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Stoking the Fires for IRON50

Celebrating the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour
April 15, 2019

There are many events scheduled to celebrate the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour! This post is a landing page with links to all of them.

Meet the Artist: Michał Staszczak
6 - 8pm, Friday April 26 
Jeff Lohaus Studio
Northrup King Building, Dock Entrance 9, 1500 Jackson St. NE Minneapolis 55413
Co-sponsored by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM) as part of their Artist Exchange Program.

Wayne Potratz Archive: Selections from the Collection
Public Reception, Dedication & Talk by Nor Hall, author of "Irons in the Fire"
5pm, Thursday May 2nd
Wilson Library, 4th Floor

Exhibition featuring the iconic t-shirts that document the Iron Pour from its inception to now, and select materials from the Wayne Potratz Archive related to 45 years of the growth of the contemporary movement in cast iron art at the University of Minnesota. The archive is a new acquisition to the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections.

Visiting Artist Talk: Michał Staszczak, Rian Kerrane, James L. Hayes
7pm, Thursday May 2nd
InFlux Auditorium, Regis Center for Art

James L. Hayes, Rian Kerrane and Michał Staszczak will give talks in conjunction with their residency during IRON50, the 50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour and related programs.
Press Release Here

50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour
2 - 6pm, Friday, May 3rd
University of Minnesota Foundry, Regis Center for Art

The public iron pour will feature three international visiting artists, the University of Minnesota foundry class and students from regional art programs. Featured events will include pouring community molds and performances. Participating colleges: Macalester College and Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Iron Pour Performance Projects
7pm, Friday May 3rd
Foundry Courtyard, Regis Center for Art

Hephaestus's Chair - James L. Hayes

The Branding Iron Graffiti Project
(or the housewife at the ironing board) - Rian Kerrane

Fire Performance | Insphyre Performers

Bagpipes | Dennis Skrade

Foundry Tree Photography Session
1 - 5pm, Saturday May 4
Room E134, Regis Center for Art

Conducted by Gabriel Akagawa, Foundry Tree Director. Join the international online Iron-Casting Artists Database by having your picture taken in full leathers or civilian attire. Each person will be added to the website at

50 x 50: UMN Cast Iron Alumni
6 - 9pm, Saturday, May 4
Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art

Join us for a reception to celebrate the 50 x 50: UMN Cast Iron Alumni exhibition in the Quarter Gallery as part of IRON 50, the 50th Anniversary of the University of Minnesota Iron Pour. The exhibition runs May 1-24, 2019.

UMN Foundry: Community Casting
5:30 - 7:30pm, Thursday, May 16
Wilson Library, 4th Floor

Exhibition of work from community workshops by FAIR School & Ubah Medical Academy students, cast during the iron pour.