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MSA Talks: An Online Panel Discussion Series

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed artists’ ways of working, thinking, and communicating. In order to make sense of this as a community, the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Board of Directors began an online series of panel discussions during the 2021 lockdown that continues today. Within this series, we present monthly live broadcasts featuring professionals, educators, our members, and more. These panels cover an array of topics that explore and discuss current issues within the field of contemporary sculpture. The panel discussions are live and available free to the public as well as archived for further viewing after the live event.

The six in the series,  A Conversation with 2022 Masters Award Winner: Jennifer Torres, will air September 30th at 8pm EST.  The panel will last 45 minutes and discuss teamwork, favorite projects, failure, and how to support each other and students .


Cassidy Frye, MSA Board Member & past MSA Scholarship winner

Professional Participants:

Jen Torres and Nicole Scannell

To view the discussion please visit the MSA Youtube channel here

Didn't get to participate with the live panel discussion?

You can check out a recording at the MSA Facebook page found here or check out all of MSA's video content on the newly launched Mid-South Sculpture Alliance youtube channel which can be found here 

If you’ve ever considered building an iron furnace, or are curious about how it works this is the panel for you. The fourth panel discussion in the series, Iron Furnace Construction, is a technical discussion. Experts on the topic will share their knowledge of furnace design, operation, and maintenance. The 45 minute discussion was followed by a 30 minute Q&A session selected from the comments section of the live stream.

Marjee-Anne Levine Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) Manager of Operations, Sincere Metal Works Co-Founder and President, Eutectic Arts

Page Burch Master Craftsman Program Coordinator Lecturer of Sculpture School of Art and Design

James D Vanderpool Metal Museum Foundry Operations Manager

Elizabeth Kronfield Professor & Graduate Director, Fine Arts Studio School of Art College of Art & Design Rochester Institute of Technology

Katelyn Gabbard University of Louisville MFA

To view the powerpoint with technical drawings click here

“Tearing Down Monuments,” the second discussion in MSA’s 2020 Online Panel Series, focused on the current protest and removal of sculptural monuments, what can be done with them, and what can replace them. The discussion featured a conversational Q&A format facilitated by our moderator. After 45 minutes the panel answered questions from the audience selected by our announcer. The disucssion was insightful, lively, and dynamic. 

Moderator: Isaac Duncan III

Professional Participants:
Pheonix Savage, Artist, Assistant Professor or At, Tougaloo College
Brayn Massey, Artist, Department Chair & Professor, University Central Arkansas
Miranda Kyle, Chief Curator, Art in the Atlanta Beltline, Arts and Cultural Program Manager
Preston Jackson, Artist, Professor Emeritus, Sculpture Department, School of the Art Instiute of Chicago 
Xaviera Simmons, artist

"WISE during the year of Suffrage," the third discussion in MSA’s 2020 Online Panel Series, will celebrate and give awareness to the participants of the WISE: Women in Sculpture Outdoor Exhibition in the City of Chattanooga that was organized by MSA, as well as teach the greater community about the journey one takes in this field as a female.

The discussion will have a conversational Q&A format facilitated by our moderator. After 45 minutes the panel will answer questions from the audience selected by our announcer. Audience members can ask questions in the comments section of the live stream.

Moderator: Katelyn Kirnie, Public Art Consultant

Janet Austin, Artist and President of Chicago Sculpture International
Aisling Milar McDonald, Artist, Adjunct Professor at the University of North Florida, and Ceramics and Sculpture Instructor at The Foundation Acacdemy
Jaci Willis, Artist
Kristen Tordella-Williams, Artist, Associate Professor at Milsaps College, and Vice President of MSA

The first of this series, “The Online Sculpture Classroom,” was focused on finding innovative ways to teach sculpture online during a time when students may not have access to equipment, tools, or facilities. Professionals shared their experience as current professors and gave our audience innovative ideas on how to navigate teaching sculpture online. MFA student, Nyasha Madamobe joined the panel and provided a student perspective on the successes and challenges of learning sculpture online. The panel will lasted 45 minutes and included a live question and answer section. 

Moderator: Leticia Bajuyo, Associate Professor, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Professional Participants:

Naomi Falk, Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina

Coral Penelope Lambert, Professor of Sculpture, Alfred University

David Marquez, Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University

Nyasha Madamombe, 2020 Dianne Komminsk Scholarship Winner and University of Tennessee Knoxville, MFA Candidate

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