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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

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.

Ghost Ship

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.

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