The Sculpture program supports traditional, experimental and transdisciplinary approaches to studio art practice through broadening students’ framework of understanding while increasing their capacity to think beyond convention. From found objects to large-scale public monuments, ancient ceremonial relics to immersive new media installations, the possibilities made available by such an expansive field are limitless.
Our program is led by an active and accomplished faculty and staff who instruct students on and through the technical skills, conceptual strategies, aesthetic presentation and formal issues of sculpture. Supplementing the classroom and studio experience, students are connected to internships, a strong visiting artist and scholar program and the Sculpture Collective, a student run co-curricular organization.
In the studio, students gain technical skills including woodworking, welding, metal fabrication, mold-making, casting, digital fabrication, public art proposals and installation practice. We encourage and direct the development of the individual student through a process of creative inquiry, conceptualization, realization and critique. Students may choose to focus on object making, performance, installation, video, or public art. Throughout the curriculum students have regular access to excellent facilities, staff, equipment, and library resources related to the study of Sculpture.
The Sculpture minor is designed to encourage students from all areas of the university to explore working in the area. Students pursuing the BFA complete a final portfolio of original resolved, focused work. The MFA program integrates creative research, contemporary theory and practice culminating in a project in lieu of thesis exhibition.