Department of Art & Art History
The sculpture curriculum interfaces traditional and contemporary approaches to art making. It focuses on the history and theory of sculpture, and building critical thinking skills, while supplying the students with a foundation of materials, processes and technologies upon which they can draw as they develop their formal, physical, and philosophical terrain. Sculptural formats are varied, and include the object, installation, site-specific, and time-based work, in an autonomous environment, in which students can flourish individually, as they prepare themselves for a professional life in the arts. Outstanding senior sculptors are nominated to compete in the annual ISC (International Sculpture Center) Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award program.
The well-equipped DeBoer Sculpture building houses a woodshop that contains band and table saws, a radial arm and compound miter saw, planer, jointer, drill presses and sanders. There is a large general work area with five workbenches with vices, a tool cage with numerous hand tools and small power tools, high ceilings for monumental work, and a plaster area for casting and carving. The sculpture studio contains a unique gallery/classroom for installation and experimental work, as well as general critiques, a welding shop with oxy-acetylene and mig welders, a plasma-arc cutter, horizontal band saws, chop saw and grinder, and a ventilated casting/finishing room for working with silicone rubber, polyester resins, and other materials. There is additional work space in an enclosed courtyard that houses a metals furnace.
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