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Encompassing 10,000 square feet of studio space, the sculpture studio provides an ample area for woodworking, metal fabrication, mold making and casting, as well as a critique/lecture room and individual MFA and BFA studio spaces. Sculpture students have access to a wide range of equipment that includes welding and metal fabrication tools, woodworking machinery, video and sound equipment and a computer lab for digital video/sound editing, 3D modeling, and robotic programming. Students also can access other studios, such as the digital fabrication laboratory and wood studio, via elective course work. A large dock area and indoor rotunda provide space for student display of experimental and installation art.


The main sculpture studio serves all art majors and is open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. Students who declare a BFA in sculpture are granted an individual studio and access until 2 p.m. every day. MFA Studios are semi-private and located in a separate room in the sculpture studio. Graduate students have access to their studios seven days a week and have full access to all equipment after tool orientation.

Local Resources

Materials are readily available at hardware stores locally and from sources throughout the New York City area. Nearby art destinations include Dia:Beacon, Storm King Art Center, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Art Omni, Wassaic Project, Mildred's Lane, and Mass MOCA. The BFA and MFA Thesis exhibitions are exhibited in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, located on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.

Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Throughout the academic year, SUNY New Paltz invites several visiting artists, historians, designers, and critics to campus to meet with students, critique their work, and share their thoughts and insights. Our proximity to New York City allows us to attract a diverse list of exemplary figures including:

Alfredo Jaar

Andres Serrano

Ann Hamilton

Arthur Danto

Audrey Flack

Carolee Schneeman

Coco Fusco

Dave Hickey 

David Levi Strauss

Donald Kuspit

Elizabeth Murray

Fred Wilson

Glenn Adamson

Gregory Crewdson

Haim Steinbach

Janine Antoni

Jim Jarmusch

Judy Pfaff

Lucy Lippard

Martin Puryear

Mel Chin

Nato Thompson

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Diana Al-Hadid

Petah Coyne

Robert Crumb

Tim Rollins and KOS

Ursula von Rydingsvaard

Vito Acconci

The Yes Men

and many more.


Equipment for the Sculpture program includes:

Wood Tools:

  • Table Saw
  • Crosscut Saw
  • 2 Band Saws
  • Compound Miter Saw
  • Panel Saw
  • Drill Press
  • 2 Stationary Sanders
  • Router

Metal Tools:

  • 2 ton Overhead Hoist
  • 2 Mig Welders
  • Tig Welder
  • 5 Oxyacetylene Torches
  • 3 Arc Welders
  • Metal Bending Brake
  • Jump Shear
  • Plasma Cutter
  • Nibbler
  • Roller
  • Electric Shear
  • Spot Welder
  • Horizontal Band Saw
  • Chop Saw

Other equipment:

  • Comprehesive Set of Powered and Carpenter Hand Tools
  • 3 Kilns
  • Bluebird Clay Mixer
  • 3 Edirol Sound Recorders
  • 5 Minidisc Recorders
  • A 3 CCD Digital Video Camera
  • 2 Sony TRV-17 MiniDV Video Cameras
  • Nikon D-90 Digital Still Camera
  • 2 Video Projectors
  • 1 Macbook Pro
  • Standard 35mm Film Camera


24 hour access via electronic access.


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