Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Jack Gron

An Outstanding Islander

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Molten Metal Master
Jack Gron has embedded a sense of community in University students on their way to becoming professional artists and educators through his Mobile Foundry project. The chair of the Department of Art is also introducing youngsters throughout the Coastal Bend to an exciting 3-D art experience, molten metal. The Mobile Foundry facility, which consists of a portable crucible furnace fueled by bottled propane, is housed on a trailer allowing Gron to visit schools across the region. The professor of sculpture arrived at the Island University in fall 2005 from Northern Arizona University. Gron has taught internationally in Cortona, Italy, with the University of Georgia; at Ironbridge England; and in Krakow and Gdansk, Poland at the Academies of Fine Arts. In September 2007 he conducted a two-week visiting artist residency at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland. During his stay, Gron discussed the possibility of collaborative teaching between the Academy of Fine Arts and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Recently, Gron has participated in numerous group cast iron workshops, conferences and sculpture exhibitions across the nation.

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