On View in Both Galleries:

Iron Maidens

Simone Bizzell-Browning
Sarah Clover
Felicia Glidden
Veronica Glidden
Cynthia Handel
Kate Hobby
Dilys Jackson
Justine Johnson
Mary Johnson
Deborah La Grasse
Coral Lambert
Alison Lochhead
Carrie Phoenix
Tamsie Ringler
Theresa Smith
Julie Ward
September 12 – October 30, 2011

Opening Reception:
September 17, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Read Mary Abbe's Star Tribune Review:
Iron women: 16 female artists who sculpt with iron

Image of Dylis Jackson gasing a mould in her studio.

Iron Maidens showcases the sculptural iron casting of Welsh, English and American women. Inspired by the many established women iron casters from America who were working in Wales and the UK, curator Dilys Jackson organized the show to feature these women along with the iron work of women from the burgeoning UK sculptural iron casting community.

The UK tour of Iron Maidens included exhibitions at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Cwmbran, 2009, Art Central, Barry, 2010 (as part of the Women’s Arts Association Open Exhibition celebrating International Women’s Day), The International Conference of Contemporary Cast Iron Art at Kidwelly Industrial Museum, 2010, The Fire and Iron Gallery, Leatherhead, 2010 (selections), Pontardawe Arts Centre 2011 and the Denbigh Library Gallery, 2011.

Iron Maidens will debut its U.S. tour at the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and then continues on to the Target Gallery at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN.

Panel Discussion: Iron Maidens: Live!
Thursday, September 15, 7 p.m.
Visual Arts Building Lecture Hall
Moderator ⁄ Panelist: Tamsie Ringler
Panelists: Dilys Jackson, Deborah La Grasse, Coral Lambert & Justine Johnson

Dilys Jackson lives in Cardiff and works at the Butetown Artists Studios and Berllanderi Sculpture Workshop. She has traveled and worked across the world and is an elected Associate of The Royal British Society of Sculptors.

Justine Johnson lives and works in Wales/London and is Director of Justine & Juliette Ltd. She has been an invited artist at the UK/US Cast Iron Symposium, Franconia Sculptor Park Hot Metal pour, The Bullpen Foundry, Oxford and Berllanderi Sculpture Workshops, Wales.

Deborah La Grasse has been involved since the conception of the sculptural cast iron movement. She was an apprentice at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, New Jersey and is a Professor of Architecture at Florida A& M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

Born in the UK, Coral Lambert specialized in cast metal sculpture as an International Research Fellow Artist at the University of Minnesota from 95–98 and is currently Professor of Sculpture at Alfred University, New York where she heads up the National Casting Center Foundry.

Tamsie Ringler teaches sculpture at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota and leads the Community + Collaboration Hot Metal Pour at Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota.

Women's Studies & Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity Bag Lunch Discussion Series
Friday, September 16, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, Coeur de Catherine 230, St. Paul campus
How I Became an Iron Maiden Presented by Tamsie Ringler, Assistant Professor of Art/Art History

Professor Ringler will speak on how iron casting transformed her sculpture and introduces the Iron Maidens show on exhibit in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery. Bring your lunch and your friends! Light snacks will be provided. For more information or questions concerning access, disability related accommodations or wish to schedule a sign language interpreter, please contact the Center for Women at (651) 690-6783 or aqmcenterforwomen@stkate.edu.

Lecture and Gallery Tour with Dilys Jackson:
Tuesday, September 20, 7 p.m.
Visual Art Building Lecture Hall & Catherine G. Murphy Gallery
$15, Free with Student ID
This lecture is part of the Lifelong Learning Series.
For information call (651)690-6666 or visit alumnae@stkate.edu.
Lecture: Women Artists of Europe 900 to 1900 or Men Don’t Wear Skirts
How women artists’ works and stories became lost in the sands of history till the New World and the New Art Histories found them again.
Gallery Tour: A Walk Through The Iron Hearts of a Group of US and UK Women Sculptors

Dilys Jackson is one of Wales’ most daring artistic explorers. The book, Dilys Jackson Sculptor, offers an insight into the humanity and passion, which has always informed the making process of her elegant but austere abstractions. Robert MacDonald

Big Art and Big Fun at Franconia Sculpture Park
Saturday, September 24, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Community Collaboration Hot Metal Pour, 12 – 5 p.m.
Iron Maiden artists participating include: Tamsie Ringler, Dilys Jackson and Veronica Glidden
Fall Art Tour Reception:
October 8, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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Iron Maidens is sponsored in part by:

Brecon Arts Trust
The Contemporary Arts Society for Wales
The Gibbs Trust
Wales Arts International

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Free and Open to the Public

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