Sculpture and Expanded Media
The Sculpture and Expanded Media program encourages proficiency in foundational methods of making-modeling, carving, and assembly - as a springboard to learning how to communicate ideas through sculptural works. Although sculpture classes are rooted in the history of object-making, new forms of sculptural practice such as installation, time-based practice, sound and kinetic works-are all part of our comprehensive 3-D program.
The sculpture program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach for making dimensional and spatial work. Students learn to work in traditional materials as well as expanded media, including installation art and time-based practices such as sound, video, participatory and socially engaged art. The Center for the Visual Arts facilities include a woodshop, metal shop, plaster and clay studios, a digital fabrication lab, and an outdoor workspace, allowing sculpture students to fully explore figure a wide range of approaches, strategies and techniques that will assist students in defining what it means to be an artist and a maker in the 21st century.
The Bachelor of Arts program in Studio Art offers students a more generalized course of study and the opportunity to pursue a minor. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Studio Art with a concentration in Sculpture and Expanded Media is a pre-professional degree intended to prepare students for graduate study.
Degree information and requirements:
The school offers the Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Expanded Media. Students are accepted into the program based on the quality of their portfolio, a demonstrated commitment to artistry and an indicated grasp of dimensional form. A broad range of materials is available to students involved in object-making including wood, stone, clay, plaster and wax as well as the tools and materials needed for various forms of metal fabrication. The school has multiple gallery spaces available for students to pursue works of installation, video and performance.
Isabel Farnsworth is head of the sculpture and expanded media program and Eli Kessler is full-time faculty.