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Graduate student work: Tobias Fike
Graduate student work: Tobias Fike

Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice

Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice at the University of Colorado-Boulder encourages an experimental and interdisciplinary approach to art making. Our curriculum synthesizes a commitment to the studio and the community, emphasizing the interplay between concept, material, and context. The program encourages various approaches to the creation of new works from concept to realization. Our courses explore the development of participatory and object-based works, ephemeral activities, public and installation art, and socially engaged, collaborative and site-specific approaches. Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice is dedicated to fostering a nurturing environment for the discovery of new and diverse possibilities that exist in the contemporary art realm.

The faculty work one on one with students to help develop each individual’s ideas and work based on individual, historical, and theoretical perspectives. Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice faculty represent varied points of view, however each is thoroughly committed to helping develop students into creative, ambitious, and engaged artists.

The Art & Rural Environments Field School is an intensive off-campus course designed for students interested in the intersection of art and the rural environment. The Field School experience puts students in touch with various rural landscapes and focuses on site and context-based approaches to art creation. While living and working together in rural environments and on the road, students create site-interpretation artworks exploring various mediums including photography, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing, as well as dialogical projects, social actions, and collaborative experiments.

Based out of the University of Colorado-Boulder, sessions are open to both CU students and students from further afield. For students from other universities: in most cases the 6 hours of Art Practices course credit will transfer to the home institution. This is an advanced or 4000 level course and is also open to graduate students at the 5000 level. Fieldwork for the 2016 session (May 09-27) will take place throughout the American High Plains, the Rocky Mountain Range, and sites in Northern Arizona.

To register or find out more information please visit the Art & Rural Environments Field School Website.

Facilities: The Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice Area features 7 private graduate studios (approximately 250 sq. ft. each), two studio classrooms dedicated to undergraduate courses, a 1500 sq. ft. communal studio dedicated to advanced undergraduate majors, a 450 sq. ft. critique and seminar room, a 2500 sq. ft. metal fabrication shop with state-of-the-art equipment and ventilation system, a 600 sq. ft. non-ferrous metal shop, plaster room, outdoor workspace, and opportunities for off-site project space throughout Colorado. Sharing the 2nd floor of the VAC with the Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice Area is a fully equipped and staffed Woodshop that includes a leading edge and well-maintained assortment of stationary power tools, portable power tools, and hand tools. The Woodshop also oversees a laser printer, hotworks room, spray booth, and CNC machine.

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Area Faculty

Yumi Janairo Roth

Yumi Janairo Roth

Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice
Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton

Sculpture and Post-Studio Practice