The Sculpture department at SUNY New Paltz provides students with a broad foundation of technical, conceptual, critical, and professional skills to facilitate the execution of their ideas and careers. The Sculpture faculty encourage an interdisciplinary approach, and the Sculpture curriculum reflects the expansive breadth of mediums, techniques, content, and contexts inherent within contemporary sculpture practice.
Courses are offered in installation, site-specific sculpture, new media, and sound as well as traditional processes such as casting and welding/fabrication. Similarly, students are uniquely situated within the context of a liberal arts university to inform their sculptural practice through other areas of study. The Sculpture department at New Paltz invites students that are willing to challenge the conventions and parameters of the field while articulating an individual vision through experimentation, inquiry, rigorous making, and risk taking. The Sculpture facilities encompass 10,000 square feet of studio space. Individual studio space is provided for both graduate and undergraduate sculpture majors.
The State University of New York at New Paltz is located 90 miles (approximately 1 1/2 hours) north of New York City and proximate to other major sculpture sites including: Storm King Art Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, Art Omi, DIA:Beacon, and Mass MOCA. The abundant local resources as well as an extensive visiting artist lecture series provide students with comprehensive exposure to contemporary art.
The Art department has a well-established lecture series organized and sponsored by the Student Art Alliance.
Lecturers have included:
Eve Andree Laramee
Ursula Von Rydinsvard
Bread and Puppet Theater
Survival Research Laboratory