MFA: Sculpture Concentration
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in art with a concentration in Sculpture is a 3-year program. Graduate students in the Sculpture area are expected to demonstrate a broad knowledge of sculptural practices, techniques and fabrication skills. At the graduate level, students should also have an in-depth knowledge of art history and contemporary issues related to art. The program welcomes and encourages a broad range of approaches to making sculpture including: installation, metal and nonmetal casting, object and martial based explorations, assemblage, performance, video, 3D printing and more.
Graduate students in the Sculpture program will find themselves in an environment that is rigorous but supportive. We promote experimentation and want students to question what it means to make art today. Students are pushed to further develop their conceptual and technical approaches to making sculpture. Ultimately, students aim to create works rooted in an individual's methodology. Sculpture graduates also have the privilege of working in large private 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 master.
Assistant Professor Cody Arnall and Associate Professor William Cannings, working with Landmark Arts in the School of Art, organized the 2018 Texas Sculpture Symposium (TxSS) which took place February 9th-10th, 2018. The keynote speakers were Wafaa Bilal, Associate Arts Professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist. The TxSS has a long history reaching back to the 1970s. Past symposiums have been hosted by the Sculpture Network of Texas at various venues across Texas. Notable TxSS guest lecturers include: Mel Chin, Judy Pfaff, James Drake, Ken Little, Francis Whitehead, Jesus Morales, and James Surles.