Rick Parsons

Hot Steel and Skin | July 27th – 31st, 2015



Hot Steel and Skin: In this workshop, participants will learn how to manipulate steel by using both cold and hot forming techniques. This course will cover a variety of tools used in basic metal working while creating freestanding forms using round bar. We then will cover these skeletal forms with a skin. Participants will learn plasma cutting, welding, oxy acetylene torches and bending/forming techniques. Along with studio time students will be introduced to artist that work with steel in different ways and will focus on idea development while gaining an understanding of steel.



  • BFA, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • MA University of Dallas
  • MFA, University of Dallas

Rick’s artwork focuses on the effects of environmental pollutants on the body. He uses materials as metaphor to address the looming impact of a culture dependent on diminishing resources. Rick has served as Sculpture Program Coordinator at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has taught at both the University of Dallas, and Colorado Mountain College. He has been a visiting artist at Colorado College, San Jose State University, University of Miami, and Arizona State University. His sculpture has been exhibited throughout the country and was featured in a solo show in the Charles and Dorothy Clark Gallery at the University of Texas – Pan America. In 2007 Rick’s sculpture was the focus of an article in Sculpture magazine. He was recently published in the book Confrontational Ceramics: The Artist as Social Critic by Judith S. Schwartz and was featured in the documentary film “Questions of Art,” by Zach Jankovic.