Sculpture - Investigations in Traditional and Digital Media

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Resident Faculty – Eli Kessler

Visiting Artists - Christopher Mahonski and Douglas Rieger

Participants in this two-week summer intensive will explore traditional hands-on sculpting processes along with digital sculpting techniques. Those enrolled in the course will work closely with the visiting artists and resident faculty to develop self-directed artwork. Resident artists and faculty will conduct a variety of demonstrations including wood carving, mold making, casting, and 3D computer-aided design. Participants will have access to the Sculpture wood shop, metal shop, mold making lab, digital fabrication lab and the School of Art computer lab. 

Non-credit Tuition Option - $1,100

Undergraduate and Graduate Credit: Undergraduate (3 credits); Graduate (3-4 credits). Standard tuition rates apply. More info available on admissions page (link below).

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Faculty and Visiting Artists

Eli Kessler

Eli Kessler

Bio: Eli Kessler approaches sculpture as a way to examine particular artifacts, rituals, and cultural phenomena. Within his process, ideology and iconography are cut up, rematerialized, and arranged in an attempt to find meaning. His work has led him to investigate methods such as metal fabrication, woodworking, video, casting, and digital fabrication. His work has been on view in Cleveland OH, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh PA, Newton MA, Tyler TX, Washington D.C., New York NY, and Venice, Italy. He earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and an MFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. Eli Kessler is currently an Assistant Professor in Sculpture and Expanded Media at Kent State University.

Website: www.elikesslerstudio.com

Chris Mahonski

Chris Mahonski

Bio: Chris Mahonski is a practicing sculptor and educator based in Richmond, VA.  He is currently an instructor and digital fabrication technician at Virginia Commonwealth University in the department of Sculpture and Extended Media. Chris Mahonski was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where he began collecting fossils at a young age. This early interest in geology and human interaction with landscape still informs his work. Through experimental processes, he looks for the possible forms our material culture might take as it persists into deep time. He has shown nationally and is a recipient of the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Art Professional Fellowship, Triangle Arts Residency, 7-Below Residency, and Mountain Lake Biologic Research Station Residency. Chris received a BFA in Sculpture Tyler School of Art and an MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from VCU.

Website: www.christophermahonski.com

Douglas Rieger

Douglas Rieger

Bio: Douglas Rieger is a practicing sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn NY. His work is aggressive and languid, utilitarian and abstract. It has a perversity, and humor giving it a muddy sexuality that blends the body and the mechanism. His sculptures are not meant to fit a logic, they are a dialogue between machine and operator. Douglas received a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. 

Website: www.douglasrieger.com