ASU foundry program melds artists, metal casters, public

October 1, 2009

The unique role of casting in contemporary sculpture is explored in a range of experimental work, in conjunction with the American Foundry Society’s (AFS) Art Casting Conference Nov. 9-14, which is being hosted in part by the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The conference brings together metal casters and artists for the first time since 1990. For more information," title="Read the AFS press release">read the AFS press release.

Kicking off the Art Casting Conference activities, the public is invited to attend the official "Solid Solutions" exhibition opening at the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art" title="Step Gallery">Step Gallery 7-9 p.m., Nov. 9. The gallery is on the northeast corner of 10th Street and University Drive (located just north of the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center). Download Full Image

The public can learn about both the traditional contemporary and nature of art metals, and about how choices of casting media relate to the content of artwork during the "Solid Solutions" exhibition which runs Nov. 9-20. 

The exhibition features art castings made by ASU Foundry students. Program participants have researched the re-creation of historical and contemporary metal alloys, from ancient Bronze Age copper-tin mixtures all the way to contemporary silicon bronzes. "Solid Solutions" showcases students’ results of metallurgical investigations, featuring sculptural work in combinations of bronze, brass, iron and aluminum.

Attendees also can mix with members of the American Casting Industry during a special reception at the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art Step Gallery, 6:30-9 p.m., Nov. 13.

In concurrence with the week’s events, the public also is invited to an ASU/Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Cupola Iron Pour, all day Nov. 14 in the back lot of the SCC art building. Observers will witness scrap iron transformed into a stream of molten metal in the white-hot blast of a small working iron furnace. For a campus map to locate the art building, visit:

The">">http://www.scottsd... "Solid Solutions" exhibition, receptions and Cupola Iron Pour are free and open to the public. To register for the Art Casting Conference, please visit:

Public">"> & Media Contact:
Mary Neubauer
Sculpture professor
ASU Herberger Institute
School of Art
(480) 251-7439

Volleyball goes Husky and Cougar hunting

October 1, 2009

The Arizona State Sun Devil Women’s Volleyball Team (11-3 overall, 1-1 Pac-10) take to the road again this weekend as they set to face some stiff competition in the Pacific Northwest facing the third-ranked Washington Huskies on Friday, Oct. 2 and the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, Oct. 3. Both matches start at 7 p.m. PT.

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All of ASU’s fans can follow all of ASU’s home matches, and some road matches, via the free statistical GameTracker at Just click on the Women’s Volleyball schedule. Download Full Image

Recapping Last Weekend:
Against No. 14 UCLA: The Sun Devils didn’t want nothing but a good time to start out the weekend as they took a .417 attack percentage into the first set against the Bruins and never looked back. The Sun Devil D was out of control at the net, with 12 total blocks on the night, eight block assists coming from Malia Marquardt and six from Sonja"> Markanovich as ASU rolled to a 25-16, 25-22 and 25-22 SWEEP of the Bruins for their first win over UCLA since 2002, and only seventh in program history.

No. 13 USC: ASU’s D came out and showed the Women of Troy what they had again on Saturday night, posting eight team blocks to USC’s seven, but in the end the Women of Troy just edged out the Sun Devils, even after ASU’s phenomenal second set pull it even at 1-1 headed into the break. USC’s Alex Jupiter was not to be contained though as she put up 31 kills on the night to lead USC to a 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-22 win.