Graduate Program in Sculpture
The Sculpture & Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa prioritizes conversation that invites multiple perspectives into the process of self-discovery and supports each student’s pathway through the field of contemporary ideas and art practice. Sculpture & Intermedia is comprised of two distinct disciplines that have a rich history and symbiosis in the School. This purposeful union enhances creative opportunities for students and fosters new avenues for research.
The Sculpture & Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa presents an interdisciplinary Sculpture studio practice where students explore ideas, concepts, techniques, materials, and processes while addressing the diverse world around us from a historical/inclusive perspective. We emphasize technical proficiency with the realization that each artist must take a unique approach to marry concept with aesthetic form. The Sculpture & Intermedia Program and the SAAH prepares graduates to comprehensively challenge prevailing practices in artistic expression, develop new ideas, and become creators and leaders in their chosen fields.
As a fluid and malleable practice, students are exposed to a broad spectrum of possibilities stimulating research to develop an upward learning path that relies on conceptual thinking and making. In Sculpture, we explore the essential relationships between concept, form, space, and the body to encourage students to work on installations, site-specific, objects, kinetics, video, performance and, robotics. At the same time, we offer bronze and aluminum casting, metal fabrication, or wood assemblage, all embodying interdisciplinary exploration in search of original content. Students work with faculty who are both exhibiting artists with an active studio practice. The program has a dedicated Instructional Services Specialist who is expert technician in the studio.
Graduate assistantships and competitive fellowships provide MA/MFA students with full tuition waivers and an opportunity to teach during part of their graduate study.
With three years of teaching experience our MFA students have a strong record of successful placement in faculty positions at many universities and colleges, including: Michigan Tech University, Houghton, MI; Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; Middle Tennessee State University, TN; North Park University, Chicago, IL; University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, WI.
In the Sculpture & Intermedia program, we offer top-tier Sculpture facilities that are second to none in our Visual Arts Building that opened in 2017. Our MA/MFA and BFA students have 24-hour access to their studio spaces. Additionally, there are six galleries through the School Art and Art History, where students can book exhibition space.
In our shop facilities, students can investigate both traditional and experimental approaches to materials and processes. Sculpture has a dedicated installation lab for sculpture student research and experimentation with installation, projections or performances. The flexibility of the area allows students to produced handmade paper and work with a 6'x4' vacuum table. Also, we have 3 sewing machines for students who work with fabrics. Wax and plaster rooms allow students to learn about these materials and all their possibilities for casting and forming. In the woodshop, students will find equipment and hand tools to address all of our student's needs.
The metal Foundry/Fabrication area has a wide array of hot metal fabrication processes available, including MIG welding, TIG, spot welding, manual plasma cutting, and a gas forge. Bronze, Aluminum casting, and ceramic shell are part of our foundry. Included are a sizeable sandblasting cabinet and a spray booth. Besides, students can cold form metal using our slip-roller, finger brake, and pneumatic shear or use metal lathes and milling machines, a cold saw, and many other tools in our machine shop. In our Prototyping Area, our students have access to an electronics lab and the latest computer-aided fabrication tools with CNC plasma cutter, 4x4 laser cutter, CNC router, 3D printing and Waterjet cutting.
Banner Image: JD Whitman, MFA 2019