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Bronze Symposium – Symposium Highlights

October 13-26, 2013

Four national and area artists participated in a small abstract Bronze Sculpture Symposium that took place on the campus of Antioch College from October 13 to 26. Featuring an ancient practice – bronze casting – dating back thousands of years, but rarely seen, the symposium engaged and educated community members, students, and visitors from Yellow Springs and the surrounding Greater Miami Valley. All were invited to observe the artists at work during the day, and attend a free evening series of related lectures and presentations that culminated in a dramatic pouring of molten bronze at sunset on Saturday, October 26. The pour was supervised by Austin sculptor and foundry chief Bernie Carreno.

Why bronze? Why now? Utilizing a very traditional medium, this symposium challenges the artists (selected after being scored by a national jury) to reimagine bronze in a contemporary discussion about its sculptural potential. Each artist created three small abstracts to be cast and installed in 2014 on a Bronze Sculpture Trail in downtown Yellow Springs – the first of its kind in the area. In addition, a limited edition of bronze sculptures will be available for purchase.

Following the Bronze Symposium, an educational partnership with the Yellow Springs schools and the City of Kettering will sponsor aluminum pours for their students, utilizing relief sand molds. All events of the National Bronze Sculpture Symposium were supported in part by awards from the Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Yellow Springs Community Foundation. The Symposium was a Yellow Springs Experience, produced by the Yellow Springs Arts Council in collaboration with other creative community partners.

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