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Program Overview

In our sculpture program, you can embrace a broad interpretation of the medium and investigate a wide range of materials, processes and contexts to find those that best suit your particular mode of expression. You’ll be encouraged to consider time, space and site when creating your work. 

At all levels of instruction, we focus on improving your ability to communicate through three-dimensional form, utilizing the most appropriate methodology and materials available. To facilitate this approach, we introduce you to a breadth of materials and processes and cultivate your understanding of contemporary developments in fine art through engagement in sustained research.

Sculpture made of wood and wire on display in Coburn Art Gallery

Learning Experiences

Your learning experience will progress as follows:

  • In your beginning classes, you  focus on learning creative and technical processes, as well as formal language, materials and referential communication. 
  • In your intermediate classes, you go deeper to extend your abilities in using and understanding sculptural processes, materials and ideas.
  • In your advanced coursework, you define a distinct topic and learn to articulate the relationship of your artistic practice to art history, theory and contemporary culture.
Steel sculpture on display at Coburn Art Gallery

Sculpture Facilities and Equipment

  • Multiple MIG welders - large and small
  • TIG welder
  • Stationary and portable metal chop saws
  • Plasma cutter
  • Oxy-Acetylene set
  • Bronze and aluminum casting facilities
  • Plaster room
  • Glass slumping kiln
  • Compressed air system
  • Woodworking equipment
  • Outdoor work area
Sculpture - "Tornado" by Melissa Daubert

Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be approximately 5,900 openings for craft and fine artists each year, on average, from 2021 to 2031, with many of those openings resulting from the need to replace artists who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force. The median salary of a craft or fine artist in 2021 was $49,960.

Contact Information

Daniel McDonald, MFA
Chair of the Art + Design Department, Associate Professor of Art
227 Center for the Arts