinaire, Señor Fuertes has been full tilt hustle and brings his talents and energy to the Historic Sloss Furnaces as Co-Chair for the 2019-2021 National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices. El Santo Fuertes is currently the Manager of the Columbus Digital Fabrication Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he continues to keep his finger on the pulse and foot on the gas while he pioneers supafresh and innovative modes of thinking and doing. Don’t get him wet. Don’t feed him after midnight. Never say his name three times in front of a mirror and for more information you can howl toward the north...OR visit www.EricFuertes.com and friend him on FB!!!
A native of Birmingham, Marshall is Director of Metal Arts at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, where he advances the development of the locally loved and nationally acclaimed metal arts program. Christie empowers artists across Birmingham and has become a prominent mentor for the next generation of metal artists, guiding such notable young talents as Ajene Williams, 2016's Magic City Arts Connection Emerging Artist of the Year.
Feral is an artist from Atlanta, GA who explores fetish and materiality in her work. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Kennesaw State University ('16) where she focused her studies on foundry and metal fabrication. She also worked as an artist at DaddyO’s Tattoo A-Go-Go from 2010-17. Feral is currently an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts and based in Louisville, KY where she runs BLDG 15 Studios with Andrew Marsh. Feral slings iron on the weekends with Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, Atlanta Metal Arts, and the GoatnHammer.
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Stacey is an artist originally from the way outs of Kansas, also known as the small farming community of Lancaster. Rathert received her BFA and BS in Education in 2011 from Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. She then made an epic voyage to the south to receive her MFA from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 2015. Currently, Rathert is an instructor at the U of M in sculpture and foundations.
Liz learned the cast iron process while studying at Alfred University. She currently creates cast metal and mixed media sculpture at Liz Helfer Studios in Cambridge, MA where she also works and studies at Harvard University. Liz is the Coordinator of Hatch Makerspace by the Watertown Free Public Library, where she introduces making to the community through 3D printing, laser cutting, and more. She stays connected to her roots in New Hampshire through work as the Grants Coordinator for the Governor Wentworth Arts Council.
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Kevin was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, immersed in the blue-collar world. As a result of this working class upbringing and his technical training, Kevin found his way to sculpture as an outlet for his creativity. He received his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2010 and his MFA from East Carolina University in 2013. Currently, Kevin works as Studio Technician and Adjunct Faculty in sculpture at the University of Southern Mississippi. An active participant in the iron community since 2006, Kevin has kept himself bathed in the sparks of the furnace.
Miranda received undergrad degrees in Chemistry and Fine Art from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2005, a post grad degree from the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland in 2007, completing her MFA in Sculpture at Savannah College of Art & Design in 2015. She has exhibited across the U.S. & internationally. She was awarded the 2013 Lee Kimche McGrath Fellowship for Arts & Science. Miranda is a prop maker, special effects technician for the film industry based in Atlanta, GA.
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Katelyn is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where she received her BFA with an emphasis in sculpture. She interned for three years at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum during her studies. Following her formal education, she continued to learn and build experience at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee as the first ever foundry apprentice. Post apprenticeship, she spent a year at a design residency, focusing on community growth and mentoring youth. Currently, she has settled back home in Kentucky, working at the Falls Art Foundry in Louisville where she’s able to use all her skills and knowledge daily, and is fortunate to be able create her own work in her studio.
Paul is an artist who works mostly in cast iron, steel, and concrete. He also creates his own carved woodblock prints, which are printed with a handmade steel printing press. Paul graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in December 2015 with a BFA in 3D Fine Arts/Sculpture. He is Artist in Residence at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum.
Laura Elizabeth Mullen is an active sculptor and metalsmith in the cast iron and art jewelry communities as well as being an art handler on the Saint Louis Art Museum installation crew. Currently, she is exploring the jewelry technique of “cast in place stones” and inserting this use of faceted stones into the larger scale arena of resin bonded sand molds and cast iron. To chronicle her journey in life, metal working, and iron casting, she produces vlog style videos for her YouTube channel as the Cast Iron Gypsy.
David was born and raised in southwest Louisiana and has resided in New Mexico since 1985. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) in 1979 and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1982. He is Professor of Fine Art and Chair of the Visual and Performing Arts at New Mexico Highlands University. The Western Cast Iron Art Alliance elected him as the founding President in 2008; he currently serves on their board. His interests are in thermal processes that include ceramics, metal working and performance work.
Marty Linson is an artist and sculptor who graduated from Lindenwood University 2007 with his MFA. He won Olympic Gold in the Art and Culture competition in the category of Sculpture in 2012. Marty has taught all manner of studio arts at several colleges and universities. He now works as Chief Preparator of Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO and continues to create sculpture for commission around the world.
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Gabrielle Egnater was born in Los Angeles, California to a family of printmakers and lighting designers. She transplanted to Chicago to pursue a BFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her time in undergrad, Gabrielle interned for the Kohler Arts/Industry Program. After graduation, She remained in the Midwest as a Classroom Coordinator for the Cranbrook Art Museum. She is currently a Metal Shop Supervisor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and Adjunct Faculty for the CCS Community Arts Partnership Program.
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Cassie Kise is an artist, anthropologist, fabricator, and educator based in Oakland, California. Originally, from both Philadelphia and Carmel Valley, California, Kise received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with concentrations in Art & Technology, Sculpture, and Photography. She has interned at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum and is Foundry Faculty at The Crucible in Oakland. In addition to teaching, Cassie works full-time as the Model Shop & Fabrication Studio Manager at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she manages CCA’s general access wood and metal shops.
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Gabrielle Dinger is from the swamps of South Louisiana. She received her BFA in 2016 from Nicholls State University, and is currently a graduate candidate concentrating in sculpture at the University of Mississippi. Her work is inspired by the connection of people to place and travel and utilizes an expanse of materials, often times inserting various metal components.
Matthew Eaton is a former Sloss Metal Arts Foundry Programs Coordinator and a contemporary sculptor, printmaker and art educator who is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from New Mexico Highlands University, a Professional Printers’ Certificate from the Tamarind Institute, a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Sculpture from Georgia State University and a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of New Mexico. His sculptural work is rooted in the contemporary cast iron art movement.
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Rachel is a sculptor based in Marietta, Georgia. She graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2013, earning a BFA with a concentration in sculpture. She now works for the Architecture Department at Kennesaw State University as a wood shop supervisor. In addition to taking on commissions, Rachel makes figurative works incorporating wood and cast metal that mix traditional sculpture techniques with digital fabrication.
Morgan Lugo is a sculptor who hails from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2015, Morgan earned a BFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University. Since Morgan started creating sculptures, she has worked nationally and internationally as part of a multitude of different exhibitions, cast iron performances, residencies and internships. Morgan now works at Inferno Art Foundry in Atlanta, GA. She also runs a small commission-based company to help out local artists in the Atlanta area. As the 2019 NCCCIAP approaches, Morgan readies for several new exhibitions in places such as San Diego and Basel, Switzerland.
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Waylon is an artist, fabricator, woodworker, foundry nerd, sculptor’s secret weapon, surly head chef, reluctant consultant, canoe builder, bicycle mechanic, devoted trail shredder, retired bluesman, and giver of eternal piggy-back rides working in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned a BFA at East Carolina University (2005) and an MFA at the University of Kentucky (2012). His work deals with ominous themes regarding the importance - in a technologically escalating culture - that humanity remain connected with the past through greater understanding, appreciation, and knowledge of traditional materials and processes. Waylon currently operates a full-time studio and teaches adjunct at Furman University.
Gwen Yen Chiu is focused on abstractions of the human form enhanced with bodily appendages and fantasy prostheses. Her work critiques and mimics human emotion, gesture and interactions. Although featuring cast and fabricated metal at its core, her work orchestrates mixed materials such as fabrics, organics, plastics, coding, etc. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied with Gabriel Akagawa and Daniel Matheson. She now works with multiple foundry/fabrication companies and artists in the Chicago area on large public works, metal and wood fabrication, welding and fitting, mold making, and all aspects of foundry.
Stacey Holloway received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2009 and her BFA from Herron School of Art and Design/IUPUI in 2006. She is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Holloway is an active national installation-based artist and curator that has exhibited throughout the Midwest, South and East Coast. She has received distinguished awards such as the 2017 SECAC Artist’s Fellowship and the 2010 Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.
Derek has a BFA in sculpturefrom the School of the ArtInstitute of Chicago (2010), where he was also employed as a foundry technician. After graduating, he worked at New England Sculpture Service, an art foundry outside Boston, and then with studio blacksmith John Rais in Philadelphia. He currently lives in Montgomery, AL with his wife and one cat, is lead fabricator at Gowan Iron, a local blacksmith company, and runs his own design/build business creating custom furniture.
Jam Lovell earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in Psychology from Illinois State University in 2014, her MA in Visual Art from Eastern Illinois University in 2015, and her MFA in Sculpture from Southern Illinois University in 2018. Currently, Jam is an Adjunct Faculty member at Illinois Central College in East Peoria. Jam is also the co-owner of Black Dog Metal Arts, LLC. in Peoria, IL with her partner, Danny Rohr. Their mission is to bring bronze, aluminum, and iron casting opportunities to the community in Central Illinois.
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Alex “Al” Johnson was born and raised in Macomb, Illinois. After high school, he attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, completing a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography in 2010. During his time at NIU, he gained exposure to sculpture and metal casting, shifting his artistic interests. In 2012, he was accepted into the graduate program at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi in sculpture. After completing his MFA, he accepted his current position at Collin College in Plano, Texas. As the Art Labs Coordinator, he oversees multiple studios in addition to the sculpture and foundry areas