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As a part of a weeklong collaborative event between West Virginia University and Fairmont State University, a WVU alumni artist returned to Morgantown to share his art with a metal casting demonstration.
 
On Wednesday, the WVU School of Art and Design hosted the "Mountain State Smeltdown," where students got hands-on experience by making their own molds of objects and then pouring the iron to form their own art pieces.

Michael Bonadio, a Boston native, graduated from WVU in 2003 with a degree in fine arts with a focus on sculpture.

Bonadio is currently a founder and director at an art colony in Salem, New York called Salem Art Works.

Bonadio said he was happy to come back to WVU after all these years because he feels that it's important to give back.

"It's very important, this is where it started, this is where not only where I learned how to pour metal. I also learned how to be an artist and an individual, I really got into my skin here so I've always wanted to come back and have a purpose," says Bonadio.

He will judge a chili cook-off on Thursday, and conduct an iron pour at the Fairmont State University foundry on Friday, starting at noon.
The event is free and open to the public.