Karen Garrett cardboard sculpture currently on display in Bryan Tower
Guest blogger GAIL SACHSON is a member of the TSA 25th Anniversary Planning Committee and the Moderator of the Symposium Panel discussion.
The Mayor of Dallas and the Governor of Texas have proclaimed September to be Sculpture Month. So don’t be surprised when you notice that most galleries around town are exhibiting and encouraging sculpture. Architecturally large outdoor pieces, indoor table-size pieces, works of glass, iron, steel, bronze, brass, acrylic, paper and more. Texas Sculpture Assoiation membership shows are all over town, and sculpture enthusiasts are coming from all over Texas. Everyone is gathering at . . . where else? The Nasher Sculpture Center, Saturday, Sept. 20, for the celebratory TSA Sculpture Symposium.
Beginning with a breakfast of sculpturally perfect Dunkin’ Donuts, the day will be filled with a provocative panel discussion aboutcollecting sculpture, public art and sculpture trends. Ashley Tatum Casson, Director of the Gerald Peters Gallery, Kevin Vogel of Valley House and Thom Andriola from Houston’s New Gallery will represent the gallery views, while former Dallas Public Art Manager, Margaret Robinette, will rally support for Public Art.
Ted Pillsbury, former director of the Kimbell Museum, now with Heritage Galleries and Auction House, will be the Featured Speaker, while acclaimed sculptor James Surls will be the Keynote speaker.
We’ll be posing questions such as:
Is sculpture more difficult to sell than two-dimensional work?
Who is the typical sculptor collector?
How does an artist get involved in public art? Why should he/she want to?
What roles do corporations play in collecting and exhibiting sculpture?
Are sculptors different from other artists?
Can a woman make a strong statement in sculpture?