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FEB. 18 – SEP. 8, 2024

Kate Brockman, Temple, 2015. Bronze.

Discover intricate connections between students, teachers, and casting communities, which branch out much like a family tree. 

Branching Out showcases the art of casting from a variety of perspectives and lineages of shared knowledge. Discover intricate connections between students, teachers, and casting communities, which branch out much like a family tree. Our curatorial team has worked closely with our foundry staff, former apprentices, and volunteers to present how casting knowledge is shared and advanced through the process of making. The exhibited works, cast by talented individuals in foundries nationwide, reveal a network of artists linked by their shared training. Explore the traces of learning lineages in the artists' works that create a narrative spanning time and place. 

A portion of this exhibition, an installation Gasparrini West from February 18 to June 23, 2024, will feature artworks cast by Metal Museum staff, apprentices, and volunteers. We are proud of the talent and teaching that have graced our grounds since we started hosting pours in the 1980s. Bob Rogers volunteered and built our first foundry behind what is now our Lawler Foundry, which opened with an inaugural pour on October 18, 2003. Since his arrival in 2014, James Vanderpool has mentored five foundry apprentices. With classes, scratch block activities, and internships we continue to deepen our roots in the Memphis community, while our family tree of Lawler Foundry artists continues to branch out. 

Learn more, meet the artists, and further your practice in casting with accompanying programming: 


with Phoenix Savage on
Casting History and Process


THURSDAY, APR. 25, 2024
6 – 8PM CST


with Alison and Noah Ouellette-Kirby


THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2024
12 – 1PM CST


Foundry Invitational +
River Exhibition

MAY 29 – JUN. 2


with Stacey Holloway and Marjee Levine

THURSDAY, JUN. 20, 2024

12 – 1PM CST


with Bryan Massey and
Desmond Lewis


THURSDAY, JUL. 18, 2024
12 – 1PM CST


Copper Smelting with Skidmore College

THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2024
12 – 1PM CST


From Industry to Art with Virginia Elliott and Ty Malugani


THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2024
12 – 1PM

Nonprofits such as Sculpture Trails and Josephine Sculpture Park are spaces to show work and grow community. Foundry Tree, established by Gabriel Akagawa, tracks the academic networks of iron workers through a database. Conferences such as Iron Tribe and CCCIAP at Sloss Furnaces are opportunities for artists to convene and create.


The following nonprofits and resources champion casting and connect artists and students: 

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