Sept. 19 reception set for ‘Iron Maidens’ exhibit

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception Thursday, Sept. 19, for a new exhibit currently on display, “Iron Maidens: Women of Contemporary Cast Iron.”

The “Third Thursday” reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s Star Atrium. It is free and open to the public.

Iron casting as a process for creating functional products has an old history, but its use by fine artists dates back only to the 1960s and the development of the studio-size iron furnace. The process involves re-melting scrap iron down to molten iron, which is then poured into premade “casts” or molds.

The field of iron casting has traditionally been dominated by men, but in the late 20th century a group of women emerged – the “Iron Maidens.” The exhibit at the WCU museum showcases the works of 14 female artists from Great Britain and America. It will be on display through Friday, Nov. 22.

WCU’s Fine Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission and parking are free. For more information, go online to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or call 828-227-3591.