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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