Studio Art


a student working on a sculpture


The sculpture program is designed to provide for creative exploration into the aesthetics and philosophies of working and building in three dimensions. Through the examination of material and process, we discover and consider our curiosities and observations of the world around us. We are an evolving and diversified media area whose approach to creative solutions is founded in both traditional and contemporary sculptural investigation. Focusing on the creation of tangible objects and the importance of craftsmanship, planning, and presentation, we prepare our students to be productive professionals and responsible community citizens. Read what our alumni say about our program here.


As sculptors, we ask and offer answers to questions that stem from our own personal aesthetic perspectives based on unique and individual approaches to three-dimensional problem-solving. Entry-level coursework is designed to introduce students to the foundations of material and process as applied to the making of tangible objects. Intermediate courses build upon student experience with a variety of mediums and techniques and explore conceptual evolution. Advanced students focus on developing a coherent body of work that demonstrates confidence and clarity in craftsmanship and content and prepare them for successful completion of the senior thesis exhibition.

Thinking of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in Sculpture? Here is a sample four-year plan for the BFA in Sculpture.

Career Opportunities

  • Sculptor
  • Studio Assistant
  • Studio/Shop Technician
  • Foundry Specialist
  • Fabrication Specialist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Patina Specialist
  • Arts Educator: K-12 & College/University
  • Education Administration
  • Gallery/Museums Exhibition Coordinator
  • Gallery/Museum Preparator
  • Gallery/Museum/ Theatre Set Design
  • Carpentry Specialist
  • Welding Specialist
  • Digital 3D Modeling & Design
  • Architecture
  • Interior & Spatial Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Blacksmith
  • Millwright/Machinist
  • Jeweler/Stone Setter
  • Art Therapist
  • Construction & Renovation
  • Entrepreneur


Arts technicians in the woodshop

Our metal fabrication shop, foundry, and woodshop are staffed by highly qualified arts technicians with studio degrees from UA and extensive experience in a variety of skills.

The sculpture facilities, classrooms, and work areas are centrally located on the main UA campus in four separate buildings: Woods Hall, the Bureau of Mines 4 & 5 (BOM), and the Art Graduate Studio Building. The sculpture facilities encompass both interior and exterior work areas which total 16,445 square feet. Learn more on our facilities page.

Contact Us

For information about applying, visit our Prospective Students page or call us at (205) 348-5967. Thinking of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) major in Sculpture? Here is a sample four-year plan for the BFA in Sculpture.

Sculpture Faculty and Staff

Sculpture Alumni

Pat Hoban, MFA 2019
  • Jonathan Lanier, BFA 2019, UA foundry assistant
  • Sam Joslin, BFA 2019, MFA candidate in sculpture, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.
  • Jamie Reschke, BFA 2017, project coordinator, Chauvet Arts, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Kelly Shannon, MFA 2016, art education coordinator, Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Meredith Knight, MFA 2015, assistant professor of sculpture, Alabama State University
  • Ali Jackson, BFA 2015, art teacher, Storm Grove Middle School, Vero Beach, Fla.
  • Amber Jones Triggs, BFA 2015, artist, art business owner, Humble House Studios, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Adam Hill, BFA 2012, owner/founder of Ferrea Iron and Design, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Chelsea Lloyd, BFA 2008, volunteer coordinator, Knoxville Museum of Art, Tenn.
  • Brittany Armistead, BFA 2007, assistant director, Creative Services, Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, Ala.
  • Barbara Kilgore, MFA 2005, art instructor, Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Ala.
  • Paul Outlaw, BFA 2004, artist, co-founder and co-owner, The Factory NYC, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Mario Gallardo, MFA 2003, executive director, Walnut Gallery; fine arts coordinator, Gadsden State Community College
  • Michael Dudley, BFA 2002 (Yale, MA, architecture 2005) art teacher, Mountain Brook High School, Mountain Brook, Ala.
  • Read what these alumni have said about our program.

Sculpture News

Read about the research and creativity of our students and faculty:
Craig Wedderspoon, "Oval," in the 2018 exhibition "Art in the Garden: The Inaugural Sculpture Garden Installation" at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Ala.



UA Sculptor Hopes Work Will Encourage Peace, Mindfulness

Graduate student in sculpture Molly Lay has been awarded a Small Grant by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa for a Fellowship Project. Lay proposed to create a cast bronze public sculpture on the Riverwalk along the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa. The work will be of a pair of human feet placed together, with a

Flourishing in the Heart of Woods Quad

The UA Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden. The eight-foot-tall cast bronze crescent of camellias (Alabama’s state flower) is titled “Flourish,” and was designed and created by 2020 BFA major Ringo Lisko. Lisko’s design was selected to be the first created for

Sculpture Grad Student Wins National Scholarship

Sculpture graduate student Molly Lay was awarded the Leslie and Francis Posey Foundation Graduate Art Scholarship in 2021. The Posey Foundation awards scholarships to qualifying full-time graduate-level art students who are majoring in painting or sculpture. The application is open to international and U.S. students. Lay has been working in sculpture for several years and