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Working with Metal: The Process of Making Metal Sculpture

Two Long Island sculptors, Erin O’Reilly and Anthony Ingoglia, will be the speakers at the Reboli Center for Art and History’s Third Friday event, September 20 from 6 – 8 PM.  Ms. O’Reilly and Mr. Ingoglia will discuss the unique process of working with metal to create a work of art. The topic is germane to the current exhibition at the Reboli Center, Sculptural Dimensions, an exhibit of sculptural work in a variety of mediums including metal.  The speakers will discuss fabricating works of art from the start of an idea or sketch, using welding to fabricate works of art, the steps in finishing the work, and finally displaying the final product.  This discussion will go over the process, tools, and materials to make a sculpture out of metal and their hope is that their talk will inspire the audience to pick up a new skill and make something with their hands.

Erin O’Reilly received a BFA from Pratt Institute concentrating in Sculpture. Her experience has included working for multiple artists as well as running a painting business. She works with a variety of materials from metal to wood to clay. Her sculptures are formed through the process of discovering and learning about different materials, letting that journey influence the final outcome.


Anthony Ingoglia’s metal sculpting interest started in 2001 when he enrolled in a David Haussler class after retiring from teaching.  He progressed from student to helper to teacher of the welding class. He collaborated with David Haussler on two commissioned 9-11 sculptures for the South Setauket Fire Department and the Plainview-Old Bethpage library. Anthony now coordinates and teaches a welding course.


Information on the attached images.

Two of the images show Erin and Anthony working with metal at various stages in the development of a sculpture.  

The three images of work done by the two of them are as follows:

To the Point is a steel sculpture by Erin O’Reilly

Starnado is a Stainless steel sculpture by Anthony Ingoglia

Tubular in the foreground is a collaborative work by Erin O’Reilly and Anthony Ingoglia, Criss Cross in the background is a work by Erin O’Reilly.

Earlier Event: August 16
A Tribute to David