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Cut, Tack and Weld

October 20 - 25, 2024

Lauren McAdams Selden  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, introductory students will be challenged to design and fabricate a sculptural work with select materials. Instructor will discuss safety, types of equipment, and how to properly operate the tools. Safety glasses, helmets and gloves are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own auto-darkening welding helmets and leather welding apparel if available. Open to all skill levels; beginning welders are encouraged to take this course.


  • Cutting metal
  • MIG welding
  • Gas welding
  • Metal finishing techniques


  • Steel rod
  • Square pipe
  • Scrap sheet


  • Knowledge of how to MIG weld on your own
  • Outdoor or indoor small sculptural form



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Lauren Selden is a working artist, mother, and professor living in East Texas. Originally from Indiana, Selden received her MFA from Arizona State University where she studied metalworking, jewelry, and sculpture. She is currently a Professor of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) in Nacogdoches, Texas. Exhibition accomplishments include solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions in national and international venues. Her artwork has been published in Metalsmith magazine, Lark Books 500 Metal Vessels and Lark Books 500 Wedding Rings. She has given workshops and lectures at conferences, universities, junior colleges, and art centers across the country as well as in Brazil, Germany, France, Iceland, Finland, and Mexico. Awards for teaching include the Teaching Excellence award for the College of Fine Arts and the SFA Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. In 2018, she spent time at the Baer Art Center Residency in Hofsós, Iceland and had the honor to be a featured artist in the 2do Festival de Arte Nueve in Chihuahua, Mexico. In 2019, Selden served as an artist in residence at The Imagination Lab in Indiana where she worked with over 1000 students from 2nd to 5th grade. In 2022, Selden completed a grant-funded project at Fiskars AiR residency in Fiskars, Finland. She will attend the 2024 Winter Residency at Penland School of Arts and Crafts. Current work includes small sculptural works as well as wearable jewelry.

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In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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