Letter from Matt Amante

Head Shot2014 is off to an amazing start and I am excited to see what develops with Tri-State this year. Many new faces have taken a more active role in the organization this year (mine included). Speaking on behalf of myself and other new board members, we hope to inject some new energy and ideas into the organization while retaining Tri-State’s core values and intentions. I am excited about the people we are working with and feel that we will be able to collaborate with everyone very well.

The Gathering and Iron Pour at Jim Gallucci’s studio in February was fantastic! The event was filled with great people, positive energy, a successful Iron Pour, good food, and a surprise serenade that no one was expecting! This event also marked the end of the Tri-State Sculptors Exhibition at Center for the Visual Arts in Greensboro. Many thanks to Jim, Jo, and his whole crew for helping out and making this such a great event. The morning after the Iron Pour, a board meeting was held in Greensboro. Among other things, elections were made, and Scholarships were decided upon. This year Tri-State Sculptors is giving 3 Scholarships instead of 2. Congrats to the Graduate recipient Aisling Millar McDonald from ECU, and the two Undergraduate recipients Jordan Parah from ECU and Ally Favory of UNCW. As for the Board, it was decided that I will move from Vice President to President, Bob York is our new Vice President, Austin Sheppard is our new Treasurer, and Andy Denton is our new Secretary.

The annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir will be on Saturday, September 6th. The Tri-State Conference for 2015 is in the process of being planned at the University of North Carolina Wilminton and Cape Fear Community College. Thanks to Andi Steele and Breta Cecile Carnes for taking the lead on this. I hope to see everyone at these events.

I feel that we have a great group of people working together here and we can make some interesting things happen. Personally, I want to thank the members of Tri-State for entrusting some of us new guys with leadership positions in the organization. We hope to continue to grow the organization, and we appreciate any guidance that long time members can offer along the way.

~Matt Amante




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