Sculpture, Installation & Site-Work [SIS]
The SIS area embraces a challenging and constantly evolving definition of sculpture. Innovative and traditional materials, concepts and processes are explored in abroad spectrum of classes.
SIS offers students the opportunity to:
- Experience the materiality and making of 3-dimensional objects
- Value process as a way of discovering the capabilities of media
- Articulate the dynamics of architectural space
- Integrate artistic practice with eco systems
- Investigate the conceptual dimensions of digital and virtual environments
- Examine the potential of rapid prototyping and digital fabrication
- Explore the animate nature of human computer interaction
- Celebrate the mechanics of kinetic forms
- Appreciate the difference between permanence and transience
- Recognize the possibilities of dematerialization
SIS engages in interdisciplinary activities both on and off campus, with events such as the Solar Decathlon and contextual practice in neighboring communities.
Foundation courses provide choices in an exploratory experience with mediums and approaches from modeling and constructing to kinetic and interactive. The core curriculum for SIS encompasses the material and conceptual breadth of contemporary sculpture, while retaining its connection to long-standing artistic traditions. Each student is given the opportunity to individually tailor his or her course of study by choosing four of the eight core offerings.
In the first semester, students elect two courses from among clay, metal, woodworking and welding. Second semester options include kinetic sculpture, mixed media, multiple production and contextual practices. During this introductory year, students are provided with an exploratory experience, that introduces the materials, equipment and mediums of the four areas they select. Theory and practice are interwoven throughout the program.
Advanced courses focuses on in-depth study and individual practices and allow students to develop both artistic breadth and depth. Intensive courses are offered in a range of mediums and practices. At the same time, the curriculum embodies the expanding field of sculpture and facilitates artistic engagement with a broad range of partners, both within and outside the University.