University at Buffalo
Department of

Art

Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

Sculpture B.F.A.

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Scent, Sound, Form, Systems, Space/Time, Organic/Inorganic, Permanence/Ephemerality, Bio-mimicry, Prosthetics, Kinetics, Robotics…

Sculpture is a fluid field of endless material possibility and can exist in multiple dimensions … no longer defined as pure form but as an inter-play of assembled forms involving a broad range of techniques and media. In order to provide our students with the means to better navigate an ever-changing cultural landscape, the Sculpture concentration emphasizes inter-disciplinarity and encourages conceptual/critical growth and material-based inquiry framed within an awareness of history and theory.

Students are encouraged to experiment and question artistic conventions and develop critical approaches to evolve a personal vision to fuel their aspirations. Sculpture students explore the nature of materiality through traditional object-making skills such as mold-making, welding, fabrication and foundry work, as well as through contemporary site-specific strategies and environmental or socially-conscious investigations, performance and time-based media.

The Sculpture program’s shop and work spaces encompass an area of roughly 7400 sq. ft. which includes a project space of 1000 sq. ft. These shop areas include a fully equipped wood working shop, metal working shop, substantial foundry and bronze casting facility as well as wax working and mold making areas. We also feature a laser cutting lab sporting an 18″ x 32″ bed and capabilities to cut chipboards,wood and acrylic up to 1/4″ thick. The wood shop houses a table saw and panel saw, 20″ planer, two band saws, two drill presses, a compound mitre saw, belt and disc sanders and a router table. In the metal shop we have a tig welder, mig welder, plasma arc cutter, oxy/acetylene torch, 48″ x 16 gauge metal shear, 30″ x 16 gauge sheet metal break, horizontal band saw, cold metal bender,  bench grinders and cut off saws. In the foundry we have two 650 lb tilt furnaces, 100lb speedy melt furnace, 36″ ceramic shell dipping tanks, a large scale wax burn out kiln and a wax working station. There are also five graduate studio spaces — each 160 sq. ft.

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