The Sculpture program in the School of Art has a dual-purpose mission.The first goal is to provide students with specialized knowledge of how sculpture is made and the unlimited ways space can be altered.The second part of our mission is to foster an environment where the communication of ideas through the use of sculptural avenues is paramount.The sculpture curriculum is attentive to both the desires of our students, and to the shifting scope of contemporary sculpture.
As our needs change, our ways of makingarelikewise fluid.Our program houses and supports diverse processes such as carving, casting, digital fabrication,mold-making, assemblage, installation, performance, site-work, and modeling. Materials include resin, stone, metal, wood, textile, earth, plaster, rubber, among many others.
Sculpture is anchored by a 4,500 square-foot ventilated, open-plan studio classroom, an equally large outdoor sculpture yard, a small gallery, and a work area at the University’s experimental Lubrecht Forest site.Graduate and BFA student semi-private studios are adjacent to the classrooms with access to all equipment.
Metal Fabrication Area: MIG, TIG, ARC, Plasma Cutter, Oxy-Act rigs, Vertical Metal Band saw, Chop Saws, Sanders, Industrial Sand Blaster, hand tools, pneumatic tools, Ventilated welding tables, grated cutting tables, auto darkening hoods, leathers provided.
Wood Shop Area: SawStop Table saw, Planer, Joiner, Spindle, Band saw, Belt sanders, Sliding compound miter saw, Panel saw, Saw horse sets, hand tools, power tools.
Wax/Shell Room: Industrial wax double boiler with faucet, metal surfaces, grated surface, plaster bin, plaster table, wax sheet molds, wax sprue molds, cabinet storage, drying rack with fans, divided ventilated dusting cabinets, all appropriate hand tools.
Mold-making Area: 200 lb. capacity Cement Mixer, 100 lb. capacity Cement Mixer, sand storage, Resin drum station, heavy-duty molding table, 10’ x 8’ x 2’ storage shelves, Chemical storage cabinet, all appropriate personal safety gear, 10’ x 10’ rolling 2-ton gantry, pallet jack, straps, banding machine, mold clamps, core wash sprayer, overhead bay door to level concrete outside.
- Commercial fabricator
- Designer (product, space, object)
- Modeler (animation, prototype, maquette)
- ARTZ 251 Sculpture I
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Installation
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Fabrication
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Public Projects
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Performance
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Ecological Responses
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: The Figure
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Site Work
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Blacksmithing
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Wood/Stone
- ARTZ 351 Sculpture II: Composites
- ARTZ 492 Independent Study in Sculpture
- ARTZ 451 Advanced Research in Sculpture
Majors also take…
- Foundations courses.
- Art courses across SVMA, such as Painting & Drawing, Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking, or Media Arts.
- Art History courses.
- Theory and Criticism courses.
- University General Education courses.
Majors earn either a B.A. or a B.F.A in Art (concentration in Sculpture). Throughout your studies, we encourage you to take classes across all areas in SVMA.
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