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St. Catherine University professor named co-director of international conference in Latvia

Associate Professor Tamsie Ringler (center) and students, Sharita Dickerson '14 (left) and Tavia VanZuilen '16.
Associate Professor Tamsie Ringler (center) and students, Sharita Dickerson '14 (left) and Tavia VanZuilen '16.
Photo by Julie Michener.

St. Catherine University Associate Professor of Sculpture Tamsie Ringler is a co-director of the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) that will be held in Pedvale, Latvia from June 19–23. Ringler will be collaborating with Ojars Feldbergs, director and founder of the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum.

She has also been invited to participate in the 2014 Creative Season at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum as a sculptor in the Iron.Stone Symposium. The focus of the symposium is the creation of large-scale works by internationally recognized sculptors working in iron and stone.

Ringler joins six other selected artists (five from the U.S. and one from Belarus) who will work in the studio at Pedvale prior to the conference. The symposium will culminate in an opening celebration during the 7th ICCCIA and the exhibition of six new works permanently exhibited at the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum.

Two students will join Ringler as research assistants. Funding has been provided through a University Academic Professional Development Committee (APDC) Research and Scholarly Activities Grant, a St. Catherine University Travel Grant, an Internationalization Committee Grant and the Starseed Foundation, Sandy, OR.

Ringler and her students will be posting updates at the University’s Global Studies Facebook page.

More about conference

The theme of this, the seventh conference: "Coal•essence: Iron forming art, ritual and landscape," emphasizes the integration of iron sculpture into the landscape and the realization of iron-based ritual performance art projects during the summer solstice celebration, a national holiday in Latvia.

Attracting artists, educators and students from around the world, the ICCCIA was created to explore aesthetic and technical questions related to sculptural iron casting and to share information about the practice of contemporary cast iron sculpture as well as technological advances in materials and processes.

In the midst of a year-long celebration as the European Union Capital of Culture for 2014, Latvia is renowned for its visual and folk design.

The First International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art was held in 1988 at the Sloss Furnace National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, AL. It was organized by Thomas Gipe, professor emeritus, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, and Wayne E. Potratz, professor, University of Minnesota.

Six successive conferences, occurring once every four years, have delved into the scope, history and aesthetic possibilities of the medium to the creative practice of contemporary artists.

May 22, 2014 by Julie Michener

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