Bethany College faculty member invited to Western Cast Iron Art Conference

Ed Pogue, Iron Pour 2012LINDSBORG, KAN., July 2, 2011—Bethany College Professor of Art Ed Pogue was invited to participate in the iron pour at the Western Cast Iron Art Conference on May 23 to 27 at Fort Hays State University.

Art students and Professors from all across the United States participate in the bi-annual event held each even year at colleges and universities across the West. This year, Pogue was asked to bring his cupola, known as “Black Bart,” to the conference.

The iron-melting cupola is a steel cylinder lined with a ceramic insulation material. Coal and iron are heated to 2,900 degrees, forming liquid held in the reservoir. The molten iron is collected into a holding ladle, which is poured into art molds. This year, Pogue worked with a team of art students from Alfred University to cast iron at the conference.

Pogue build his cupola in 2010 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the city of Salina.

Ed PoguePogue teaches courses in design, sculpture, visual art, and web design at Bethany. He is represented nationally by “A” Gallery of Art in Salt Lake City, Utah. In recent years, Pogue has exhibited his sculpture at Finer Things Gallery in Nashville, Tenn., and in downtown Wichita, Kan. Prior to arriving at Bethany in 1999, Pogue was the facilities manager and an assistant director of the Sculpture Center at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Ladle collecting molten iron for casting at the Western Cast Iron Art Conference, 2012

Caption: Bethany College Professor of Art Ed Pogue was invited to participate in the iron pour at the Western Cast Iron Art Conference on May 23 to 27 at Fort Hays State University.

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