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Jon Whitfill’s Re-Cap of 2015 TxSS on Bowerbird


Jon Whitfill has written a detailed re-cap of the 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium.  Read about it on the (new) Bowerbird blog site (here).

February 19, 2015   Comments Off on Jon Whitfill’s Re-Cap of 2015 TxSS on Bowerbird


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Register Now: (Registration Form Here).

November 13, 2014   Comments Off on REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2015 TEXAS SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM

Joe Meiser and Kinetic Artwork at 2015 TxSS


“Transcribing-Transposing,” 2010, dimensions variable, fabric, motors, translucent paper, and other materials.

JOE MEISER, multi-media sculptor and assistant professor of art and art history at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, will be one of the featured speakers during the 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium (2015 TxSS).  His installation Transcribing-Transposing will be exhibited in the Studio Gallery of the Texas Tech School of Art building during the Symposium.

Meiser photoMeiser investigates the limited and often flawed nature of our human perceptions, the manner in which our bodies direct our experience of the world, and our human compulsion to create narratives. Meiser constructs object-based representational sculpture, installations, kinetic works, and also utilizes time-based media.

September 23, 2014   Comments Off on Joe Meiser and Kinetic Artwork at 2015 TxSS

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium – January 30-February 1, 2015

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August 29, 2014   Comments Off on SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Texas Sculpture Symposium – January 30-February 1, 2015

2012 Texas Sculpture Symposium

Attention all Texas Sculptors

2012 Texas Sculpture Symposium – San Angelo, Texas

October 26 & 27, 2012

Presented by The Sculpture Network of Texas in collaboration with San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts and the First Annual Salmon Sculpture Competition, Angelo State University Department of Art & Music, and Texas Tech University School of Art.

REGISTRATION FORM:  This year’s Symposium is FREE courtesy of the Sculpture Network of Texas with completed Registration Form (all you have to cover is travel, lodging and some meals).

Pre-Register now to receive a Symposium Badge which provides you free lunch on Saturday, access to the Symposium Attendee Sculpture Show and Reception Saturday afternoon, and a ticket to the Saturday night BBQ.

SYMPOSIUM HOTEL:   A block of rooms reserved at Inn of the Conchos, 325-658-2811, at $99.95 per night (double occupancy). Please call and book by the end of the day on October 12.  Other hotels in San Angelo might have lower rates – but Reserve Your Rooms NOW!  (A roping competition that same weekend is expected to have all the rooms in town sold out quickly.)

ATTENDEE EXHIBITION:  As in the past, Symposium attendees are invited to bring a small portable sculpture (“that you can carry under your arm” – about 12x12x12 inches) for an Attendee Exhibition.  The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts has generously provided their COOP Gallery for display of these works.  Reception for this exhibition will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Saturday.


Friday, October 26th

9:00 am – 5:00 pm  Symposium Speaker Sessions on  Angelo State campus

5:30 – 9:00 pm  Opening Reception and Party for Salmon Sculpture Competition at San Angelo Sunken Garden Park

Saturday, October 27th

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Iron Pour – Texas Atomic Iron Commission, Old Chicken Art Farm Center

10:00 am – 4:00 pm Stone Workshop – Jesús Moroles, Old Chicken Art Farm Center

10:00 am – 4:00 pm “The Great Reveal” – unveiling of mosaic sculptures throughout San Angelo [student volunteer opportunities available]

2:00 – 3:30 pm Installation of Symposium Attendee sculpture show at COOP Gallery and other Coates Avenue Galleries

4:00 – 6:00 pm Reception for Symposium Attendee Sculpture Show, COOP Gallery

6:30 pm – till done  Symposium BBQ, Old Chicken Farm Art Center

See Detailed Symposium Schedule

Send in Registration Form by October 17th.

October 2, 2012   Comments Off on 2012 Texas Sculpture Symposium


Friday, November 4th

12:00-5:00 pm: Registration, ARC Complex, Tyler
6:00-8:00 pm: Opening comments and keynote speaker John Van Alstine
8:00 pm – Later: Gathering on the Tyler downtown Square for networking.

Saturday, November 5th

9:00-10:15 am: Kurt Dyrhaug on Franconia Sculpture Park and Residency.
10:30 am-noon: Community Art Spaces.  Les Bruning.
Noon-1:30 pm: Lunch. (A list of several local spots will be provided).
1:30-3:00 pm: Performance Art Panel.  Ken Little and Mat Kubo
3:00-6:00 pm: Iron Pour by the Texas Atomic Iron Commission
6:00 pm – Later: Convene to Stanley’s Famous Barbeque for dinner and music.

Sunday, November 6th

9:00-10:30 am: Closing Speaker, Fred Tschida
10:30-11:30 am: SNTX Business Meeting

October 17, 2011   Comments Off on TEXAS SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Register Now for Texas Sculpture Symposium

Register Now for this year’s Texas Sculpture Symposium!

November 4-6, 2011 at The University of Texas at Tyler.  Go to the Symposium website for full details and Registration Form.

SUBMIT NOW for your opportunity to exhibit in one of TWO sculpture exhibitions to be organized by the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Texas at Tyler during the 2011 Texas Sculpture Symposium.

Deadline for sculpture submission has been extended to October 13th (postmark date).

For additional information about the exhibits or Symporium, contact Symposium Chair, Dewane Hughes (Associate Professor, UT-Tyler) at 903-565-5510 or

John Van Alstine (Keynote Speaker), "Cardinalis" at Indianapolis Airport.

September 28, 2011   Comments Off on Register Now for Texas Sculpture Symposium

2010 Texas Sculpture Symposium Re-cap

Nearly seventy persons from around the State ventured north to Lubbock to participate in the two-day 2010 Texas Sculpture Symposium, this past weekend, November 12th – 14th.  Titled “It’s Not Academic:  The Profession Outside the University,” the symposium featured talks and an exhibition by five artists, Robert Strini, Danville Chadbourne, Frances Bagley, Tom Orr and Jesús Moroles, who have developed careers working outside the academic setting.

Sunday’s session closed with a business meeting of The Sculpture Network of Texas (TSNT).  The first item of business was electing officers for 2011.  The elected officers are as follows:
President: Dewane Hughes, University of Texas – Tyler
Vice President: Howard Taylor, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Secretary/Treasurer: Joe Arredondo, Texas Tech University

Dewane Hughes then reported on preparations for the 2011 Symposium, stating that he is receiving plenty of local support for the event and suggesting that several exhibitions are being planned – details to be forthcoming.  Hughes also said that he would be forming a steering committee to guide the program development for next year’s symposium and he invited interested parties to contact him (

A resolution was made, seconded, and approved unanimously to move the Symposium dates into October .  Hughes said he would gather input from sculptors around the state to determine which weekend in October to stage next year’s symposium.

General discussion ensued about increasing visibility for TSNT.  Arredondo mentioned the presence of this TSNT blog-site and invited regional representatives to become “authors.” Stacy Tompkins volunteered to be an author from the Wichita Falls area and will also look into establishing a website for the organization.

In closing Arredondo mentioned that as of the 2009 Symposium general meeting, TSNT has effected a moratorium on charging annual membership dues, since the only service TSNT currently provides is the annual Symposium. Instead ALL Texas sculptors will be considered active members and notified of future Symposia.

Below are some of the highlights in pictures and captions.

Friday, November 12th:

Robert Strini visits with students before delivering Keynote Address in the LHUCA Firehouse.

Danville Chadbourne was the featured artist for the Symposium with the presentation of Chadbourne's "Retrospective Part 1: Artist's Collection 1980-2009" in the main LHUCA exhibit hall.

Steve Teeters and Texas Bronze held an after hours party for the group on Friday evening.

Saturday, November 13th

Dallas based Frances Bagley started the Saturday morning sessions with a talk about her work.

Tom Orr followed with a discussion of his visually phenomenlogically based sculptures.

Bagley and Orr then talked about project collaborations as a husband and wife team.

Danville Chadbourne ended the morning sessions with a forty-minute conversation about his forty year career in sculpture.

Saturday afternoon was devoted to the bronze and aluminum pours at the Foundry. Robert Strini delivered a virtual demonstration of woodworking techniques with slides and videos in the Art building.

Sunday, November 14th

Jesús Moroles delivered the closing keynote address, providing eye-poping statistics on the hundreds of tons of sculpture he works with annually.

All photos courtesy of Ryan Borg.

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November 17, 2010   2 Comments