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Representatives of the organizations sponsoring the Yellow Springs Experience: Bronze Sculpture Symposium, are, clockwise from left, Jerome Borchers of the Yellow Springs Arts Council, participating sculptor Brian Maughan, Mills Lawn Principal Matt Housh, Dennie Eagleson of Antioch College and project manager Joanne Caputo in front.

Bronze Symposium coming to town

A collaborative effort between several local arts and educational groups will in October bring to the village the “Yellow Springs Experience: National Bronze Sculpture Symposium.” The two-week event will feature four sculptors, one local, who will each create three original works on the Antioch campus, so that the public can view the process. After a public bronze pouring of the works, the Village of Yellow Springs will own them, and create a sculpture trail at several as yet decided public places.

“The Bronze Symposium is a perfect complement to Yellow Springs national reputation as a vibrant and livable arts community,” according to Chamber of Commerce Director Karen Wintrow. “There’s an ongoing commitment to the arts, which in turn, creates a community that is constantly growing, evolving and creating.”

The Chamber is one of the event’s sponsors. Others are the Yellow Springs Arts Council, Antioch College, local sculptor Jon Hudson and the Yellow Springs public schools.

The event is loosely modeled on the International Sculpting Symposia, a program in which cities all over the world invite sculptors to create new work in a public process. Hudson has taken part in about 30 of the symposia in Japan, France, Turkey, Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, and other locations, he said in a recent interview.

While the event will cost about $150,000, the group has raised $25,000 from a private anonymous donor, with a matching grant from the Morgan Family Foundation. Grant proposals have been submitted to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and Kroger Foundation and the DP&L Foundation, according to Joanne Caputo, the project director.

See the March 14 Yellow Springs News for an extended article.

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