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50th Annual University of Minnesota Iron Pour and 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

Wilson Library, 4th floor, 7 a.m. – midnight (hours may vary, please check the website at

April 22 – May 17

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, Noon – 2:00PM

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

April 22 – 26

FAIR School/ Ubah Medical Academy Art Program

Visiting Artist Residency and Public Program

April 25 – May 4

Residency, University of Minnesota Foundry, Regis Center for Art

Thursday, May 2, 7:00 PM

Public Program

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 Years of Iron Sculpture at the University of Minnesota

Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art

May 1– May 24, Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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


Saturday, May 4, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Public Reception, Regis Center for Art

Iron 50: 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 will include pouring community relief molds and fire/ iron performance project.

Iron Performance Artists: James L. Hayes, Rian Kerrane

Fire Performance Artists: Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center Fire Dancers

Participating Colleges: Minneapolis College of Art and Design/ Macalester College

Iron 50: Community Casting Exhibition

Wilson Library

University of Minnesota

May 8 – May 19

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

Exhibit hours: 7 a.m.- midnight (Hours can vary – please check the website:

Thursday, May 9, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Public reception, Wilson Library Lobby


Department of Art: Foundry, Visiting Artists and Exhibitions Programs, the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections: Wayne Potratz Archive, the College of Liberal Arts Imagine Fund, Dean’s First-Year Research & Creative Scholars program and the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota.

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.