Christopher Meyer is a native South Dakotan and Associate Professor of Sculpture at his Alma Mater the University of South Dakota where he received his B.F.A. visual art in sculpture. Meyer earned his M.F.A. emphasizing in sculpture from the University of Montana in Missoula, MT.
Meyer’s work ranges from non-objective to representational sculptural objects, sculptural installations and performance work often times focusing on the interaction between the viewer and the work. Christopher’s studio practice tends to emphasize material and process and is made from a large variety of materials including cast metals, carved or fabricated wood and steel, fibers, mixed media or “whatever the piece needs to be.” Since 2014 Meyer has made a deeper investment in cast iron; building a furnace and equipment necessary to make iron, bringing cast iron to the University of South Dakota and hosting an annual iron pour event at his home studio in rural South Dakota called the “Little Pour on the Prairie” each spring. Meyer is also a board member of the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance since March 2016.
Meyer’s work has been published in several visual art publications regionally to internationally and has exhibited in over 100 regional and national exhibitions since joining the University of South Dakota in 2006. Meyer works and lives with his family consisting of his wife, two children, two dogs and way too many cats on a rural acreage full of materials somewhere northwest of Vermillion, South Dakota.
Rachel Robinson, was born and raised in Holdrege, Nebraska. In High school Rachel took every art class available to her and eagerly expanded her artistic knowledge. Rachel chose to go to college to seek her Bachelors degree in Fine Art. Upon taking the art courses available at Fort Hays State University in Hayes, KS she fell in love with sculpture. The ability to melt metal and cast it into a new form was mesmerizing. Rachel dove into mold making, found a deep bond with iron working and the process of iron casting. The far-reaching cast iron community took Rachel all over the world. In the process she learned more skills and gained more friends, which only strengthened her decision to further her education. After earning her BFA she enrolled at the University of South Dakota where she is currently a Pre-Candidate for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture.