Last week, I was in Birmingham, Alabama, for the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices (NCCCIAP). The backdrop for this biennial event was Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, a truly a remarkable venue that stands out as America’s only blast furnace from the last century being preserved and interpreted as an historic industrial site. There was a great slate of activities for the NCCCIAP, including hands-on demonstrations, mold making workshops, student cupola competitions, guest furnace demonstrations, panel discussions, and art exhibitions. The grassroots, intergenerational character of the NCCCIAP was incredibly inspiring, and I hope to get back to Sloss for the next iteration of this event.

I had a great time in Miami last week checking out the city’s annual art fairs, marking my first visit to this city and my first time taking in an international art fair. The sheer number of art venues was mind boggling, and the range of work on display showcased the remarkable character of contemporary art. This was a truly amazing experience, and I definitely feel inspired in my own studio practice after gathering so much visual inspiration. Here’s a few highlights from this trip:

Scope International Contemporary Art Show

UNTITLED, Miami Beach

Art Basel Miami Beach

Spectrum Miami & Red Dot Miami 

Art Miami

Rubelll Family Collection

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

Art Basel Miami Beach-Public Art Section

INK Miami Art Fair 

Aqua Art Miami