The field of sculpture has undergone significant changes in concept, materials, and techniques over the last century. Traditional concerns have evolved to include site, language, sound, time, light, and movement, enabling our sculpture students to develop new ideas and approaches with their interactive installations, performance, video, and hybrid forms of art. Cross-disciplinary investigations and collaborations are encouraged. Our students benefit from coursework and independent study with professors in fields such as comparative studies, architecture, music, dance, theater, film studies, the sciences, 3D modeling, and animation. These experiences are expanded and supported through regular critical discourse at all levels of study that encourage an informed and evolving understanding of contemporary sculpture making.
The sculpture area provides facilities within an environment promoting exploration on many levels. In the Sherman Studios building, home to the Sculpture and Glass programs, students gain expertise in a wide variety of materials and processes as they advance through their degree studies. Sculpture students have their own woodshop, metal shop, mold-making shop, and video editing room within a wireless environment. Students have access to a gallery that is used for class critiques, student exhibitions, artwork experimentation and documentation. Graduate students and upper-level undergraduate majors share these common spaces. Graduate students are provided with individual or two-person studio spaces. Two large studios are shared by undergraduate majors.