MFA, Iron Conference and More…

Cast Iron Conference:

The University of Montana and the School of Art are excited to host the 2010 Western Cast Iron Conference!  The event is being coordinated by Sculpture Professor Brad Allen.

Registration for students is only $50 prior to the conference.  $75 on May 3rd.

Print off the registration document online, fill it in, and mail that and a check (made out to WCIAA –or- Western Cast Iron Art Alliance) to:

Brad Allen (WCIAC)

2307 W. Summit Dr.

Missoula, MT  59803

Without Registering you can:

-Attend the exhibitions at MMAC, MAM, Tsunami Gallery, and more!

-Attend the Keynote Address in the UC Theater on Thursday May 6th at 7:30

-Attend the Production Pour on Friday May 7th at 10 am

-Come see Drive-by-Press at the Sculpture Courtyard on Friday

-Come to the Sundown Performance Pour at Rock Creek Lodge on Saturday, May 8th at dusk, $10 at the gate.

Registration gets you:

-All the above, plus early admittance on Monday May 3rd with:

-Access to view/record demonstrations (see website)

-Access to view workshops  (see website)

-Access to take workshops and make iron castings(you pay only material fee)

-Participate in actual iron pours at 2 different sites

-Entry to the Student Cupola Pour and Sundown Performance Pour at Rock Creek Lodge on Saturday May 8th

-Free tent camping at Rock Creek Lodge that night!

Workshops include:

-Sand Mold Workshop with Brad Allen and assistant Jose Chavez

-Ceramic Shell Workshop with Kendall Mingey and assistant Kendra McKlosky

-Pattern Workshop with Jim Wade and assistant Tor Mortenson

Workshop castings will be displayed in front of the MAM the same day for First Friday!

Demonstrations include:

-Enamel and Patina on Iron by David Lobdell

-Bed Sand and Bot Mixtures by Jim Wade

-Laying Bed Coke by David Jones

-Laying Beds for the Continuous Furnace by Tobias Flores

Contact Brad if you want to sport a UM T-shirt during the conference, $10. Limited availability after May 1st.


The School of Art is happy to announce the Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibitions of Cathryn Sugg and Rebecca Weed!  The joint exhibition opens on April 29 in the Gallery of Visual Arts and runs until May 14th.  An opening reception will take place on Thursday, April 29th from 5-7pm.  Come meet the artists and enjoy snacks as you view the wonderful images that represent the Senior Theses of these amazing students!


The School of Art is excited to have the talented individuals responsible for Drive by Press on campus for demonstrations, workshops and screen printing.  Check out the schedule:


Nick Alley & Ryan O’Malley

May 5th – 7th, 2010

Wednesday, May 5
8-10 am FA 403

Printmaking Studio

Lecture on History of Drive by Press
10-noon FA 403

Printmaking Studio

Relief Demo: Citri Strip

Print Collection open session.

Noon-2:00 In front of Fine Arts Building. Drive By Press T-Shirt

Printing Session

2-4:00 FA 403

Printmaking Studio

Discussion on Drive By Press

Print Collection open session.

Thursday, May 6
10-noon FA 403

Printmaking Studio

Noon-2:00 In front of Fine Arts Building. Drive By Press T-Shirt Printing Session
4-5:00 FA 403

Printmaking Studio

Lecture on History of Drive By Press
Friday, May 7
Noon-2 Drive By Press Printing Session At the Art Annex in conjunction with the Iron Pour.

They will be printing T-shirts and prints for sale.


The 2010 academic year is fast coming to a close, which means commencement is right around the corner!  The College of Visual Arts will hold its ceremony for Art, Theater and Music students at 11.30am on Saturday, May 15th in the Montana Theatre (PAR-TV Building).  Click HERE for more info, or contact the School of Art at 243.4181.  Congratulations to all the graduates and their families!