The Art of Welded Sculpture
Tom Gingras has been dancing with the flame for thirty-five years as a sculptor in metal art and teaching at Austin Community College since 1988.  Tom has been Departmental Director of the Art Metals Program at ACC and also served as Department Chair of the Welding Department from  Fall 2003 until the Fall of 2006. As ACC’s first teacher in “Art Metals”, Tom was in on the ground floor with then Department Head, Warren Donworth, of what has become a Nationally and Inter-nationally recognized and prestigious program offering degree plans in Art Metals, Metalsmithing, and Metal Sculpture as well as Jewelry Design, Fabrication and Casting, Stone Setting and repair.
Tom began his soon to be published first book,  The Art Of Welded Sculpture , during his sabbatical leave in 2000 granted by Austin Community College to write, further his metal smithing skills, and nurture his creative spirit. During this sabbatical leave, Tom also began a major commission piece in stainless steel entitled “Angel Dance”, a 12 feet tall pair of angels which was subsequently installed suspended in an 18’ high stairwell in a home in West Lake Hills. Tom’s mastery of welded sculpture has been  demonstrated in his work and countless commission pieces for many years , and is beautifully and masterfully displayed in his current commission piece, the extraordinary dragon entitled “ Sevenheart”, shown by courtesy of it’s new owner, Brian Buckler of Lake Travis.
Tom gingras
 Tom lives in Briarcliff with his wife, Sherry, where they share together their love of music and art. Tom has five children and one new grandson. Tom may be contacted through “Full Circle: Music, Motion, and Art” and  Drumz/Dancing with the Flame Gallery on Kerbey Lane in Austin at 512-453-9090 , or through the Art Metals Department at ACC at 512-223-6699.
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