Wayne E Potratz

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Contact Me

potra001@umn.edu


Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.S.: Art Education, Macalester College, 1964.
  • M.A.: Sculpture, University of California, Berkeley, 1966.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • ancient metal casting techniques
  • metal casting of bronze, iron, and alumninum
  • sculpture
  • Steelmaking using the Japanese Tatara; Steelmaking using the Wootz Process
Courses Taught
  • ArtS 1301 - Sculpture
  • Freshman Seminar
  • Arts 3390/5390 - Sculpture Methods and Practice
  • ArtS 3303 - Sculpture: Metalcasting
  • Arts 3390/5390 Sculpture Methods and Practices
  • ArtS 3444 - Major Project
  • ArtS 5330 - Advanced Sculpture: Metal Casting
  • ArtS 5441 - Professional Practices
  • ArtS 5990 - Independent Study in Art
  • ArtS 5490 - Workshop: Visiting Artists
  • ArtS 8300 - Sculpture Seminar
  • Arts 5570 - Advanced Sculpture: Traditional Approaches
  • Artts 3307 - Sculpture: Traditional Approaches
  • Arts 5490 - Workshop: Low Tech and Traditional Metalcasting of Sculpture
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Steering Committee, 7th International Comnference on Contemporary cast iron Art: Pedvale, Latvia , July 2012 - June 30, 2014
  • Scholar of the College: 2008 - 2011
  • President: Mid-America College Art Association , 2002 - 2004
  • Advisor: 4th [2002] and 3rd [1998] International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art:
  • Advisor: 5th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art, 2006: Founder of the Conference [with Prof Em. Thomas Gipe, SIUE Edwardsville IL] in 1988
  • Vice President for Continuity, Mid America College Art Association: 2004 - 2006
  • Iron Panel Chair: Mid America College Art Association Conference, University of Nebraska-Lincoln , October 2, 2002 - October 6, 2002
  • Chair: Department of Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN , 1985 - 1998
  • Distinguished Teaching Award Committee CAA: 2003 - 2006
  • Chair: Steering Committee, "Interplay" Conference , October 6, 2004 - October 9, 2004

Research

  • Metal casting: Metal casting of sculpture; patination of metals; ancient, historical, and low-tech methods of metal casting
  • Iron Smelting: Traditional Japanese Tatara Iron Smelting; Steelmaking using the Indian Wootz process, 2001
  • Metal Casting: Imagine Grant for Bronze Age Research in Ireland, $5000, April/May 2012
  • Metal Smelting: Imagine Grant for travel to and particpation in the Niimi City Medieval Tatara Festival, U of MN, $5000, November, 2011
  • Copper Ingot Reeseach: Imagine Grant for travel to Bodrum, Turkey, U of MN, $4000, April 2010
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, University of Minnesota Graduate School: Tatara Project, research visit of Akira Kihara, 2004

Outreach

  • Minnesota Citizen for the Arts:
  • Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts:
  • International Sculpture Center:

Creative

  • "Noreaster", invited national group exhibition, Burchfield Penney Art Center from November 9, 2012 - January 29, 2013. ,
  • “Iron Olympics“, invited national group exhibition, SAW [Salem Art Works], Salem, NY, June 23- August 1,. 2012:
  • “Post Industrial Iron“, juried national group exhibition, [Juried by Vaughn Randell], AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA, June 2-25; Traveled to Dowd Gallery at SUNY Cortland, Aug 29-Oct 14, 2011:
  • “2011 NCCIA Exhibition“ juried group exhibition [in conjunction with the National Conference on Cast Iron Art] juried by Leila Hamden, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Birmingham, AL, April 12-16, 2011,
  • “National Exhibition of Cast Iron Art“, juried national group exhibition, Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, MT, May 7th –August 29th, 2010 [in conjunction with the 2nd Western Iron Art Conference]:
  • “Umha Aois“, invited international group exhibition, Ad Lab, Dingle, Ireland, May 2-6, 2012,
  • "Iron Tribe": Invited national group exhibition, New Mexico Highlands University Gallery, Las Vegas, NM, February 28, 2003 - March 31, 2003
  • "On Site at Sloss": Invited national group exhibition, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, Birmingham, AL, January 2004 - August 2005
  • Fusion of East and West“ invited International group exhibition: Luxun Academy of Art, Shenyang, China, May 15-22, 2006
  • “Another Keen Idea“ invited group exhibition, Art Car Museum,: Houston, TX, October 11- Decembe
  • “Kettles- Japanese Artistry and American Artists“, invited international exhibition: Carleton College Art Gallery, Travels to Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Mpls., MN, University Gallery, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and The Metals Museum, Memphis, TN,, January 16 - March 30
  • International group exhibition, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea: Work from Korea, China, and USA, January 7-13, 2005
  • "Iron 2006" and "Cupola Aesthetics" invited international group exhibitions: Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Ironbridge, Telford, UK, April 4-9, 2006
Publications
  • Metaforas Poeticas. Potratz, Wayne, Fundacion Caixa Galicia, Spain/"Expresiones de Soledad Penalta, 1997.
  • The Integration of Research and Teaching in the Visual Arts. Potratz, Wayne, 1988.
  • "Hot Metal". Potratz, Wayne, Turtle Sign Company, 1992 [Revised 5th Ed.
Awards
  • Outstanding Committment and Service Award, Mid-America College Art Association, 2012
  • Scholar of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, 2008
  • McKnight Summer Research Fellowship and Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship for Tatara Project, 2002
  • McKnight Photography Fellowship Program, 1995
  • Asian Cultural Council, award for Tatara Project, 2000
  • Office of International programs and McKnight International Travel Grant for Research in India, February 25, 2006 - April 11, 2006
  • Office of International programs and McKnight International Travel Grant for presentation at "Fusion of East and West" symposium and exhibition, Luxyun Academy, Shenyang, China, May 4, 2006 - May 21, 2006
  • International Sculpture Center, 2013 Outstanding Educator Award