The sculpture program offered by the Texas Tech University School of Art embraces both formal and conceptual approaches to the making of sculpture. The philosophy practiced by the faculty acknowledges the importance of technical skills and the necessity of a broad conceptual base from which to develop a personal vision. The sculpture program offers a comprehensive undergraduate degree plan and a three-year graduate program to assist students in developing their potential. Excellent facilities support the program.
Student development is additionally bolstered by a strong visiting artists program at the School of Art. Each semester the Speakers Series presents scholars and artists working in various media and practices, including sculpture, who present talks and provide constructive critiques of current student work. Students in the program are encouraged to conceive and create art projects beyond the confines of their studios.
Independent projects, installations and performances are created by students in the Sculpture Alternative Space, outdoors in proximity to the Art Bulding and at various off-site venues including Lubbock First Friday Art Trail Venues and in Marfa during Chinati Open House Weekend. Collaborations with students from other arts within the School of Art or with the Lubbock community are strongly encouraged. Each spring, for example, William Cannings’s kinetics class engages in an “art bike” project that establishes a dialogue between the TTU sculpture students and Visual Studies students working with students from one or more area middle schools. The project culminates in a bike parade in conjunction with an exhibition of bikes made by youth from the local lowrider car clubs. Exchange of ideas among peers is also emphasized.
Lead faculty member, Sara Waters, working with William Cannings and the Landmark Arts office in the School of Art, revived the Texas Sculpture Symposium (TSS) concept in 2004 after nearly two decades of dormancy. Presented at the centrally located TTU Junction Center Campus in Junction, Texas, the 2004 Texas Sculpture Symposim (7th) brought together 100 sculpture professionals and students from throughout the state for a weekend of presentations and discussions, a live iron pour, slide reviews and general interactions. Click here for the report from the 7th TSS.
The Sculpture Network of Texas, which organized at theend of the 7th TSS, now organizes the annual symposium, which is attended by TTU faculty and students. In fall 2006, Waters again co-chaired the 9th TSS, this time working with Greg Metz, Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas to present a lively group of sessions which included Mel Chin as the Key Note Speaker.