The BFA in Fine Arts prepares you for a lifetime of artistic pursuit; whether your passion lies in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, or new media. (Banner image by Hayley Coleman, Sophomore, Fine Arts)
The Fine Arts Program is designed for you to be immersed in studio disciplines such as; drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. You will gain traditional skill-sets and tools while integrating and applying this knowledge to theory, philosophy and conceptual development.
Through experimentation, iteration and production, you will learn to hone your craft while developing a more sophisticated lexicon and range of abilities to better articulate ideas and interests. Artistic goals and intellectual growth are supported by exposure to Art History and Contemporary Visual Culture.
Through interactive critique and juries, you will be adequately prepared to present your art as a professional contributing to Visual Culture. With dynamic interdisciplinary studios, you will create in an environment that will broaden your perspective and feed personal insights. You will establish a professional level of research and practice to take your work to unexpected levels as you move forward in a professional career.
Undergraduate Fine Arts students work closely with a faculty of working artists who share their knowledge and experience to assist and advise you in discovering your own creative path and artistic potential. Critiques with faculty members and visiting artists will enrich your studio experience by providing objective points of view and fresh ideas. Instruction features include exposure to methods of academic and technical research, sound studio practice, digital technology, and new media.
The Fine Arts program's expanding work space includes a professional printmaking studio with five presses for etching, woodcut, and lithography, a state-of-the-art wood shop, a plaster-casting room, a figure sculpture studio, and a ceramics studio with three kilns. Senior Fine Arts students have their own work spaces and a two-floor exhibition space exclusively reserved for student shows.
This course introduces a broad range of strategies and materials for figure sculpture. Figure-derived compositions will be constructed, often at life size, and sometimes as group projects. Some themes the class will take on are: life casting and additive processes, abjection and hybridization, wholeness and fragmentation, inside/outside the body and installation, and theatrical tableaux.
This versatile print medium takes a collage approach to creating the printing plate. Thin layers of paper, fabric, tape, gesso, and carborundum are adhered and sealed to heavy mat board or Masonite, and printed intaglio or relief. This course introduces carborundum prints and polyester silk prints, as well as a more painterly approach using gesso, glue and modeling paste.
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