Sculpture X Symposium 2017: Value Added
The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History along side Wayne State University will host the SculptureX 2017 Symposium. This years Symposium is co-sponsored by the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and Saginaw Valley State University.
This Symposium will feature two headlining speakers; various panel presentations; professional development, speaking, and exhibition opportunities for sculpture and extended media students; numerous exhibitions which will take place both on and off Wayne State’s campus; networking opportunities for students, faculty, and artists.
John Douglas Powers: An associate professor of sculpture, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he received his M.F.A in sculpture (with distinction) from The University of Georgia and a B.A. in art history from Vanderbilt University. Powers’ work has been featured in The New York Times World Sculpture News, Sculpture Magazine, Art Forum, The Huffington Post, Art in America, The Boston Globe, and on CBS News Sunday Morning. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the 2013 Virginia A Groot Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant and SECAC Artist Fellowship, as well as one of our own W2S 2015 artists.
Tom Williams: An assistant professor of art history at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, Nashville, TN. om Williams is a graduate of Stony Brook University and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, New York University, and Vanderbilt University. His writings have appeared in Art in America, Grey Room, and other publications. Since 2013, he has been co-facilitating the art workshop in Unit 2 (the Death Row unit) of the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution. In 2015, he co-curated Life After Death and Elsewhere, an exhibition of memorial projects by men on death row, at apexart in New York City.
Wayne State University – Student Center 5221 Gullen Mall Detroit, MI 48202 (313) 577-4585
Friday October 13th:
12PM Registration Opens
2-4PM Sculpture Studio & Foundry Open Houses
5-6PM Keynote Presentation by Tom Williams
6-10PM Exhibition Reception Tour
Saturday October 14th:
8:30AM Registration Opens
9-11AM Professional Development Sessions
11:15AM-12:15PM Lightning Round Presentations
12:15-1:15PM Lunch on Own
1:30-2:30PM Keynote Presentation by John Douglas Powers
3-4PM Panels 1 & 2
4:30-5:30PM Panels 3 & 4
Student Pre-Registration Programming
Student Professional Development Sessions
Students must pre-register for this event (sign-up available via online registration). During the Professional Development Review Session, students will meet one-on-one with a university faculty member, other than one from their own university, to review and discuss the student’s work and future direction. Participating in a session will give the student a different perspective in addition to their current. Each session will be 20 minutes in length and only one time slot will be allotted per student.
Lightning Round Presentations
Students must pre-register for this event (sign-up available via online registration). Students will have the opportunity to present a 5-minute presentation of their current work, which will consist of an opening statement, a presentation, and a closing thought. There will be no question and answer to follow. Presentations must be stored on a thumb drive that is Mac and PC compatible.
Call For Session Proposals
The WSU symposium committee invites you to submit session proposals that relate to current topics in sculpture, such as: Placemaking, Collaboration, Public Art, Sustainability, Curatorial Practice, and so forth. Up to four sessions will be selected for presentation on Saturday, October 14, 2017. The deadline for session proposals is March 31, 2017. Selections will be announced on April 14, 2017. Submissions will be accepted starting on October 15, 2016. Click Here for Session Proposal forms.
Call For Presenters
Once sessions have been selected, chairs may wish to place a Call for Presenters to find panelists for his/her session. On or after May 8, 2017.
Call For Mentors
Consider being a mentor for the Professional Development Review Sessions which are an important part of this SculptureX Symposium. During the sessions, sculpture and extended media students meet one-on-one with a professional mentor from an institution, other than their own, to review and discuss the student’s current work and to offer a fresh perspective on it. Each session is a timed 20 minutes with a 5 minute break in between. The total time commitment to mentor is 2 hours. If you are interested in being a mentor, or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call For Art (Coming Soon – Links Not Yet Open):
More Information & Registration
More information and registration can be found on the SculptureX Symposium Website here