VIDEO: Students display art, instructor honored

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Art instructor, Casey Stueber Smith, has been selected to be included in an upcoming book, featuring artists from around the world. CAST, which is a book that is being produced by Schiffer Publishing, will feature gorgeous images from both contemporary and historic artists whose work is defined by their use of casting as a primary process. CAST will be a creative look-book intended to inspire more people to use casting in their work and to think more broadly about the process and its possibilities.

This call for entry was worldwide bringing in over 1700 images in which Schiffer chose 198 to be published in their book. Smith had to submit her images that

Casey Smith prepares a piece for the firing kiln.

Casey Smith prepares a piece for the firing kiln.

illustrated model creation, mold making, and her casting process. Images also had to portray a high quality of cast jewelry and other objects that were both sculptural and functional. Additionally, Smith and any other selected participants will include their thoughts and comments on how each artist believes that casting impacts, enhances or expands the possibilities in their work.

The call for entry first came to Smith’s attention after receiving an email from Café Press, which is an artist community based website that notifies the public of major shows and publications that are coming out. After some careful thought and research, Smith chose one piece that she thought was worthy of the publication. The piece was a casting that was made from recycled material which she states is her traditional medium. The final step in producing her casting piece was dipping it into medal.

“I was shocked to have been chosen, there were a lot of artists th     at applied to it and when I found out that my piece got accepted I was just so excited” said Smith. She also stated that this will be her first major publication and feels that it is an honor to be accredited and recognized next to so many well-known artists.

The book will be available for purchase sometime after the holidays but Smith wasn’t sure on the exact date; however, once they are out, Schiffer will be giving her several copies of the Cast book and will be available to those who want to view it, in her studio class.

“I’m really proud of Casey for getting into this book, she’s a great artist, and an inspiration to all her students. It makes me want to be published as well someday,” said art major Tyler Dallis.

Furthermore, Casey, along with new husband, Josh Smith, who teaches the graphic design courses, were invited by the Neosho Arts Council to hold their first show as a married couple at the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce exhibition space during November. Josh displayed his 2D fine art pieces, and Casey displayed her 3D art pieces.

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