Tri State Sculptors Association

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


Register for the Conference

We are excited to host the 44th Annual Tri State Sculptors Conference here at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC! This year’s theme, “The Shape I’m In,” was inspired by a stray lyric from a country-folk song. We like that it has many interpretations, from the fleshy forms we inhabit to our present mental and emotional states, from the architecture that surrounds us to our resistance to creative fatigue. When we also consider our two keynote speakers, Michaela Pilar Brown and Allan Wexler, the theme also refers to the limitless configurations we embody as artists and seekers navigating our way to the center of the mysteries that keep us going. 

Programming will primarily take place in the lovely Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, and the Goodall Environmental Studies Center in beautiful Glendale Shoals will be our host for the aluminum pour. Our Member exhibition will begin on August 31 and culminate with a reception during the conference. Come join us! Click on the links below to get more information about each opportunity and how to submit your proposals online.


Call for Artist Demonstrations / Workshops, Panel Discussions, or Presentations

APPLY HERE by August 15

Tri State Sculptors invites proposals for anything from studio demonstrations to artist talks and panel discussions. Please fill out the application via the online form available via this link. The conference will primarily be held within the Rosalind S. Richardson Center for the Arts, located centrally on the campus of Wofford College. Opened in 2017, the center contains art studios, a contemporary gallery, an art museum, art history classrooms, a sculpture courtyard, and a theatre.  The art studios consist of 3D foundations, 2D foundations, ceramics, painting, and a digital studio with Makerbot 3D printers. The woodshop is located in a former church on campus and will also be available for demos, but we do not have metalworking facilities on site. Each room has a projector or large screen-tv available for presentations. 

We plan to develop the schedule with events beginning on the hour or the half-hour, so please plan for 20 or 50 minute increments to allow a 10 minute transition between presentations. In your proposal be sure to include what facilities, equipment and/or support will likely be needed for the demonstration/presentation. If you need more info/have questions about the proposals or the venue, please contact Michael Webster, Assistant Professor/Studio Art Coordinator and conference co-host, at webstermd@wofford.edu. Thank you!


Call for Artworks for Member's Exhibition

APPLY HERE by August 1

The 2022 Tri State Sculptors Member Exhibition will consist of indoor and outdoor artworks, installed in the Gallery and the outdoor Sculpture Courtyard in the Rosalind S. Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College. This year the exhibition begins before the conference, in August, and will conclude at the end of the conference. We welcome all forms of sculptural artworks from traditional to experimental, from functional to conceptual, and of materials hard, soft, and digital. Submit via this online form via this Link. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to email your images to sotooa@wofford.edu after you submit the form.

INDOOR GUIDELINES:

•Pedestal pieces must be stable.

•Wall mounted works should weigh no more than 25 lbs. and be ready to hang upon delivery. 

•Floor mounted works must be stable. No weight limit.

•Wofford College and TSS are not responsible for damage to works in transit.

•All participating members will fill out and sign a Loan Agreement documenting their work.

•Depending on the number and size of artworks, some artists may need to provide a pedestal, and you will be notified before delivery.

OUTDOOR GUIDELINES:

The outdoor courtyard does not have truck access, so only small, relatively lightweight artworks are able to be displayed for the outdoor portion of the exhibition.

•Outdoor artwork must be freestanding, stable, and safe because it cannot be anchored to the floor in the courtyard. Artists may bring specialized bases.

•Artwork must be able to fit through our double doors, 84” high x 60” wide.

•Artwork must be able to be installed without the help of a boom truck. A palette jack will be available.

SALE OF WORK: 

Wofford College does not facilitate the sale of artwork, but artists may select the option to list a sale price and to have their contact information shared with any inquisitive potential buyers. Artists will keep 100% of their sale price since Wofford College would not be involved in the transaction.

INSURANCE: 

Wofford College will provide fine arts insurance for the work(s) unless such coverage is declined, and the Lender’s insurance is elected in place.  If the Lender chooses to maintain insurance, provide a Certificate of the Insurance to the College.

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

•Each member can submit up to 2 works, 1 of which will be selected to be exhibited. This decision will be made based on the available display space.

•Fill out the application.

•Images should be in JPEG format no larger than 10MB each, with only one or two views per artwork. Please make sure your photography is clear.

•Submit via this online form via this Link. If you do not have a Google account, you will need to email your images to sotooa@wofford.edu after you submit the form.

CALENDAR:

Deadline Extended!!!  Applications and images now due: August 1, 2022

Artwork Delivery: Shipped work must arrive by August 20. Must include prepaid return postage or plan to pick up on dates set below. Hand delivered work must arrive between August 20-24 between 10am-5pm.

Artwork Pick-up: Sunday, October 9th

Alternative arrangements may be possible by contacting Wofford Studio Manager and Conference Co-Host Oscar Soto at sotooa@wofford.edu. Thank you!


Accommodations

The conference hotel is the Comfort Suites at Westgate Mall, Spartanburg, SC, about 10 minutes drive from Wofford College. Single rooms are $109/night and double rooms are $119/night, just ask for the Tri State Sculptors Conference rate when making your reservation, or book online through this link. Be sure to make your reservation before the cut-off date on September 23.


Comfort Suites - Westgate Mall

458 W Blackstock Rd

Spartanburg, SC 29301

864-699-6700


The AC Hotel in downtown Spartanburg is a short 15 minute walk from campus. We did not hold any rooms at the AC Hotel for this conference, but if you are looking for a more expensive option for proximity to restaurants and nightlife, this is the place. The lobby boasts a permanent exhibition the Johnson Collection of Black Mountain College art, so it is worth a visit just to see the artwork. Don't miss the small Ruth Asawa piece by the elevators!


Camping is available at Croft State Park, located about 20 minutes drive from Wofford College. View rates and available campsites via this link. Reservations are required and campsites fill early.


Friday Keynote

Michaela Pilar Brown is an image and object maker, a multidisciplinary artist using photography, installation and performance. She studied sculpture and art history at Howard University. Brown’s installations, collage and photographs address issues attendant to the black body. She uses nontraditional materials and their juxtaposition to each other, and or dissimilar objects to make statements about the body and its relationship to larger cultural themes of age, gender, race, sexuality, history, and violence. Her work considers memory, myth, ritual, desire and the spaces the body occupies within these vignettes. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in North and South Carolina, New York, Georgia, Washington, DC, California, Germany and Canada, and participated in 2016 Satellite Art Fair, Basel Miami. 

Brown was the 2011 Harvey B. Gantt Artist in Residence at the McColl Center for Art and Innovation, an artist Grant recipient at the Studio Center of Vermont, and an Artist Venture Grant recipient of the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is the 2016 Jasper Projects Artists of the Year, one of the six American artists selected to participate as a Resident Artist for OPEN IMMERSION: A VR CREATIVE DOC LAB produced by the CFC Media Lab, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and and JustFilms | Ford Foundation, an Inaugural Resident Artist at the 2016 Sedona Summer Colony and a 2016 Artist in Residence, Kunstlerwerkgemeinschaft, Kaiserslautern, Germany.


Saturday Keynote

Allan Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design, and fine art for forty-five years. He works as an investigator using series, permutations, and chance rather than searching for definitive solutions. He makes buildings, furniture, vessels, and utensils as backdrops and props for everyday, ordinary human activity. The works isolate, elevate, and monumentalize our daily rituals: dining, sleeping, and bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanisms that activate ritual, ceremony, and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater.

Allan Wexler is represented by Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City and has exhibited, taught, and lectured internationally.  Currently, he teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, a Guggenheim Fellow, winner of the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation, and the Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum. His solo exhibitions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, and the Jewish Museum.  The installation Social Contracts: Choreographing Interactions was included in the 2021 Venice Biennale of Architecture. His monograph, “Allan Wexler: Absurd Thinking Between Art and Design” was published by Lars Muller Publications, Zurich in 2017.

Michaela Pilar Brown, She's Almost Ready, 2018

Allan Wexler, Interchange Chair, 2008


Schedule

Thursday, October 6

-Afternoon/Evening Check-in & Registration

-Scratch block molds available

-Evening self-guided tour of Spartanburg Art


Friday, October 7

-Check In & Registration

-All Day Presentations and Demos

-7PM: Keynote Speaker Michaela Pilar Brown

-8PM: Exhibition Reception


Saturday, October 8

-Check In & Registration

-All Day Presentations and Demos

-3-6PM: Aluminum Pour at Glendale Shoals

-7PM: Keynote Speaker Allan Wexler


Sunday, October 9

-9AM-Noon: Tri State Sculptors Board Meeting

Tristate Sculptors Education Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

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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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