PLANO — See some of the (literally) hottest art in the state when THE ARTS Gallery hosts “Texas Atomic Iron Commission: An Exhibition of Texas Sculpture,” dedicated to the medium of poured cast iron, March 1 through April 9 on Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus.

The show will include works from 14 artists, consisting mainly of professional sculptors, demonstrating their skill with iron casting, a process that raises the material to a melting point of 2800 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s safe to say that makes it one of the hottest art scenes in the state.

A special reception is planned in the gallery on Thursday, April 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gallery is located on Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, Room A175, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy. in Plano. Regular gallery hours are: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Other events surrounding the exhibition will include guest speaker Dewane Hughes addressing Art Café from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 in Spring Creek Campus C103 and artist Kurt Dyrhaug talking about his work at Art Café from noon to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. Professor Luke Sides, his guests and sculpture students will reveal the iron pouring process in a powerful display of craftsmanship and creativity on the day before the exhibit closes, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 8, outside the room A185 of the Spring Creek Campus. All of these special events are open to the public and all Collin College students.

The show is curated by Sides who is a contributing artist and was a 2015 Collin College Professor of the Year nominee. For more information about this exhibition and any future exhibitions, visit the gallery’s website at or call 972-881-5873.


About Collin College

Collin College is a community college located in North Texas’ Collin County, the only public college in the county. One of the fastest-growing community colleges or universities in Texas, the college serves nearly 52,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degrees and certificates in a wide range of disciplines. With seven campuses throughout the college district, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development. Collin College has locations in Plano (Spring Creek Campus), McKinney (Central Park Campus) and Frisco (Preston Ridge Campus). In addition, there are satellite centers in Allen, Plano and Rockwall. In addition, the college operates the Collin Higher Education Center, which serves 3,300 additional students each year in partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas. For more information, visit