In conjunction with the auction, a visiting artist demonstrates as a part of the Conference. We are pleased to announce Lee Sauder and James Austin as the 2017 visiting artists.  Former visiting artists have included Jake James, Seth Gould, David Clemons, Wendell Broussard, Joe Muench, and John Haley III, just to name a few.

Artist Talk, Forge, Form, Fabricate Exhibition 
October 27 – November 3
Opening Reception 4-7pm, October 27
Artist Lecture 7pm- , October 27

The University Museum is located a short walk away, at Room 2469, 1000 Faner Dr, Carbondale, IL 62901 This location will hold both the Artist Lecture and the “Forge, Form, and Fabricate” Exhibition.

Public Demonstration
Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm, October 28
L. Brent Kington Smithy
475 Clocktower Dr. in Carbondale, IL 62901
located at the iconic Pulliam Hall here on the SIU campus. This location will hold the day long Demonstration by our visiting artist, as well as offer visitors a peek at our legendary smithy.

Dinner & Auction
Saturday 5:00pm – 9:00pm, October 28
The Auction will be held at the famous 17th St. BBQ, a locally owned BBQ joint and event house situated at  
This is only a 15 minute drive from the Kington Smithy, and well worth it.

One ticket allows access to day long demonstration, and fancy evening auction with dinner. Drinks are available. 

General Public: $35

SIUC Student: $15

Students (any): $25
Must present school I.D.

ABANA Members: $25
Must present membership I.D.

With Gratitude..
The Southern Illinois Metalsmith Society would be unable to have its annual Conference, nor esteemed visiting artists, without the generous grants provided in part by:

We are deeply appreciative of these fine organizations allowing us to continue to support both the arts and the teaching of our crafts. Without their generous assistance, Southern Illinois would simply not have access to the caliber of artists and artwork that the Conference brings each year.