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50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour

Related exhibitions and events

April 22 – May 20, 2019

All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Wayne Potratz Archive: Selections from the Collection

April 22 – May 17

Wilson Library, 4th floor,

Gallery hours: 7:00 a.m. – Midnight

Hours may vary, please check the website at

Exhibit featuring the iconic t-shirts that document the Iron Pour from its inception to now, and select materials from the Wayne Potratz Archive related to 45 years of the growth of the contemporary movement in cast iron art at the University of Minnesota. The archive is a new acquisition to the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections.

Thursday, May 2

5:00 – 6:30PM

Public Reception Wilson Library 4th floor

Dedication and talk by Nor Hall, author of Irons in the Fire

Community Workshops

University of Minnesota Foundry, Regis Center for Art

FAIR School and Ubah Medical Academy Art Program

April 22 – 26

Visiting Artist Residency

University of Minnesota Foundry, Regis Center for Art

April 22 – May 4

Visiting Artist Public Program

Thursday, May 2

7:00 PM

InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art

James L. Hayes, Principal Lecturer in Sculpture, CIT Crawford College of Art, Cork, Ireland

Rian Kerrane, Professor of Sculpture, University of Colorado Denver

Michał Staszczak, Professor of Sculpture, Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland

 50 x 50

University of Minnesota Cast Iron Art Alumni Exhibition

Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art

Exhibition of 50 cast iron works by University of Minnesota alumni.

May 1– 24

Gallery hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, May 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Public Reception, Regis Center for Art

50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour

Department of Art Foundry, Regis Center for Art

Friday, May 3

2:00 – 6:00 PM, Iron Pour; 7:00 PM Fire performance

Public iron pour will feature three international visiting artists, the University of Minnesota foundry class and students from regional art programs. Featured events include pouring community molds and performances. Participating Colleges: Macalester College and Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Performance Projects

Hephaestus’s Chair | James L. Hayes

The Branding Iron Graffiti Project (or the housewife at the ironing board) | Rian Kerrane

Fire Performance | Insphyre Performers

Bagpipes | Dennis Skrade

Foundry Tree Photography Session

Regis Center for Art, E-134

Saturday, May 4, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Conducted by Gabriel Akagawa, Foundry Tree founder

Join the International online Iron-Casting Artists Database by having your picture taken in full leathers or civilian attire. Each person will be added to the website

Community Casting Exhibition

Wilson Library

University of Minnesota

May 8 – May 19

Gallery hours: Monday – Sunday, 7:00 AM – Midnight

Hours may vary, please check the website at

Exhibition of work from community workshops by FAIR School and Ubah Medical Academy students, cast during the iron pour.

Thursday, May 16

5:30 – 7:30 PM

Public reception

Wilson Library Lobby


Department of Art, University of Minnesota Art Foundry, the Foundry Club, Visiting Artists and Critics Program, the University Libraries, the College of Liberal Arts Imagine Fund, Dean’s First-Year Research & Creative Scholars Program, UROP Program, the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota, Wayne Potratz


Graphic Design | Professor Kurt Dyrhaug, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX

UROP Research Assistants | Megan Fox, Charlie Mooney, Carly Odegard

First Year CLA Research Assistants | Reagan Ekstrom, Ella McMeans, Paul Schneider-Krumpus

Proceeds from the sale of IRON50 and historic t-shirts during the iron pour will go towards the Wayne Potratz Scholarship fund for metal-casting students in the Department of Art.

Regis Center for Art | University of Minnesota

405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-8096


Wilson Library | University of Minnesota

309 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-3321


Parking is available nearby on the street, at the 19th and 21st Avenue South ramps, and at the 5th Street South Lot, hourly or event rates apply. These parking locations and the Regis Center for Art are wheelchair accessible.