Artists and creatives will share entrepreurial secrets to success

Posted on January 28, 2015

Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference

Artists and creative professionals will share secrets to success in the arts at UNCG’s Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference on Feb. 21, 2015, at UNCG’s EUC. Through presentations and workshops, the event invites artists, art organizations, creative producers and students to connect and collaborate around opportunities and strategies for making a living from your passion.

The full event schedule, list of speakers and registration may be found at

As a pre-conference event for the Southern Entrepreneurship in the Arts Conference, sculptor and former UNCG art instructor Jim Gallucci will host an Iron Pour at his studio located at 499 Industrial Avenue, Greensboro.

The cost to attend the iron pour event is $15; the dinner is an additional $10. Register when you purchase your Conference tickets at

This is a unique opportunity for artists because of the complexity of the process. In the last 50 years artists have rediscovered how to melt iron on a small scale. For example, artists do 25-50 lb. pours, compared to industry (auto, steel) that does 2-3 tons at a time.

The process of melting the metal requires a cupola type furnace. When the furnace is full of molten iron (2700 degrees F) the furnace is tapped and out comes molten iron. It is then caught with a ladle and then taken to the individual molds and poured. There will be plenty of sparks, smoke and excitement.

The molds are generally made of sand or ceramic shell. The material has to be able to take the high temperatures during the pouring process. You will have an opportunity to create your own design in a mold and have a lasting souvenir of the SEA 2015 conference.

Reposted from UNCG Campus Weekly

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