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Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture + Expanded Practice

Sculpture + Expanded Practice — Master of Fine Arts

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

Career opportunities

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
  • Artist-in-residencies
  • 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


All faculty in the Sculpture + Expanded Practice area are working artists who exhibit actively and serve as visiting artists and lecturers at colleges and galleries across the country. Ohio University and the Sculpture Department are committed to the creation of a diverse community of artist scholars.

The faculty of the Sculpture area have an impressive collection of professional accomplishments including two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, three Regional NEA Rockefeller Foundation New Forms grants, and seven State Arts Board Grants, as well as both public and private permanent public art commissions in several cities around the US. Their work has been reviewed in major newspapers across the country and in both regional and national art magazines. Members of the sculpture faculty have been selected to participate in prestigious residencies, including Art Park in upstate New York; The Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Ragdale Foundation, Chicago; and Sculpture Space, Utica, New York.

“Both Art and Teaching can be acts of generosity-- an earnest sharing of those things cared about--an eager receptivity to what we don’t yet understand.”

Connect with us

If you’d like more information about the Sculpture + Expanded Practice program, reach out to Professor Duane McDiarmid.

Duane McDiarmid
Area Chair,
Sculpture + Expanded Practice
(740) 566-6470


  • Applying to the program

    M.F.A. in Sculpture + Expanded Practice

    For application into the M.F.A. in Sculpture + Expanded Practice, both a Graduate College (online application) as well as School of Art + Design, Sculpture Area application must be received. Please adhere to the following check-list in preparing both of these areas of application. Applications must be postmarked by February 1.

    Online Application:

    Make your online application through OHIO Graduate College
    Apply Here

    Application Fee--$50 for US Citizens, $55 for International
    (credit card or electronic check only)

    Letter of Intent/Statement of Purpose
    Artist Statement
    Three Letters of Reference

    You can upload most application materials directly to the online application. We recommend you use this option to ensure your materials are kept together with your application. The application also hosts a secure online recommendation system.

    (1 Official Set of Transcripts)

    Send transcripts to:
    OHIO Graduate College
    Research & Tech Building
    2nd Floor, Room 220
    Athens, OH 45701

    Portfolio / Artistic Work Samples

    Through the online application service at

    20 examples of artistic work with Information about each artwork
    $10 SlideRoom application fee

    Note: NO MATERIALS other than your official transcripts should be sent through standard mail. Portfolios on CD or DVD will not be considered.