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Community School of the Arts open house features steel sculpture

December 2, 2013

Indiana State University's Community School of the Arts (CSA) will host an open house from 4 - 5:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, on campus at the Turman Art Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, 649 Chestnut Street.

The open house will present an opportunity to meet the teachers, learn more about spring 2014 offerings, and register for classes and private music lessons. On display in the Turman Gallery will be artwork created by adult students participating in "Metal Sculpture" and "Digital Photography" classes and children participating in "Saturday Art Day". There will be a special performance by the "Terre Haute Guitar Club", and guests can enter a drawing to win a free spring arts class.

The three-dimensional work on display at the Turman is created by participants of the "Metal Sculpture" class. Taught by Mike Egy, the class is for beginning to intermediate level students. No prior sculpture or welding experience is necessary. The emphasis of this class is the exploration of three-dimensional form. Students learn how monumental sculpture is produced through the creation of small-scale models, also called "maquettes." Students are introduced to the fundamental techniques of welding, cutting, grinding and shaping of steel to produce works of art.

Bruce Fiscus, a participant in the class, had no prior welding experience.

"I wanted to learn how to weld and make metal sculptures. I took away a wealth of knowledge from the class," he said. "I've already started to work on other pieces and plan to retake the class in the spring. It advanced me as an artist, and I feel that Mike (the instructor) opened new venues in my art education."

The upcoming "Metal Sculpture" class runs on Saturdays from Feb. 1-April 12, from noon - 3 p.m.

The Community School of the Arts is funded through the Unbounded Possibilities initiative. It provides the communities of the Wabash Valley and surrounding areas the opportunity to participate in non-credit classes in music, theater and visual art and private music lessons. Welcoming students of all ages, backgrounds and ability levels the CSA enables citizens to experience professional and affordable instruction in the performing and fine arts. The CSA provides hands-on arts learning experiences for children, youth, and adults in the Wabash Valley while providing Indiana State students who are majoring in the arts outstanding opportunities for experiential learning through assistant teaching.

For more information about programs offered by the Community School of the Arts or to enroll, contact Crystal Myers at 812-237-2528 or Petra Nyendick at 812-237-2575 or visit the web site .


Contact: Petra Nyendick, director of Community School of the Arts, Indiana State University, 812-237-2575,