Sculpture

Defy time + space

Sculpture at the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design incorporates all media and encourages interdisciplinary work and experimentation. The curriculum offers a diverse range of perspectives driven by a highly adaptive and rigorous studio environment. Students are encouraged to challenge sculptural paradigms, explore materiality, and seek advanced avenues of research. We nurture masterful makers and resourceful artists.

Diverse spaces, materials + creations

Located in the McCalla School—one of the oldest schoolhouses in Bloomington, built in 1906—and the Studio Arts Annex, the sculpture facilities include private B.F.A. and M.F.A. studios, an exceptional wood shop, a large-scale metal shop, an active foundry, an area for stone carving, and computers. Sculpture facilities encourage experimentation in new and emerging mediums while providing a solid foundation in traditional forms of sculpture such as wood, metal, and clay.

Because of this, students can create with a variety of materials in diverse environments—enabling them to take risks and challenge limitations.

A person using a blowtorch on metal.
A large outdoor sculpture.
A person works on a sculpture of a face.

B.F.A. + M.F.A. studios

B.F.A. and M.F.A. sculpture students are provided individual studio spaces with 24-hour access in the McCalla School building. Shared communal spaces provide sinks, shelving, and work tables. There is full access to both an extensive woodshop and a metal shop facility. The graduate studios are large—spanning 700 square feet, with a wall of windows—and accommodate two students.

Tools + equipment

Metal Shop
  • Mig welders
  • Hobart Handler 100 (3)
  • Miller 211
  • Millermatic 250
  • Tig welders
  • Miller Syncrowave 350
  • Hobart Tigwave 250
  • Oxy Acetylene welders (3)
  • Miller plasma cutters (3)
  • Baleigh cold saw
  • Chop saw
  • Horizontal band saw
  • Vertical band saw
  • Hossfeld metal bender
  • Finger brake sheet metal bender
  • Additional metal benders and rollers
  • Drill press (2)
  • Bench grinder (3)
  • Disc grinder
  • Angle grinder
  • Die grinder
  • Rockwell metal cutting lathe
  • Sandblasting station
Extended media and computer lab
Mac workstations:
  • Mac Pro Desktop
  • iMacs (3)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
Printers:
  • Epson WF-7510
  • Lexmark Impact 5305
  • Lexmark X2650
Digital cameras and camcorders:
  • Panasonic HC-900M (3)
  • Sony HDR CX330
  • Canon G16 (2)
  • Canon Rebel XSi
  • Zoom H4N Audio Field Recorder
  • Optima Pico Pocket Projector PK120

Digital Projectors (3)

Sewing machines:
  • Singer Simple
  • Singer Futura
  • Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1
Wood Shop
  • SawStop safety table saws (2)
  • Dewalt chop saw
  • Dewalt miter saw
  • Additional chop saws available to borrow (3)
  • Band saws (4)
  • Dewalt scroll saw
  • Wall-mounted panel
  • Saw planers (2)
  • Rockwell jointer
  • Disc sanders (2)
  • Grizzly belt sander
  • Powermatic mortiser
  • Kreg routing table
  • Rockwell drill press
  • Drills and cordless drills available to borrow
Active Foundry
  • New burnout kiln
  • Bridge crane
  • Speedy melt furnace
  • Forging station
Other equipment
  • 4x8 Foot CNC Routing Table
  • Flashforge Creator Pro 3D printer
  • Trotel Speedy 100 Laser Cutter
  • Industrial and digital sewing machines

Make + think

The expanding area of sculpture challenges students to broaden their approach by exploring emerging technologies, installation, and interdisciplinary work in conjunction with traditional skills and media, such as welding and foundry practice.

Visiting artists and curators

Through the McKinney Visiting Artist Series and Sculpture Guild, the sculpture program hosts nationally and internationally recognized artists to meet with students, present their work, and give workshops and individual critiques.

Some of our past visiting artists include:

View upcoming visiting artists

Alumni making their mark

A sculpture in the snow.

Devin Balara

Devin Balara is a Florida native whose sculptures convey themes of nature and domestication. She is a recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Her work is currently displayed in the Mist Gallery Online Exhibition and the Culturehall Online Exhibition.

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