The Sculpture Area in the School of Art + Art History at the University of Florida supports an experimental and transdisciplinary approach to studio art based on the conception of sculpture as a practice that has expanded its field of influence to incorporate the realms of installation, video, and performance art. Students are encouraged to consider the physical manifestation of artworks as well as their specific cultural contexts of production, display, and distribution as central to their interpretation.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in sculpture is designed to promote a serious investigation into all facets of contemporary sculpture including history, theory, technical processes, conceptual strategies and formal issues specific to the study of sculpture. The sculpture program encompasses a wide range of media and methods from traditional to experimental. We encourage and direct the development of the individual student through a process of creative inquiry in the belief that learning is deepened through the cycle of conceptualization, realization and critique.
The undergraduate sculpture curriculum is structured to introduce students to concepts, basic design principles and formal issues in the 2000-level courses. Conceptualization is deepened at the 3000-level where specific advanced technical skills and a diversity of materials and processes are introduced. Historical traditions and contemporary issues are incorporated into the design of each project assignment through readings, writings, lectures and slide presentations. Students are encouraged to work across media and to incorporate ideas and materials from other classes into their sculptural work. At the 4000-level, or senior year, advanced sculpture students are expected to begin to formulate their own creative inquiry based upon their own interests, ideas and concerns resulting in a coherent body of work and professional exhibition. This body of work is not confined to traditional materials or processes. Many students choose to focus on performance, installation, video, or public art as the main vehicle of their advanced sculpture work. At the 4000-level, sculpture students are also introduced to the requirements of a professional career and guided in the building of a professional portfolio including resume, artist statement, professional quality slides, publicity materials, and reviews.
The graduate sculpture program is a professional studio program designed to further the conceptual development, aesthetic presentation, technical skills, and career goals of the M.F.A. candidates in sculpture. The main objective of the program is directed toward the creation of works of art culminating in a significant body of work.
Graduate students may choose to work within any medium and to direct their study to any three-dimensional specialization such as installation, performance, public art, environmental sculpture, or any of the studio practices. No particular style, aesthetic, or theoretical approach is stressed over any other. Students are encouraged to learn other disciplines and to integrate those practices into their sculpture.
The Sculpture Area has three large individual studios for graduate students within the sculpture facility, one private studio in Yon Hall, and the use of two courtyards for large work. The Sculpture Shop consists of a wood shop, metal shop, and foundry. Equipment includes the following: AC/DC arc welders, MIG and TIG welders, plasma cutter, electric spot welder, oxyacetylene cutting and welding equipment, overhead chain fall, stationary sandblaster, portable sandblaster, metal roller, metal brake, metal shear, bench grinders, drill presses, table saw, planer, joiner, wood lathe, three vertical band saws and one horizontal band saw, belt and disc sanders, foundry furnace for bronze and aluminum casting, gas powered kiln for lost-wax, gas-fired forge, anvils and swage blocks in addition to a large assortment of small electric and hand tools. The Sculpture Shop is fully equipped with all the technology needed for metal fabrication and wood construction. Graduate students in Sculpture have unlimited access to the facilities.