Sculpture Department

Bonnie Brenda Scott
Holy Family, 2013
Room Installation

Sculpture Department Philosophy

The Academy functions as a creative bell jar, an environment to explore, define, and develop potential. The process of questioning is the personal conduit to the comprehension of our social, political, and moral environment. Sculpture is produced through the continual evolution between idea and form that embodies this spirit of inquiry. The Sculpture Department can be defined as an attempt to instigate changing perceptual experiences through three dimensions. The intent is to learn about one’s own work through criticism, dialogue, and interaction with individuals pursuing related goals with equal intensity. Artists work within a context delineated by the cultural, ideological, and political systems of their time. A critical grasp of historical issues and iconography is essential to extend and provoke the parameters of contemporary art.

Program

The departmental emphasis is upon studio production with a full-time commitment to the expansion of ideas. The curriculum centers around individual and group critiques with the head of the department, visiting artists, curators, and critics. All students are given reading and writing assignments, to research and explore contemporary art issues. These readings and writings mirror issues raised by visiting artists, the Artists-in-Residence, and student concerns.

Facilities

The Sculpture Department is housed in a 6,500 square foot complex, comprised of individual studio spaces and shared work facilities. Equipment for metal fabrication includes M.I.G., T.I.G., Arc and oxy-acetylene welders, hydraulic shear, brake, slip roller, and pneumatic tools.

Facilities also exist within the Sculpture courtyard to provide a safe environment for the experimentation of epoxies and polyester resins, fiberglass, and plastics. Two 12’ x 15’ cross draft booths, equipped with outside air breathing systems, are part of this facility. Wood construction is also easily accomplished due to the department’s direct proximity to the Academy Woodshop.

Jennifer Catron A Feat of Extraordinary Nature: The Ballad of Newnimals and Vegemals, 2009 Performance, Newnimals - taxidermied ram, goat, bear, deer (all modified), Vegemals - hybrids of mice and plastic vegetables, 156” x 120” x 144”

Jennifer Catron
A Feat of Extraordinary Nature: The Ballad of Newnimals and Vegemals, 2009
Performance, Newnimals – taxidermied ram, goat, bear, deer (all modified), Vegemals – hybrids of mice and plastic vegetables, 156” x 120” x 144”

Russell Borne Thank You Roni Horn, 2013 Video installation, wood

Russell Borne
Thank You Roni Horn, 2013
Video installation, wood

Anthony Warnick The Modern Baptism, 2013 The Body of the Artist, Water A performance in which I baptized myself to modernism.

Anthony Warnick
The Modern Baptism, 2013
The Body of the Artist, Water
A performance in which I baptized myself to modernism.

Erin Shapiro I WIN! Performance still, Variable dimensions

Erin Shapiro
I WIN!
Performance still, Variable dimensions

Paul Outlaw Paul’s Bodega, 2008 Performance, Convenience Store Products and Equipment, 9’ x 8’ x 5’

Paul Outlaw
Paul’s Bodega, 2008
Performance, Convenience Store Products and Equipment, 9’ x 8’ x 5’

Andrew Schmidt
Frequency Chamber, 2013
POSCA Paint Markers on Wall, Marker, Pen and Ink on Paper, Magnets, Nails

Jamie Solock Berth video installation

Jamie Solock
Berth
Video Installation

Evelyn Lewis Drop Your Nets, 2013  Ceramic figurines, plastic mesh produce bags, rope, string, 6 X 9’

Evelyn Lewis
Drop Your Nets, 2013
Ceramic figurines, plastic mesh produce bags, rope, string, 6 X 9’