Iowa is respected worldwide for its sculpture and intermedia programs, with notable alumni such as Charles Ray (1953-), Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), and Ana Mendieta (1948-1985).

Iowa's intermedia program—the nation's first interdisciplinary art program—was established in 1968 by Hans Breder (1935-2017), who is celebrated as an originator of intermedia art.

Today, our faculty continue to lead the sculpture and intermedia disciplines, exhibiting internationally—including in biennial Faculty Art Exhibitions on the UI campus—and lecturing widely.

Sculpture and intermedia facilities

Facilities for sculpture work

We offer top-tier sculpture facilities that are second to none in our Visual Arts Building (VAB) that opened in 2017. Our faculty and students have 24-hour access to studio spaces. Additionally, there are six galleries for booking exhibition space.

In our shop facilities, sculpturers can investigate both traditional and experimental approaches to materials and processes. We have a dedicated lab for research and experimentation with installation, projections, or performances. The flexibility of the area allows you to produce handmade paper and work with a 6'x4' vacuum table. We also have three sewing machines for those who work with fabrics. Wax and plaster rooms allow for learning about these materials and all their possibilities for casting and forming. In the woodshop, there is equipment and hand tools to address all of your 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. A sizeable sandblasting cabinet and spray booth are included. Sculpturers 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, there is 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.

Facilities for intermedia work

In our program, we offer top-tier intermedia facilities, including state-of-the-art Mac-based labs support high-definition video production and 5.1 channel surround sound engineering.

Video projectors, Smart TVs, HD and 4K Canon cameras (both video and DSLR), Rode microphones, Lowel light kits, Tascam audio recorders, speakers, high-capacity external hard drives, tripods, and other accessories are available for checkout by our faculty and students.

We share digital printing facilities with graphic design and offer gallery, project, and studio spaces for the development and presentation of new work.

Visiting artists in sculpture and intermedia

  • 2024

    Santiago Cal, Lecture

  • 2023

    Catalina Ouyang, lecture
    Cassils, lecture sponsored by the UI School of Art and Art History DEI Committee

  • 2022

    Allan Wexler, lecture
    SANELA JAHIC, lecture

  • 2021

    Rashaad Newsome, lecture
    Henrique Oliveira, lecture
    Esperanza Cortes, lecture

  • 2020

    Mahwish Chishty, lecture

  • 2019

    Chico MacMurtrie, lecture

  • 2017

    Wafaa Bilal, lecture

  • 2015

    Shanai Matteson and Colin Kloecker, "Public Art, Place and Purpose"
    Eduardo Kac, lecture

  • 2014

    Laurie Jo Reynolds, with collaborators from Tamms Year Ten
    Matt Freedman, lecture

  • 2012

    Anthony Castronovo, "SyZyGy: Alignment of Heavenly Bodies" lecture series

  • 2011

    Gina Badger, lecture
    Ashley Hunt, artist talk and performance of "Notes on the Emptying of a City"
    John Grade, lecture
    Diana Al Hadid, lecture

  • 2010

    Dr. Steven Kurtz, "Fear and Cultural Production" lecture
    Sam Gould of RED76, lecture
    Marisa Olson, lecture
    Kristin Jones, lecture

  • 2009

    Sara Black of the artist collective "Material Exchange," lecture
    "People Powered," lecture
    Molly Mason, "Sun and Shadow" lecture
    Robin Hill, lecture

  • 2008

    Analía Segal, lecture

  • 2007

    Victoria Palermo
    Willie Cole

  • 2004

    El Anatsui

Sculpture and intermedia faculty

Portrait of Isabel Barbuzza

Isabel Barbuzza

Professor of Sculpture and Intermedia
Area Head, Sculpture and Intermedia
SAAHD Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
This is a picture of Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Associate Professor
Area Head, Sculpture and Intermedia
This is a picture of Tony Orrico

Tony Orrico

Assistant Professor