At UArts, you'll learn from faculty who are skilled working artists, in a city with more outdoor works of art than any other city in North America: Philadelphia is an aspiring sculptor’s extended classroom. The vibrant gallery scene, artists' cooperatives and many museums showcase the work of national, international and local artists.

UArts' Sculpture program is a concentration in our Bachelor of Fine Arts program, so while you'll be immersed in study in the study of sculpture, you'll also have the opportunity to study multiple disciplines and collaborate with students in other programs.

Our Sculpture facilities are comprehensive and include air tools for carving, a foundry for bronze and aluminum casting, a wood and fabricating shop, a complete metal shop for forging and welding, and a mold-making shop and a studio for figurative study.

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Meet UArts

Andrew Smith headshot
Andrew Smith

'19

Sculpture (BFA)
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Halle Ballard head shot
Halle Ballard

'18

Sculpture (BFA)
Hometowns: Nashville and Philadelphia
Ciara Wright sculpting a clay figure on Broad Street in Philadelphia
Ciara Wright

'18

Sculpture (BFA)
Hometown: Berwick, Maine

In the Fine Arts major, you'll study under a variety of talented practicing artists: from sculptors to painters to photographers and more.

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A headshot of Laura Frazure
Laura Frazure

Sculpture (BFA)
Award-winning sculptor whose work has been exhibited internationally
Mark Campbell '74 headshot
Mark Campbell

Sculpture (BFA)
Artist and educator whose work has been exhibited nationally
Michael Grothusen; medium closeup of a man wearing a denim shirt and a blue jacket
Michael Grothusen

Sculpture (BFA)
Mixed-media sculptor and installation artist, exhibited at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sample Courses in the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Sculpture

First Year
Drawing: Objects + Space
Drawing: Natural Forms + The Human Figure
Image/Time
Color
Object/Environment
Found & Fabricated

Second Year
Sophomore Projects
Expanded Materials
Sculpture Studio I: Fabrication
Sculpture Studio II: Perception

Third Year
Sculpture and the Body 
Installation: Immersive Environments
Junior Projects/Discourse
Contemporary Issues 
 

Fourth Year
Advanced Sculpture
Fine Arts Thesis Groundwork
The Artist’s Manifesto
Professional Practices
Fine Arts Thesis Studio

 

About the Curriculum

In Sculpture, our curriculum is based on research, studio experimentation, artistic invention and daily practice. Your personal vision and innovation will anchor the development of your work. In Sculpture, you will be prepared to make significant cultural contributions for gallery and museum exhibitions, public spaces and diverse communities.

Students who complete the Fine Arts Major with an emphasis in Sculpture will:

  • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking through the development of a distinct and personal approach to art making informed by contemporary issues and historical precedents.
  • Demonstrate critical and conceptual development through research and analysis, applying readings, theories and methodologies toward the production of critically informed artworks.
  • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as practicing artists, entrepreneurs, and productive citizens, including further study at the graduate level.
  • Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the thoughts behind their choices and decisions concerning content and strategies.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a number of advanced techniques in their individual studio practice, including a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

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The structure of this curriculum educates the Fine Arts student in an environment that allows for either deep study in a single discipline or the option of commingling multiple disciplines. It deepens the student’s cultural and intellectual understanding of the world around them, and prepares them to contribute to the field of sculpture at a high level after graduation.

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Megan Smock BFA '20 (Sculpture)
Megan Smock

BFA '20

Sculpture (BFA)
Artist and educator who's interested in site-specific installation, bookmaking, ceramics and more
Pap Souleye Fall BFA '17 (Sculpture)
Pap Souleye Fall

BFA '17

Sculpture (BFA)
Senegalese-American artist who's participated in the Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art
Corinne Sandkuhler BFA '20 (Sculpture)
Corinne Sandkuhler

BFA '15

Sculpture (BFA)
Multidisciplinary artist who designs and creates custom art installations and fixtures for retail display
Ryan Berardi headshot
Ryan Berardi

BFA '14

Sculpture (BFA)
Medical artist specializing in the making of medical and anatomical artwork
Frank Hartman in white shirt and khaki pants, brown diamond pattern tie, NASA ID badge, holding notebook
Frank Hartman

BFA '92

Sculpture (BFA)
Mars Rover driver for NASA
A headshot of Kay Schimert BFA ’85 (Fine Arts/Sculpture). Photo Credit: Zack Garlitos
Katy Schimert

BFA ’85 (Fine Arts/Sculpture)

Sculpture (BFA)
2020 Guggenheim Fellow, artist and educator

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