Sculpture Area Overview
The Sculpture Program is an open laboratory for the investigation and manipulation of the world around us. The exploration begins with the physical world of objects and materials and extends through the conceptual realm of ideas and cultural dialogue. An inter-disciplinary approach allows for all forms of creative expression and encourages collaboration and hybridization in the practice of art. A well-equipped facility, a diverse faculty of reputable artists, an active visiting artist program and strong connections with Houston's vibrant art community provide a lens into the world of contemporary sculpture.
BFA in Sculpture
Students preparing for the sculpture program are encouraged to explore a range of artistic disciplines. Fundamentals and processes courses provide knowledge in the tools, techniques and formal principals underlying the production of sculpture. Intermediate and advance level classes expand the conceptual understanding of sculpture through a variety of topics and artistic practices. Critical feedback and discussions on contemporary issues in art encourage the development of personally meaningful and critically viable work in all classes.
Further development of individualized work is facilitated by an intensive three semester "block" of Jr. and Sr. level studio courses. Sculpture majors at this level are provided studio space and personal instruction by area faculty. Group critiques and class discussions provide a dynamic atmosphere for critical discourse. Lectures by visiting artists and exposure to Houston's vast resource or Museums, Gallery's and non-profit organizations further enhance the undergraduate experience.
Sculpture majors with a studio art GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for internships in area museums, alternative spaces and galleries including DiverseWorks Artspace, Lawndale Art Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts. Interns learn about the operation of for-profit and non-profit institutions by working as gallery assistants, curatorial and research assistants, and in educational programming and preparations departments. Students generally earn three Related Arts credits for the successful completion of an internship. Specific information regarding eligibility, requirements and opportunities is available from the sculpture area at the time of class registration.
UH's strong ties to the Houston art community provide an abundance of educational as well as professional opportunities. Check out the following sites:
- The Art Guys
The Community Artists' Collective
The Contemporary Arts Museum
The Core Program
Lawndale Art Center
The Menil Collection
The Museum of Fine Arts
The Orange Show Foundation
Project Row Houses
Rice Art Gallery
Southwest Alternative Media Project
Women's Caucus for Art
The Art League
The Artcar Museum
Aurora Picture Show
Buffalo Bayou Artpark
Houston Arts Alliance
Visiting Artists / Critics / Curators:
On average the sculpture area brings in 4-5 visiting artist, critics, curators and arts professionals each semester. Through lectures, critiques, workshops and site-specific projects, students are exposed to a variety of artistic perspectives and provided first hand experience into professional art making practices.
Past Visiting Artists Include: Ed and Nancy Kienholtz-Reddin, James Surls, Mel Chin, Pat Olezsko, Daniel Martinez, Donald Lipski, The Art Guys, Tony Preminger, Patrick Dougherty, Repo History, Herb Parker, Nils Udo and Luis Jimenez.