School of Graduate Studies
Dr. Terry McKelvey
Edinboro University’s MFA in Sculpture program offers time, space, and challenging yet supportive feedback to pre-professionals who seek to work in the broadly defined discipline of sculpture. Only a limited number of candidates are accepted, providing students with both the focused attention of an intimate program and the advantages of a large, diverse department.
Graduate students receive individual studio spaces and unlimited access to our sculpture facilities, which includes equipment for woodworking and metal fabrication, a ceramic shell facility, a forge and a foundry.
The sculpture faculty represents a wide variety of interests, experiences and ranges of expertise. We are receptive to a broad range of expression and pride ourselves on an inclusive approach to art making. The student work here is widely varied, and we are especially supportive of work that defies standard categories.
Visiting artists routinely lecture on our campus each semester. These lectures and demonstrations add variety and depth to our already comprehensive course offerings. Many visiting artists work directly with students. Each year interested students and the University organize field trips to the nearby cultural centers of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo, as well as Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC and New York City. In addition, graduate students have access to funding for travel to view art work, install shows and participate in conferences through the Graduate Professional Development program.
On campus, the student-run Bates Gallery exhibits thirty solo and group shows of student work each academic year. Every spring, an outside juror selects works and monetary prizes for the Bruce Gallery’s Annual Student show.
Graduate students also are encouraged to actively participate in the local art community to build both their knowledge base and their portfolios. Edinboro students enjoy numerous regional venues for exhibiting their work, including the Annual Erie Art Museum show, the Meadville Council on the Arts, summer public art events, and galleries in Meadville and Erie. Some students exhibit their work in group shows in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland, as each city is about 100 miles from Edinboro. The Spectator, the student newspaper and the Erie Times News are receptive to publishing well-written student reviews of exhibitions.
Admission to the MFA program guarantees a graduate assistantship .
If you’re researching graduate programs, you should know that we offer an affordable alternative to private school education. We encourage inquiries, and along with contacting the Office of Graduate Studies, prospective candidates are welcome to speak with us directly, by calling the Art Department at (814) 732-2406 and asking for the sculpture faculty’s office hours.
Find full details on the Master of Fine Arts page.
60 credits: 30 in sculpture, 6 in a secondary studio area, 9 in art history/theory, 12 in electives and 2 in the MFA seminar and thesis exhibition. For full details, see the Masters of Fine Arts page.