Brad Allen, Director-School of Art, Associate Professor
Brad Allen is a sculptor, installation artist and faculty member at the School of Art at The University of Montana. Brad continues extensive research into contemporary approaches in metal casting and fabrication. This research includes sitting on panels at the 4th International Cast Iron Art Conference in Ironbridge, Telford, England and the Western Cast Iron Art Conference held in Denver, Colorado, 2008. His recent work includes installations, public commissions, and video.
Fishing is great. I approach art making like fishing. In order to truly connect with an audience I am responsible for not only an intriguing visual presentation, but also a hook-like conduit to the content held within the conversation. This conversation is kept fluid but most recently includes discussion of “western-ness” and the value/worthlessness of work. All mediums are considered.
I teach traditional sculptural processes with a focus on how the finish and choice of material can communicate. These processes including extensive training in pattern and image duplication, fabrication, and carving. At the same moment however, my students are required to utilize these skills within a contemporary art historical context. I place heavy value on the development of the student’s ability to express content at all levels of study, and see a true opportunity for students to learn tangible skills while engaging in content-based research.
M.F.A. Southern Illinois University, Illinois, 2005
B.A. Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, 2001