School of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Art with a concentration in Studio Art and an emphasis in Sculpture (Sculpture) offers students a comprehensive program embracing both formal and conceptual approaches to making Sculpture. Students benefit from a strong community within the School of Art and form a strong sculpture student cohort.
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. Courses include Beginning Sculpture, which covers metal fabrication, welding, wood working and mold making; Intermediate Sculpture topics that range from Technology and Installation to Foundry and Kinetics; and Independent Studies. Excellent facilities support the program.
Facilities and Technology
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, private undergraduate student studios, and sculpture technology studios with projectors, 3D printers and a vinyl cutter. The Sculpture Alternative Space and a Sculpture Experimental Space serve as clean studios and critique spaces. Tool rooms are outfitted with hand tools and electric hand tools needed for all sculptural practices. A large Art Shop with full woodshop equipment, laser cutters, additional 3D printers, and a CnC router round out the facilities for students to learn, hone, progress, and master.
Aluminum and bronze casting capabilities
Large burnout kiln, sandblaster, forge furnaces, blacksmithing equipment, trip hammer
Metal Fabrication Studio
MIG, TIG and gas welding setups
Sculpture Alternative Space
Large installation space
Utilized for critiques of student projects, performances, instruction, lectures, and exhibitions
Sculpture Experimental Space
Utilized for large in-progress sculptures and critiques
What Sets Us Apart?
Independent projects, installations and performances created by students go on display in the Sculpture Alternative Space and outdoors in proximity to the 3D Art Annex. Each semester the advanced/intermediate 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.
Associate Professor Cody Arnall and Associate Professor William Cannings, working with Landmark Arts in the School of Art, present the Texas Sculpture Symposiums (TxSS) every few years. These events include guest speakers, exhibitions, and various participatory studio events. The TxSS has a long history reaching back to the 1970's.
TxSS keynote speakers in 2018 were Wafaa Bilal and Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist. Guest speakers included Pedram Baldari, Nooshin Hakim and Loren Schwerd who also curated the TxSS exhibition FEMINUM. The 2023 TxSS keynote speaker was Jessica Stockholder. Guest speakers included Jose Villalobos and Bethany Springer. There was also a panel discussion between exhibiting artists included in the exhibition Betting on the Sun curated by Bethany Springer.
APPLICATION TO FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION
While enrolling in Art Foundations, students will apply for a field of specialization in ceramics, jewelry design, metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, printmaking, Sculpture, or transmedia. Applications consist of a portfolio of work completed in the Art Foundations courses. Fields of specialization will conduct periodic reviews to evaluate student progress.
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