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Three Alfred University students join apprenticeship program hosted jointly by Casting Center, Urban Art Projects

Three Alfred University students in the School of Art and Design + Performing Arts Division have been selected for an inaugural apprenticeship program hosted jointly by Urban Art Projects and Alfred University’s National Casting Center Foundry.

The students: Arielle Atmosfera, a fourth-year BFA student in Sculpture Dimensional Studies; Patrick Gelen, a fourth-year student, Sculpture Dimensional Studies; and Heidi Mortensen, a first-year MFA student; Sculpture Dimensional Studies.

Atmosfera, Gelen, and Mortensen will be part of a two-month apprenticeship program in which they gain hands-on experience in a variety of public art projects and foundry practices at UAP’s facility in the Hudson Valley. The students will join other artists, designers and makers involved in the large-scale production of art and metal casting.

Alfred University’s National Casting Center Foundry is part of the University’s School of Art and Design and comprises two comprehensive facilities: one specializing in metal casting and the other in glass casting. Courses are taught extensively in both areas from the second-year undergraduate level through the graduate level.

Urban Art Projects was established in 1993 as a studio and workshop that would support art projects, work with artists, and realize art for the public realm. Now an international organization, UAP operates facilities in major cities including Shanghai, Brisbane, and Riyadh.