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Round Rock, TX

Main Street, April 27-29

Clint Howard, Lullabye, bronze, lifesize.

Clint Howard, Lullabye, bronze, lifesize.

This story was featured in the April 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art April 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

The city of Round Rock, TX, becomes a prime locale this month for enthusiasts of sculpture both monumental and miniature. The Texas Society of Sculptors and Deep in the Heart Art Foundry team up again to host the 26th annual SculptFest event, which is set to be more expansive and inclusive than ever before.

The city closes down its Main Street for the event, which opens to the public on Friday, April 27, from 5 to 9 p.m., and continues through the weekend, opening at 11 a.m. each morning. More than 50 sculptors were accepted and given tent space to display their works. The artists come from across the country to participate, and they work in a variety of mediums, including bronze, stone, ceramic, and metal. Monumental works are displayed throughout the area. Several demonstrations take place around the venue, along with artists working on individual pieces in their booths. Deep in the Heart Art Foundry offers a bronze-pouring demonstration on Saturday, April 28. “We’re very excited about this because there aren’t many opportunities for the public to see molten metals poured and to experience the entire casting process,” says the foundry’s Jamie Howard. The organization also hosts a 3-D printing demonstration by an artist who utilizes the process in his work. “We want to build an understanding for what 3-D printing can do for fine art because it is still a very new idea,” Howard says.

The event coincides with the opening of the Allan Houser National Exhibit, located in nearby Centennial Plaza. The exhibit features 18 large sculptures from renowned Native American sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994) and remains on display throughout the year. “Having that many Houser sculptures in one place is a pretty significant experience for visitors,” Howard says.

With a nationally recognized lineup of artists and a bigger venue, SculptFest continues to grow and thrive. The city of Round Rock has agreed to host the event for at least three years to help continue the society’s mission of building a larger community of fine sculptors across Texas. —Mackenzie McCreary

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512.321.7868
www.tsos.org/sculptfest

This story was featured in the April 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art April 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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