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The ninth annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art brings 80-some dealers in ceramics, furniture, jewelry, and other three-dimensional media to Navy Pier's Festival Hall, 600 E. Grand, Friday and Saturday, October 25 and 26, 11 to 8, and Sunday, October 27, noon to 6. A series of lectures takes place Friday and Saturday; the schedule follows. Presentations marked 4 focus on this year's six special exhibits. Admission to the talks is free with ticket purchase: $12 per day, $10 for students and seniors, or $20 for a three-day pass. For more information call 800-563-7632 or see

Friday, October 25

A Fresh Look at Fiber: Part I

Adela Akers, Dona Anderson, Nancy Crow, Ed Bing Lee, and Beth Nobles discuss their fiber works. 9 AM.

Jamie Bennett: Enameled Jewelry

Artist's talk. 10 AM.

A Fresh Look at Fiber: Part II

Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, Cindy Hickok, Tracy Krumm, Michelle Sales, and Hillary Steel discuss output and ideas. 10:30 AM.

Adornment: An Expression of Individual Character and Self-Image

Jeweler Linda MacNeil presents historical examples of adornment. 11 AM.

4 Highlights From the British Crafts Council Collection

Amanda Fielding and Louise Taylor of the British Crafts Council and ceramist Julian Stair speak in conjunction with an exhibit of British ceramics from the last three decades. Noon.

Myth and Majesty: The Work of Seth Randal

Artist's talk. Noon.

The Visual Power of Wood Art--By Chance or Design

Discussion with gallery director Charlotte Brown and curators Martha Drexler Lynn, Michael Monroe, and Bruce Pepich. 1 PM.

Bertil Vallien: Mr. Moro Does Not Care if It's Called Art--A Slide Talk and Harmonica Recital

Artist's talk. 1 PM.

Activating Abstraction: Flux, Pulse, and Flow in Olga de Amaral's Tapestries

Lecture by Sculpture Magazine managing editor Twylene Moyer. 2 PM.

Rudy Autio: His Work

Artist's talk. 3 PM.

Hydra: A Dialogue Between Artist, Museum, and the Public

Toledo Museum of Art director Carol Bintz and sculptor Therman Statom discuss the evolution of a commission for the museum. 3 PM.

4 Small Works Loom Large

Art Fabric Movement founder Jack Lenor Larsen discusses the diversity of contemporary fiber art as illustrated by an exhibit of 75 small pieces (each fits within an eight-inch cube) by artists from 22 countries. 4 PM.

Michael Flynn: Ceramic Figures

The artist and author discusses his book Ceramic Figures: A Directory of Artists. 4 PM.

Donald Friedlich: Jewelry, Art, and Inspiration

Artist's talk. 5 PM.

Journey: Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman

The artists talk about mixed-media sculptures and their journey through west Africa. 5 PM.

Saturday, October 26

Fiber Comes of Age

Gallery owner Tom Grotta, artist Pat Hickman, FiberArts Magazine publisher Rob Pulleyn, and North Dakota Museum of Art director Laurel Reuter discuss the evolution of the medium. 9 AM.

Metal Under Glass

Talk by enamelist Sarah Perkins. 9 AM.

Clay Bodies

Ceramist Christie Brown discusses her career. 10 AM.

4 Got Sculpture? The First 14 Years of the Virginia A. Groot Awards

Curator Margaret Carney discusses an exhibit of work by the honorees. 10 AM.

Claire Curneen

The artist discusses her porcelain figures. 11 AM.

Devised Nature: Creativity in Contemporary Hollowware

Talk by artist Tom Muir. 11 AM.

Beyond the Surface

Ceramists Robert Cooper, Will Levi Marshall, and David Roberts discuss color and pattern in their work. Noon.

My Relationship With Paper

Talk by sculptor Tsuguo Yanai. Noon.

Ginny Ruffner: The First 25 Years

Artist's talk. 1 PM.

Form and Fiction

Ceramist Alison Britton discusses her career. 1:30 PM.

4 Slides, Slides, Slides: Successful Innovators in Wood Art Today

Slide presentation by 26 wood artists and furniture makers selected by members of the Collectors of Wood Art for a special exhibit. 1:30 PM.

Czech Glass: An Isolated Miracle?

Lecture by Institute for International Research in Glass director Sylva Petrova. 2 PM.

Continental Shifts

Ceramists Charles Bound, Jennifer Lee, and William Plumptre discuss how travel has informed their work. 2:30 PM.

An Idea in Transition

Artist Wendell Castle talks about the creative process. 3 PM.

4 Money! The Collective Hunch

Local gallery owner Douglas Dawson lectures on an exhibit of "primitive money" from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. 4 PM.

4 Attitude: New Australian Ceramists

John Odgers, general manager of Craft Australia, speaks on an exhibit featuring "ceramists who forego claims of authenticity in favor of the free play of individual imagination." 4 PM.

Scottish Textiles

Discussion with Helen Bennett of the Scottish Arts Council and textile artists Jilli Blackwood and Jane Keith. 5 PM.

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design: Coming of Age

Talk by Mint Museum director Mark Richard Leach. 5 PM.

Jewelry: The Embodiment of Love

Jeweler Lucy Sarneel discusses her "small wearable sculptures." 6 PM.

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