Contact Info

          School of Graduate Studies
          141 Butterfield Hall
          310 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2856
          Toll Free: (888) 845-2890
          Fax: (814) 732-2611

          Dr. Terry McKelvey
          Graduate Program Head
          Phone: (814) 732-1155

          Lisa Austin
          Phone: (814) 732-2908

          DW Martin
          Phone: (814) 732-2263

          Jim Parlin
          Phone: (814) 732-2915

          Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture

          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.

          Edinboro University’s MFA program in sculpture accommodates only a limited number of candidates, providing them with both the focused attention of an intimate program and the advantages of a large, diverse department.

          Facilities and Faculty

          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 and Growth Opportunities

          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 work also has been exhibited in the gallery space of our nearby StARtup Incubator.

          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.

          Graduate Assistantships

          Admission to the MFA program guarantees a Graduate Assistantship. For more information, click here.

          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.

          Graduation Requirements

          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.