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'Meltdown' at Alfred University foundry to attract faculty, students from 14 colleges
10/23/09

Alfred University students pouring iron during Meltdown

Alfred University students pouring iron during Meltdown

Students and faculty from 14 colleges and universities will “show their mettle” during the third annual “Meltdown” to be held from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the National Casting Center at Alfred University.

Coral Lambert, assistant professor of sculpture in the School of Art & Design at Alfred University, started “Meltdown” three years ago. “It’s becoming quite an institution, and has grown to have a life of its own,” said Lambert. “This year’s ‘Meltdown’ in attracting students and faculty from as far a field as the West Wales School of Art in England, the University of Minnesota and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”

Other schools include Salem Art Works, Buffalo State, University of Maryland-College Park, State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh, SUNY Binghamton, Skidmore College, SUNY Cortland, Union College, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Visiting artists include Andy Griffiths, Wales; Carolyn Ottmers, Illinois; and Christian Benefeil, Maryland.

What’s drawing visitors from other schools, said, Lambert is the fact that the School of Art & Design has “one of the top academic foundry facilities in the nation.” The event, she said, is a nice way for the AU students to showcase their facility, which is located on State Route 21, just outside the Village of Alfred.

The event is open to the public, said Lambert. Pouring of hot metal into molds will begin about noon and continue throughout the afternoon and evening. Last year, Lambert noted, participants cast 120 sculptures, using 3,500 pounds of metal, including iron, aluminum and bronze.

In addition to the pours, weekend events will include “Ferrous Bloom – The Nature of Iron,” an international exhibition of cast iron art at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Harder Hall on the AU campus. An opening reception will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

“All Star Cast,” an exhibition and auction of AU student work, organized by the Alfred Foundry Guild, a new student club, will be held Saturday at the National Casting Center.

Food and drinks will be available throughout the day at the “Hot Spot” at the Foundry, and there will be tee shirts for sale, with proceeds to help students participate in the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, to be held in Wales during summer 2010.

A complete schedule of events is available at http://alfredmeltdown.blo...
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Lambert at 607.871.4727 or by email at lambertc@alfred.edu