Pattern and Void

January 22 - June 26, 2020

Since its founding in1985, the Sloss Metal Arts program has offered workshops, exhibitions, and conferences on all aspects of metal working but focuses primarily on the use of cast iron as a sculpture medium. This exhibition features sculpture created by a group of talented artists working out of Sloss Furnaces and the Sloss Metal Arts program.

In addition to Sloss Metal Arts, open studios and artist residencies give a regional audience of professional artists access to the foundry facilities needed to cast their own work, while regular sculpture workshops in casting, welding and forging are designed for people with no metal work experience. The Sloss Metal Arts portable foundry travels to locations all over the state bringing introductory casting activities and iron pour demos to children and adults at festivals, museums, universities and more.

Participating artists include Adam Bodine, Marshall Christie, Ira Hill, Heather Holmes, Katie Palmer, Ian Skinner, Savannah Smith, Holly McCreary, Joe McCreary, Ajene Williams, and Ashley Wingo.

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Joe McCreary, Shelf, 2017, Cast bronze

Iron Pour and Workshop
Saturday, February 27, 2020

Wiregrass Museum of Art and Landmark Park will partner to bring Sloss Metal Arts to the Wiregrass for an Iron Pour. A demonstration and workshop will be held at Landmark Park.

Participants will make a 3.75”X3.75” scratch block tile, with the help of Sloss Metal Arts artists. Cost is $10 materials fee plus gate fee ($4 for adults, $3 for kids, and free for park members). Registration and prepaid materials fee required. To ensure social distancing, space is limited, and participants will register in 30 minute blocks (between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.) of 20 people in each block. Visit to register.

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This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Featured Above: Sloss Metal Arts participants pouring iron at Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Ala

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

Email Educator Amanda Holcomb

Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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