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Sculpture and Functional Art

About

KCAD’s Sculpture and Functional Art program fuses traditional sculptural techniques with rapidly evolving transdisciplinary approaches to facilitate creative spatial problem solving and deep exploration of the space between fine art and everyday aesthetic objects. Students work with metal, wood, clay, plastic, and mixed and multi-media forms to investigate and express original ideas, becoming versatile makers and innovators who transcend perceived boundaries to discover new and dynamic approaches to shaping space and engaging senses.

As a student in the Sculpture and Functional Art program, you’ll learn to fuse traditional sculptural techniques with rapidly evolving transdisciplinary approaches to facilitate creative spatial problem solving from a multitude of different perspectives. As you design, sculpt, cast, carve, and perform, you’ll learn how to work with metal, wood, clay, plastic, mixed media, and emerging technologies to express original ideas. In discussing different degrees of physicality – digital space, objects, performance, and architectural installation – you’ll discover that form and concept are inseparable. The program also invites you to investigate and redefine ways in which art functions, addressing the potential impact of art on our global, creative climate.

You’ll also round your education out with a wide range of general education and art history courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and inspire new creative expressions. KCAD’s flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.

As you progress through the Sculpture and Functional Art program, you’ll develop technical proficiency in a broad array of sculptural techniques, from wood and stone carving to metal, wood, and clay fabrication to various casting techniques, that will expand your creative problem solving skills. You’ll also gain a sense of self-confidence that will motivate you to experiment boldly and push the boundaries of your creative practice. Ultimately, you’ll become a versatile maker and innovator who is capable of transcending perceived boundaries to discover new and dynamic approaches to shaping space and engaging senses.

 In KCAD’s Sculpture and Functional Art program, traditional boundaries among disciplines become immaterial, as mastering traditional skills parallels exploring innovative technologies and modes of creating. The program’s faculty work to tailor your educational experience for you based on your aspirations.

As a graduate of the Sculpture and Functional Art program, you’ll be well positioned to pursue a career as a studio artist, either independently or with gallery representation. You’ll also be prepared to leverage your technical, critical thinking, and creative problem solving skills as a curator, creative director, special effects artist, woodworker, model maker, gallery owner, exhibit designer, or set designer.

Many Sculpture and Functional Art graduates chose to further develop their skills by pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree or by seeking opportunities such as artist residencies or grant-funded projects.

As a Sculpture and Functional Art student, you’ll learn and experiment in spacious classrooms with plentiful natural light. You’ll also have access to private personal studio spaces and communal exhibition spaces equipped with expansive display walls and track-lighting. A spacious and well-equipped woodshop, supervised by an experienced technician, is also at your disposal, with over 30 pieces of equipment including table saws and a fully-ventilated walk-in spray paint and glue room. You’ll also have access a wide variety of ceramics facilities, including a clay mixing room, clay sculpture studio, glaze room, and kiln room; a metals sculpture studio featuring mig and tig welding equipment, hydraulic shear, hydraulic slip roller, hydraulic iron worker, metals band saw, metal disc sander, large high-speed metal lathe, pneumatic planishing hammer, and more.

Elsewhere on campus, you’ll have access to KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an innovative cultural institution hosting exhibitions of such contemporary artists and designers as Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Judi Werthein; The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more; the KCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly journals; and much more.

KCAD also regularly brings visiting artists to campus for guest lectures, critiques, and workshops, and offers a number of summer travel/study experiences as well as internships during the academic year and the summer. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue work in a variety of settings, such as professional fine art studios, museums, and community arts organizations, to name a few.

 

Information

View the 2021-2022 KCAD College Catalog for a list of current courses. 
 

Robert (Bob) Marsh M.F.A.

PROFESSOR

Jaimie Watson M.F.A.

PROFESSOR, PROGRAM CHAIR

Natalie Wetzel M.F.A.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

As a graduate of the Sculpture and Functional Art program, you’ll be prepared to inject beauty into unexpected places, prompting exploration and discovery of the inimitable appeal of art in the third dimension in a wide variety of careers. The work of sculptors has traditionally surrounded us in museums, public gardens, city centers, galleries, office buildings, and in homes.

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