Sculpture

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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 facility is likewise fluid.  Our program houses and supports the following processes/mediums: Carving, Fabrication, Assemblage, Installation, Performance, Public Sculpture, Site Work, Time-based Work, and Ecologically Responsive or Science-Based Work.

Our curriculum supports:

  • Casting of composites (plastic, resin, rubber, stone, paper, metal, earth),
  • Carving (stone, wood, foam, clay, plaster),
  • Modeling (wax, water-based clay, oil-based clays, plaster, concrete, adobe)
  • Mold-making (resin-bonded sand part molds, resin-bonded sand burn-outs, plaster, brush-on rubber, cast rubber, fiber-glass/resin, alginate)
  • Fabrication (wood, metal, plastic, joined dissimilar materials, found objects, textiles, stone, concrete form work, additional assemblage-based processes)
  • Performance  (rotating course in Sculpture II: Special Topics, related course in Drawing II, theater space if necessary, installation space available, Art Live public performance site tour)
  • Public Sculpture (rotating course in Sculpture II:  Special Topics, outdoor exhibitions both in course and community based, placement on campus possible)

Facilities

Space includes 4,500 square feet of studio, an equal amount of outdoor area and a small gallery. Also included in our functioning space is a work area at the University’s experimental Lubrecht Forest site.  Total Facilities include:

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, Ventilation

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, Ventilation throughout

Teaching space:  25’ x 45’ classroom with four industrial tables, vices and clamps mounted on tables, one metal surface, 25 stools, Slide screen, portable chalk board, Microwave, Blender, stereo, three tier 8’ long shelves @ 2’ deep for student work in progress, eye wash station, industrial sinks, open floor space, outdoor courtyard storage space, covered outdoor work area, open outdoor work tables, portable bench vices

Studio Space:  Each MFA candidate working in the Sculpture Area will be provided a semi-private, non-shared studio on the ground floor in the same building.  Included is 24-hour access. 
Each undergraduate, after passing the B.F.A. review and indicating a specialization in Sculpture, will have privileged access to a shared semi-private studio inside the Sculpture Area

Glass Equipment:  24” x 20” x 24” digital Paragon annealing kiln, supports kiln forming, kiln casting, furnace casting and cold work.  (NO BLOWING.) Toyo cutters, Circle cutters, snips and runners, strip cutter, wet tile saw, wet belt sander, wet diamond shaper, supply of sheet, billet, frits, and powders, and diamond 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

 

Faculty & Staff

Cathryn Mallory, Professor, Sculpture Division Head
Brad Allen, Associate Professor, Worklab @ IF
Trey Hill, Associate Professor

Courses

  • ARTZ 108 Visual Language: 3D
  • ARTZ 251 Sculpture I
  • ARTZ 351 Sculpture II 
  • Special Topics in:  Installation, Fabrication, Public Projects, Performance, Ecological Responses, The Figure, Site Work, Blacksmithing, Wood/Stone, and Composites
  • ARTZ 492  Independent Study in Sculpture
  • ARTZ 451  Advanced Research in Sculpture
  • ARTZ 551  Graduate Studio Sculpture