Students seeking a BFA in Art – Studio Art with an emphasis in Sculpture, will find a comprehensive program embracing both formal and conceptual approaches to making sculpture. The philosophy practiced by the faculty acknowledges the importance of honing technical, theoretical, critical and conceptual skills and developing a personal vision. The sculpture faculty believe professional practice is very important while obtaining an undergraduate studio art degree. Sculpture students work towards creating a portfolio, exhibiting and gaining practical skills that help them succeed in the art field upon graduation. Course topics include: Metal Fabrication, Mixed Media, Technology and Installation, Foundry, Kinetics, Senior Studio and Independent Studies. 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.
A metal fabrication studio with MIG, TIG and gas welding setups, metal casting facility and forges, plaster and wax room, resin studio, large paint prep and ventilated paint room, large mixed media studio, advanced undergraduate sculpture student studios, private graduate student studios, two computer rooms with three 3D printers and a vinyl cutter, Sculpture Alternative Space and an Experimental Space which serve as clean studios and critique spaces. Tool rooms are outfitted with hand tools and electric hand tools needed for all sculptural practices. A full woodshop, with laser cutter, round out the facilities for students to learn, hone, progress, and exceed.
Independent projects, installations and performances are created by students in the Sculpture Alternative Space and outdoors in proximity to the 3D Art Annex. Each semester the advanced sculpture students along with sculpture graduate students organize and hold exhibitions at various off-campus venues including Lubbock's First Friday Art Trail venues. Collaborations with students from other studio art areas within the School of Art or with the Lubbock community are strongly encouraged. These exhibitions include performances, installations, sculpture and video projection elements.
Assistant Professor Cody Arnall and Associate Professor William Cannings, working with Landmark Arts in the School of Art, are organizing the 2018 Texas Sculpture Symposium (TxSS), which will take place February 9th-10th, 2018. This year's keynote speakers are Wafaa Bilal, Associate Arts Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. The TxSS has a long history reaching back to the 1970's. Past symposiums have been hosted by the Sculpture Network of Texas at various venues across Texas. Notable TxSS guest lectures include: Mel Chin, Judy Pfaff, James Drake, Ken Little, Francis Whitehead, Jesús Morales, and James Surles.