MSA is an affiliate organization of the International Sculpture Center (ISC). Its membership is open to anyone, anywhere with an interest in and commitment to the field of sculpture - including sculptors, art educators, patrons, collectors, galleries, suppliers, architects, developers, journalists, critics, historians, curators and museums.


The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance advances the creation and awareness of sculpture in its many and varied forms, promoting a supportive environment for sculpture and sculptors. 

The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance seeks to advance the understanding that sculpture educates; effects social change; and engages artists, art professionals, and the community in dialogue.

   Discrimination and Harassment Statement

       Mid-South Sculpture Alliance does not discriminate against                   any indivdual or group of individuals on the basis of age,                       color, disability, gender, national origin, race, ethnicity,                           religion, sexual orientation, veteran's status or sex. 

Upcoming events

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • University of Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

    Mid-South Sculpture Alliance celebrates sculpture with its Sculpture Conference: Knoxville 2018!

    Mid-South Sculpture Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to promote the creation, awareness and understanding of sculpture nationwide, brings its conference to Knoxville, TN. October 4th – 7th.

    In collaboration with the University of Tennessee Knoxville Sculpture Program, Knoxville Museum of Art, Dogwood Arts Festival, Knoxville Arts & Culture Alliance, and Pretentious Glass, the 3-day conference will feature a wide range of indoor and outdoor exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, small group mentoring, speakers, and panels. This exciting conference brings some of the nation’s foremost experts and talents in the field of sculpture to Knoxville. Of particular note are the conference keynote address by Chakaia Booker, and presentations by Elizabeth Turk, and Mary Bates Neubauer.

    Chakaia Booker is a world renown sculptor who fuses ecological concerns with explorations of racial and economic difference, globalization, and gender by recycling discarded tires into complex assemblages. Chakaia Booker’s sculptures and prints will be on exhibition during the conference.

    Elizabeth Turk is an artist, primarily known for marble sculpture using traditional and digital carving processes. Turk’s work searches the boundaries of paradox: the contemporary in the traditional, the lightness in weight, the emptiness in mass, the fluidity of the solid, extended time in a moment. 

    Mary Bate Neubauer has shown her sculptures and prints widely including several interactive sculptural works involving light and sound. Neubauer’s artistic process focuses on the hidden aspects of our surroundings, emphasizing artistic and tactile ways of understanding global and metropolitan functions based on data visualization.

     Other exhibitions include MSA Select members exhibition juried by Elizabeth Turk, Dogwood Arts & MSA Maquette and Drawing Invitational, Art in Public Places | Dogwood Arts, and the Scholarship Winner’s exhibition.

    The MSA Sculpture Conference: Knoxville 2018 is open to the public. MSA members will receive discounted registration.

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • UTK Art & Architecture Rm 129
    • 10

    Direct Carving Bronze Casting Workshop           

    October 4th, 9am – 5pm

    Instructor: Sarah Heath

    Location: UTK Art and Architecture Building
    Cost: $80

    As part of the MSA Sculpture Conference, Alabama based artist Sarah Heath will lead a one day bronze casting workshop. Focusing on the mold making techniques of direct carving into resin banded sand, participants will learn to create delicate art castings. Registrants will carve their own molds then participate in a bronze pour to cast their sculptures. Workshop fee includes all materials. All skill levels welcome.  There will be a one hour lunch break at the discretion of the instructor. 

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Pretentious Glass

    Glassblown Booze Cup Workshop

    Instructor: Matthew Cummings

    Location: Pretentious Glass

    Cost: $65

    Try your hand at glassblowing with a trained professional. Choose between several styles, colors, and textures and assist a glassblower in making your personalized booze cup. Each workshop will take 1hour and have a maximum of 4 participants. Your unique handmade glass will be ready to use at the MSA Social scheduled on Saturday, October 6th from 9-11 at the adjoining Pretentious Beer Co. What could be better than handcrafted beer in your own handcrafted glass.

    • 04 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • UTK Art & Architecture Building
    • 10

    Carved polystyrene is literally and figuratively at the core of Sherri Warner Hunter’s concrete sculptures and public art installations.  Join Sherri to experiment with hot and cold carving techniques utilized in her studio. Learn how to incorporate armature and installation systems to expand this process for large scale works.


       -  Intro to materials and tools:   

             -  Types of foam.        

              -  Carving tools: Hot & Cold.

              -  Adhesives.

       -  Enhancing the foam structure:  Hybrid Armatures.

       -  Concrete systems and their application to the polystyrene. 


         -  Participants will create a small carved polystyrene form that will allow them to utilize a variety of hot and cold tools, experiment with various adhesives, and have the option of adding additional structural elements ending up with a potential maquette or study piece.

         -  Resource handouts to enable additional process development.

         -  Samples.

    Maximum workshop size: 10 participants
    Minimum workshop size: 5 participants

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