The Sculpture & Related Genre Program is a concept-based studio program driven by contemporary art theory and practices.
The curriculum promotes a personalized visual inquiry that employs a wide range of material and process solutions, as well as exploring community experience. Course work includes basic skill development, experimentation, research, rigorous critique and group process. Students are asked to explore their potential by developing intelligent creative expressions that can be a dynamic part of the cultural dialogue.
Sculpture Studio course work begins in the sophomore year by building on the Foundations Program’s introduction to working in multiple dimensions. Students engage with concept-generated projects while gaining command of specific sculptural techniques and processes by mould making and multiples, wood work (including power tools), and metal processes (including welding). Sophomores also begin experimentation with a range of alternative materials and process that support current practices in contemporary art.
During the junior year, Sculpture students are introduced to concepts revolving around the decentralized object, installations, site specificity, and performance, as well as extending sculptural materials to include light, sound, motion and the environment.
The senior Sculpture Studio experience focuses on self-directed projects leading towards the BFA exhibit. Seniors engage in personalized research of sculptural concepts in support of the development of their Senior Project. Individual student tutorials and guidance are given bi-weekly in their senior studio workspace.