Studio Art

Sculpture

a student working on a sculpture

Overview

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.

Curriculum

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

    Joe McCreary and others pour molten metal at the UA art department foundry
    Joe McCreary (MFA 2011) and others pour molten metal at the UA art foundry.
  • Architecture
  • Interior & Spatial Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Blacksmith
  • Millwright/Machinist
  • Jeweler/Stone Setter
  • Art Therapist
  • Construction & Renovation
  • Entrepreneur

Facilities

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.

 

 

Sculpture Students Craft Unique Benches for Hospital

Professor Craig Wedderspoon and his sculpture students were featured recently in a Desktop News story about the unique benches they have built and installed at Hill Hospital in the west Alabama town of York. The benches, made from pressure-treated pine and steel, were designed by recent interior design graduate Rebecca Miller. The design Miller came

MA Thesis Candidate Presents Sculpture Show at Northport Nature Trail

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History presents the MA thesis exhibition of Molly Lay, titled Time and Tension, April 1 through May 27, 2022. Lay’s exhibition of sculpture will be installed along the trail at Munny Sokol Park in Northport, Alabama. In her statement about this work, Lay writes that she

Alumna Sculptor Opens Solo Exhibition at Harrison Galleries

UA BFA alumna Ringo Lisko will present a solo exhibition of her recent sculpture, Vessels of Paranoia, at Harrison Galleries, opening with a First Friday Jazz Reception, January 7, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The show will be open through January 30, 2022. Lisko said that she draws inspiration “from the body, sensuality and awareness,”