Tri State Sculptors Association

Promoting public awareness and appreciation for sculpture in the VA, NC, and SC areas


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The 2021 TSS Conference is happening IN PERSON at the ClearWater Arts Center and Studios in Concord, NC with Friday's events scheduled to happen on the campus of UNC Charlotte.  We are looking forward reuniting with friends while sharing, learning and celebrating all-things-sculpture.

Volunteers Needed!!

If you would like to help us out in return for free admission to the conference please complete this form, and contact Karena Graves at KarenaGraves.KG@gmail.com

This Year's Keynote Speaker: 
Stephen Hayes, NC Artist and Duke University Professor


Stephen L. Hayes, Jr. makes art—woodcuts, sculptures, installations small and large—from found materials that draw on social and economic themes ingrained in the history of America and African-Americans. His approach is simple: “If I can’t find it, I’ll make it. If I can’t make it, I’ll find it.”

Hayes grew up in Durham with his older brother, Spence, and his mother, Lender, who were pivotal in shaping and sparking his creative approach. When Hayes was in the first grade, he broke a remote-control car. His brother took it apart and attached the motor to a battery, bringing it back to life. Amazed, Hayes began breaking all kinds of things to see how they worked and what he could create with the pieces. By second grade, his mother had given him a real workbench; she and Hayes’ brother would also bring home abandoned equipment for tinkering. By high school, he learned to crochet.

He went to North Carolina Central University, aiming to transfer to North Carolina State University to study mechanical engineer. Instead, through a friend, he discovered graphic design. His new major led to a ceramics course, where his enthusiasm and skill led to being allowed as much time as he wanted on the wheel. He threw enough pots to develop a strong portfolio, leading to a residency at the acclaimed New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Hayes earned an M.F.A. in sculpture at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. His thesis exhibition, "Cash Crop," has been traveling and exhibiting for nearly a decade.

Frequently in his work, Hayes uses three symbols: a pawn, a corn, and a horse to explore America’s use (or misuse) of black bodies, black minds, and black labor. Artists, he believes, are as much translators as they are creators.

Calls for Conference Content from TSS members

Deadlines For All Calls Has Been Extended to September 15!!  

Send Us Your Stuff!

Call For Presentations

Click the link above to apply

First download the form, then fill it out, then email

Call For Member's Indoor Exhibition

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First download the form, then fill it out, then email



Call For Student Exhibition

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Hotel  Information


Option 1: Group discounted rate is only available through Sept. 21!!

Sleep Inn & Suites at Concord Mills

7821 Gateway Lane, Concord, NC, 28027, US


The link above will take you to their main webpage (for general info); the link below, will take you to our discounted-rate reservation page for Tri State.

Use the link below to book your room. 

There are 20 Queen/ double, and 5 King/ single bed rooms, per night, in this reservation.

The discounted price on rooms at this hotel, is $89 / night, for a standard single King or standard double Queen;

Located near Concord Mills Mall (midway between ClearWater/ Downtown Concord, and UNC-Charlotte campus; also near the NASCAR Speedway and Z-Max drag race course).

Note, the discount booking deadline for this hotel is Sept. 17th.

Any rooms in the reserved block that are not reserved by Sept. 17th will revert to their standard rate.

This hotel IS open to adding any rooms still available, to our block discount reservation if we max it out. Conference attendees should let us know if you try to reserve, but learn that the max # of rooms under the reservation are already taken;  we may be able to still add rooms depending on the date.  Similarly, if you want a different type than is still available (say, a queen /double but only king singles are still left), we may be able to switch out room types.

https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/OJ63A7


Option 2: Group discounted rate is only available through Sept. 25!!

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Concord (Kannapolis), NC

580 Dickens Place NE
Concord, NC 28025

(704) 793-6777


The link above will take you to their main webpage (for general info);

Please call the hotel and book under (Tristate Sculptors Association) to the the discounted rate.

The discounted price on rooms at this hotel, is $115.00/ night, for a standard single King or standard double Queen;

There are 20 Queen/ double, and 7 King/ single bed rooms, per night, in this reservation,

as well as:

7 King suites, and 6 Queen double suites;

... the suites' discounted rate is $130.00 /night.

Located north of Concord, NC's downtown, off Copperfield Ave; just 5 miles from ClearWater and just off I-85 highway.

Note, the discount booking deadline for this hotel is Sept. 15th.

Any rooms in the reserved block that are not reserved by Sept. 15th, will revert to their standard rate.

This hotel IS open to adding any rooms still available, to our block discount reservation if we max it out. Conference attendees should let us know if you try to reserve, but learn that the max # of rooms under the reservation are already taken;  we may be able to still add rooms depending on the date.  Similarly, if you want a different type than is still available (say, a queen /double but only king singles are still left), we may be able to switch out room types.


Campgrounds:

A list of local campgrounds can be found at this web address: https://www.visitcabarrus.com/places-to-stay/campgrounds-rv-parks-cabarrus-county/




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Have Questions?

For questions regarding membership, scholarship applications, or conference planning please contact tssculptors@gmail.com

If you wish to contact a board member directly, visit the member's profile in the directory for more direct links.


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