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WTTW invites you to feel the heat as we forge a friendship with the blacksmiths of Illinois. Join host Phil Ponce on Arts Across Illinois, made possible by the Illinois Arts Council, on Friday, October 19 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 21 at 5:30 pm.


MYTHIC METALSMITH Meet L. Brent Kington, the godfather of smiths. Trained as a silversmith and self-taught as a blacksmith, he founded the nation's only graduate program in blacksmithing at Southern Illinois University.

Brent Kington
c/o Southern Illinois University School of Art & Design
Carbondale Mailcode 4301
Carbondale, IL 62901


BACKYARD BLACKSMITHS Gary Jameson and Peoria's Sun Foundation are committed to making sure the time honored craft of blacksmithing lives on. We join him teaching beginning blacksmithing to the next generation of artists.

Gary Jameson
Sun Foundation for Advancement in the Environmental Sciences & Arts
1276 Sun Road
Washburn, IL 61570
email: [email protected]


HEAVY METAL John Medwedeff's public art is monumental and meticulous. His work blurs the boundary between the world of traditional metalworker and modern sculptor.

John Medwedeff
695 Future Lane
Murphysboro, IL 62966
email: [email protected]
(618) 687-4304


SOME LIKE IT HOT Carbondale is a metal metropolis and blacksmiths from throughout the country will converge here as the Illinois State Museum kicks off a traveling exhibit on the art and legacy of L. Brent Kington.

Southern Illinois Art and Artisans Center
14967 Gun Creek Trail
Whittington, IL 62897-1000
(618) 629-2220

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