What you’ll learn
Sculpture + Expanded Practice Area has a deep commitment to exploring a broad variety of materials, equipment, techniques, and forms free of imposed ideology. Students are encouraged to chart their individual path as skilled makers and shapers of objects within public, private and digital spaces, from traditional sculpture approaches to sound, performance art, and cyber explorations. Students participate fully with the School of Art + Design's extensive and prestigious visiting artists program, attending presentations and receiving individual critiques with artists like Vito Acconci, Charles Ray, Jessica Stockholder, Luis Jiminez, Jenny Holzer, Faith Ringhold, and Burt Barr, to name only a few.
Facilities The Sculpture + Expanded Practice Area is housed in a 5,900 square foot sculpture building which contains fabrication space with assorted tables, hoists, and cranes; metal working equipment; modern two furnace foundry and support equipment; plaster area; conference room; and a fenced sculpture yard.
In the adjacent Seigfred Hall, the Sculpture + Expanded Practice Area has two rooms dedicated to semi-private graduate studios (approximately 250 square feet for each student) and faculty offices. Seigfred Hall also contains the School of Art + Design's wood shop & tool room. The wood shop is available for use to all School of Art + Design students, and is an instructional space for sculpture classes. The shop contains a wide variety of stationary and hand-held power tools for cutting, shaping and bending woods and plastics, an industrial sewing machine, and an extensive collection of specialized hand tools, jigs, and clamps.
Explore topics like:
- Casting, persona, performance, ethnicity, identity, environment
- Bio-narrative, structure & alchemy
- Interactive installation, technology, coding
- Alternative processes such as, 3-D printing, laser cutting, vinyl cutting
- Aesthetics, place, ecologies, collaboration
- The role of design in sculpture practices, materiality and sustainability
- Politics, social practice, entrepreneurship
- Pedagogy and professional practices in Sculpture
Recent graduates are now actively participating in the art field by attending Fullbright programs, working as artist's assistants, and showing their work across the US and abroad in noteworthy exhibitions. Our graduate and undergraduate students have found employment as professors and visiting artists at colleges and universities, as artists in public schools, and as museum and gallery workers across the US.
Areas of focus include:
- Professional gallery representation; site-specific public works
- University teaching positions
- Fullbright awardees
- Arts administration/museum and/or non-profit positions
- creative director, studio technicians, industrial design
- Gallery manager, owner, curator, exhibition designer
- Art writer, librarian or consultant
- Studio assistant