The eighth annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art at Navy Pier, which features the work of over 1,500 artists from around the world, runs Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6, 11 AM to 8 PM, and Sunday, October 7, noon to 6 PM, at Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand. SOFA's lecture series takes place on Friday and Saturday; the schedule follows. Admission to talks is free with ticket purchase; $12 per day or $20 for a three-day pass. For more information call 800-563-7632 or see www.sofaexpo.com.
Friday, October 5
Curator and Artist: Two Views of Contemporary Woodturning
Talk by exhibit curator Glenn Adamson and slide presentation by craftsman David Ellsworth. 9 AM.
Benjamin Moore: Murano/Seattle-Experiences With Glass
Artist's talk. 9 AM.
William Morris: Revealing the Self Through Artifacts/Objects
Artist's talk on glass sculptures. 10 AM.
Critical Discourse on Studio Furniture: Concept and Content
Discussion with curator Glenn Adamson, furniture makers Garry Knox Bennett and Tom Loeser, and metalsmith Bruce Metcalf. 10:30 AM.
Jason Cleverly discusses his interactive installation. 11 AM.
British Artists: Glass and Ceramics
Discussion with artists Philip Eglin, Carol McNicoll, Margaret O'Rorke, Tessa Clegg, Rachel Woodman, and Sally Fawkes. Noon.
Michael Sherrill: Secret Life of Plants-An Interpretive Vision
Artist's talk about porcelain and steel sculptures. Noon.
Objects for Use: Handmade by Design
Lecture by American Craft Museum director emeritus Paul J. Smith. 1 PM.
Garry Knox Bennett: Made in Oakland
Artist's talk about furniture and jewelry. 1:30 PM.
Louis Mueller: Conjugation
Talk by the head of the jewelry and metals program at the Rhode Island School of Design. 2 PM.
An Artful Conspiracy
Artist David Groth, collector Ron Wornick, gallery owner Doug Heller, museum director Bruce W. Pepich, and curator David McFadden discuss collaborations between artists and institutions. 2:30 PM.
Patrick Hall: Of Lost Things
Illustrated presentation "examining the themes of loss and solace." 3 PM.
Beyond the Tabula Rasa: Experimentation and Tradition in Contemporary British Tapestry
Talk by textile scholar Jennifer Harris of the Whitworth Art Gallery. 4 PM.
Sam Maloof: Woodworker
Artist's talk. 4 PM.
Poetics of Clay
Lecture by curator Helen W. Drutt English. 5 PM.
Gary S. Griffin: Affirming an Applied Arts Practice
Talk by the Cranbook Academy of Art head of metalsmithing. 6 PM.
New Models for Thinking and Making
Amy Gogarty of the Alberta College of Art and Design discusses the history and practice of ceramics. 6 PM.
British Figurative and Narrative Ceramics
Neil Brownsword, Stephen Dixon, Craig Mitchell, and Sara Robertson discuss their work. 7 PM.
Saturday, October 6
Rachelle Thiewes: The Desert-Echoes and Rhythms
The artist discusses her jewelry. 9 AM.
Fine Fiber: On and Off the Wall I
Talk by fiber artists Lia Cook, Carole Eckert, Nancy Moore Bess, Anna Riitta Haavisto, and Susan Etcoff Fraerman. 9:30 AM.
Nancy Worden: My Grandmother's Dress
The artist discusses her "autobiographic and narrative" jewelry. 10 AM.
The National Basketry Organization Presents: Michael Davis
The NBO president talks about basketry as an art form. 11 AM.
Arline Fisch: A Celebrated Career
The metalsmith discusses her life as an artist and teacher. 11 AM.
From Wheel and Loom to Our Vault: Ceramics and Fibers in the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts Collection
Talk by Wustum Museum director Bruce W. Pepich. 11 AM.
Three in Fiber: Michael James, Joan Livingstone, and Warren Seelig
Artists' talk. Noon.
Alfred Presents: Revelations on the Future of Ceramic Art
Discussion with faculty members of the college of ceramics at Alfred University. Noon.
Fine Fiber: On and Off the Wall II
Discussion with fiber artists Tim Harding, John Garrett, Lynn Basa, Susan Kavicky, Connie Lehman, and Anna King. 1:30 PM.
Tom Patti: Glass-A Spatial Boundary 2001
The artist talks about his site-specific installations. 1:30 PM.
Inspiration vs. Appropriation
Discussion with artists Lino Tagliapietra and Richard Marquis and collector Dan Greenberg. Moderated by artist Buzz Spector. 2:30 PM.
Critical Discourse on Studio Furniture: A Conversation With Sam Maloof and Wendell Castle
Artists' talk led by decorative arts historian Edward Cooke Jr. 3 PM.
Helen Shirk: Making the Path
The artist discusses her jewelry and metalwork. 4 PM.
From Concept to Exhibition: Organizational Partnering in the 21st Century
Wood Turning Center of Philadelphia executive director Albert LeCoff and Yale University Art Gallery decorative arts curator Pat Kane discuss promotion of the arts. 4:30 PM.
The CGCA: 20 Years of Experimentation
Talk by Creative Glass Center of America program coordinator Douglas Ohm. 5 PM.