Power Surge by D.W. Martin
Studio Arts - Sculpture students learn to model, cast, carve and fabricate objects using a range of materials and found objects. The sculpture facility is equipped to support a broad range of materials explorations, and includes a complete foundry. The studios are broadly accessible and feature monitored equipment hours.
Regular undergraduate and graduate critiques help foster an understanding of how an artist’s choice of materials, scale and level of craft inform the image, and how these attributes communicate meaning. Visiting artists and critics offer additional perspectives, while demonstrating their personal ways of thinking about art, about building a career, and explanations of how they have fashioned a creative life.
Sculptors explore space (and time) using traditional and contemporary materials and processes. At Edinboro the broadest range of expression is welcomed. Carving, modeling, casting, and fabrication in clay, plastics, wood, stone, cement, bronze, aluminum, steel, paper, fabric and found object - as well as time based works - are created. Four sculpture faculty offer a variety of perspectives. All emphasize the development of individual ideas and direction. Occasional visiting artists and critics offer additional feedback. Upper level and graduate students are awarded 24 hour access and graduate students are provided with private or semi-private studio space.
The key benefit of a sculpture minor is the opportunity to embrace an inter-disciplinary practice while gaining a deeper awareness of contemporary and historic art-making. Beginning courses foster technical skills in metalwork (welding, bending, rolling and cold fabrication); in wood (cutting, carving, joining); in casting (aluminum, bronze, wax and plaster); and simple fiber construction. However, juniors and seniors are encouraged to embrace their own particular focus and may choose any tradition (from objects to installation) or any medium (from printmaking to video) or a contemporary practice such as performance or social sculpture. This expansive and welcoming approach naturally enhances any student’s major area of study.