Sculpture

Advanced workspaces

Sculpture students are introduced to a wide spectrum of techniques and processes, which include metal fabrication, casting, woodcarving, construction, resins, plastics, and stone carving, as well as work in nontraditional materials. As interest and opportunities arise, the equipment, materials, and methods available for you to explore will continue to expand.

Public art projects

Herron’s sculpture program has a long history of working with the Indianapolis community and students often have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of public works of art through the Basile Center. Guided by experienced faculty, you will conceptualize and develop artworks for businesses, nonprofits, healthcare facilities, communities, and government agencies.

I one-hundred-percent love and fed off of just how involved the professors were at Herron – both in their own practice and in what they gave to the students.

Stacey Holloway (B.F.A. Sculpture ’06), assistant professor of sculpture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
A student cuts pieces of denim fabric.

Foundation studies

Your first year at Herron focuses on skills that are crucial to your success in art and design school. You will explore basic principles and techniques, as well as your own historical, cultural, and personal influences as an artist or designer.

Learn more about foundation studies

Facilities

As a sculpture student, you will spend most of your time in Eskenazi Fine Arts Center. Nearly anything that can be imagined can be created in our facilities by employing traditional, emerging, and experimental approaches. You can explore sculptural objects and installations as well as public and social art practices.

  • Bronze and aluminum foundry
  • Woodshop with SawStop table saw, arm saw, panel saw, band saws, miter saws, sanders, and hand working tools
  • Metal fabrication shop with 30-foot ceilings, 5-ton hoist/bridge crane, JAWS IV ironworker, drill press, cold saw, slip roller, sandblaster, welders, grinders, and pneumatic hand tools
  • Project room with CNC plasma cutter, stone and tile saw, and walk-in spray booth
  • Furnaces, casting, and mold-making with decompression chamber for rubber and silicone
  • Kilns and wet belt sander for glass
  • Sewing and serger machines
  • Dedicated areas for digital media
  • Access to the Think It Make It Lab as well as ceramics, photography, and printmaking facilities

Professional opportunities

Whether you go on to open your own studio or work in a related field, your education will prepare you to work with custom fabrication, fine art casting and welding, and large public art projects.

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Sculptor
  • Public artist
  • Installation artist
  • Studio owner
  • Metal fabricator
  • Shop supervisor
  • Museum or gallery preparator
  • Art handler
  • Educator or instructor
  • Set or exhibition designer
  • Model maker
  • Toy designer
  • Foundry specialist
  • Prosthetic artist

Faculty

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Nicholas Cox

Adjunct Instructor

Emily Freese

Emily Freese

Adjunct Instructor

Greg Hull

Greg Hull

Interim Dean, Valerie Eickmeier Professor in Sculpture, Professor

Elizabeth Jorgensen

Elizabeth Jorgensen

Adjunct Instructor

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John McCormick

Adjunct Instructor

Michelle Peterein

Michelle Peterein

Visiting Lecturer

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Tre Reising

Adjunct Instructor

Katie Schroeder

Katie Schroeder

Adjunct Instructor

Jared Cru Smith

Jared Cru Smith

Safety Curriculum Manager, Sculpture Shop Manager

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