MSA Sculpture Conference: Knoxville 2018

The mentoring groups listed below are inclusive in the conference fee. However, advanced registration is required due to seat limitations. You will need the code sent to you in your conference registration acknowledgement email in order to register. 


Small Group Mentoring
Thursday, October 4th 11:00-12:30
UTK Arts & Architecture Building Rm 103

Student mentoring workshops will be an opportunity for students and your professionals to learn tricks of the trade from established sculptors (Leticia Bajuyo, Roger Halligan, & Ray Katz) in a small peer group format of 5-10 people. Discussions will include best professional practices in the field of Sculpture and advice for creating a career path that is sustainable and successful. Student participants should select a workshop with a mentor based on the background and bio of the lead mentor, so that they are matched with a professional who has experience relevant to their career goals (independent artist/fabricator, academic, etc.). This event is included in the price of the conference, but advance registration is required. 


Leticia Bajuyo  register here

Leticia Bajuyo's sculptures and installations have been exhibited nationally in recent solo exhibitions at K Space  Contemporary in Corpus Christi, Texas; Athens Institute for Contemporary Art (ATHCIA) in Athens, Georgia; Living Arts in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and at Women & Their Work Gallery in Austin, Texas.  Recent international exhibitions include FRAME OF MIND 2016, a Northern Mindanao Contemporary Art exhibit in Mindanao, Philippines and the 2015 IV International From Waste to Art Exhibition at the From Waste to Art Museum in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Bajuyo's Large-scale public art installations in 2016 and 2017 include the Nashville International Airport in Tennessee; the Tony Hillerman Library in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the entrance of the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis; and the Lyon Square outdoor plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

In addition to exhibitions of her individual artwork, Bajuyo is a member of Land Report Collective.  This group of six artists in Wyoming, Tennessee, and Indiana create and exhibit artworks together as they deal with landscape in fundamental ways and as a foundational reference point.  She is also a member of ENID, a collective of female sculptors who gather and exhibit in respect of Louisville native and recognized sculptor Enid Yandell (1869-1934).

A recipient of Hanover College's Daryl R. Karns Award For Scholarly And Creative Activity, a Great Meadows Foundation Professional Development Grant recipient, and a Visual Artists Network Exhibition residency and grant recipient, Bajuyo received her M.F.A. in 2001 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville  and her B.F.A. in 1998 from the University of Notre Dame.  Beginning fall 2017, Bajuyo joined the faculty at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi as an Assistant Professor of Sculpture.  Prior to this professorship in Texas, she served as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Notre Dame and Professor of Art at Hanover College.  

A portfolio of  her work can be seen at  leticiabajuyo.com


Roger Halligan  register here

Roger Halligan has been creating sculpture since the mid nineteen seventies.  He received his MFA with honors in Studio Arts from the University of Georgia in 1977.  After graduation he joined the newly formed Exhibit Design Department at the North Carolina Zoological Park where he was involved in the design and construction of natural habitat exhibits for African and later, North American animals.  He was instrumental in the development of techniques now used at that zoo in its construction of hardscape features such as faux rocks, waterfalls and faux trees.  In 1993 he was awarded the State of North Carolina Governor’s Award for Excellence for his work in the design and construction of the Sonora Desert Exhibit.  He left the zoo in 1992 to devote his time to his fine art.

He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions and has won numerous awards and commissions.  His sculpture is in museum and public collections including the Weatherspoon Museum at UNC-Greensboro, the Maitland Museum in Maitland, FL and the William King Museum in Abington, VA..  Outdoor  public collections include the Kellog Center, UNC- Asheveille in Hendersonville NC, the cities of Carrboro and Raleigh, NC, and Chattanooga, TN.. Other sites include the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cullowhee, and Rock City, Lookout Mt., GA.His work is privately collected and can be seen regularly at the Arts Company Gallery in Nashville, TN.

A portfolio of his work can be found at www.rogerhalligan.com.


Ray Katz register here

Ray Katz was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. He has a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University and an MFA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Ray's passion for sculpture started during his seminal development as an artist. He taught for many years and recently retired from Oakland Community College as a Professor teaching sculpture, drawing, and design. Ray is best known for his large scale metal sculpture but works successfully in a wide range of media and scale. Ray's sculpture is abstract. The manipulation of form in space to create visual balance using rhythm, action, and movement combine to create compositions that convey the implied energy found in his work. Ray has exhibited sculpture publicly and privately throughout the Mid-West, Mid-South, and overseas in Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan. His work can be seen at  raykatzsculptor.com




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