Diversity and interaction are the cornerstones of our internationally recognized sculpture intensive in our studio arts program. We aim to provide a life-learning experience that promotes artistic growth among students of different aesthetics and viewpoints and encourages interdisciplinary conversations with other members of the school's thriving artistic community.
Our faculty consists of vital artists of national reputation who maintain an active studio experience. Discussions in study and critique go beyond the traditional setting; on- and off-campus exhibitions and our visiting artists program bring students and faculty together.
The outstanding facilities include workshops for traditional and contemporary applications, including those for metal casting and fabrication, plastics, and a state-of-the-art wood shop. Graduate students are assigned private studios, and project spaces and galleries are dedicated to the showing of student work.
We were ranked no. 20 among the top 20 sculpture programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2013 specialty rankings for Best Graduate Schools in Fine Arts.
Sculpture is located in Comstock Art Facility (ComArt), which is also home to art education, ceramics, jewelry and metalsmithing, and print media and graphic art. The spacious sculpture facilities provide dedicated workshops for such processes as metal casting, fabrication, and welding; wood and stone carving; clay; plaster; resins; and plastics, along with a state-of-the-art woodworking shop. We also offer ample workspaces for assembly, project spaces dedicated to installation and performance, gallery spaces for student exhibitions, outdoor casting and large-scale fabrication capabilities, semi-private studio spaces for undergraduate students, and private studio spaces for graduate students.
Throughout the year the School of Art welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these artists, designers, and educators, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth. Past guests have included Diana Al-Hadid, Doug Ashford, Bonnie Collura, Petah Coyne, Keith Edmier, Allan McCollum, Patricia Phillips, Tom Sachs, and Susan Stockwell.