Students entering Tyler’s BFA program in Sculpture quickly find that they are part of a community of working artists. Faculty who are all practicing artists, graduate students in one of the School’s top-ranked MFA programs, visiting artists, critics, authors, gallery owners, and curators all play a significant role in exposing undergraduate sculpture students to the challenges and rewards of an art career. The program takes an open point of view to the practice of sculpture, with a solid emphasis on acquiring the practical skills necessary to build a lifelong career as an artist. “The openness of our area encourages hybrid interpretations of sculpture,” says Program Head Jude Tallichet. “Students work in a variety of media that range from wood and metal to sound, video, and performance. The incredible variety of media and diversity of coursework available to them is inspiring. The field has become more and more interdisciplinary, and through our approach we are preparing our students to enter the field as practicing sculptors.”
The rigorous program emphasizes critical thinking in all aspects of the creative process. Through both studio and seminar courses, faculty members present a range of skills and concepts essential to artistic development. Each semester, instructors expose students to a wide variety of contemporary viewpoints complemented by frequent visits to museums and galleries in Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Tyler’s highly regarded Critical Dialogues series provides an added dimension to the undergraduate experience in Sculpture. The series regularly brings nationally known artists, critics, and authors to campus to present their work, lead discussions, and critique student pieces. Students are also encouraged to pursue creative collaborations with faculty and students in other media at Tyler and Temple. Recent interdisciplinary projects have meshed public art with video, sound, and digital imaging.
In addition to the many opportunities on campus, many Sculpture undergraduates also take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or year at Temple Rome, Temple’s eminent and longstanding program in the Eternal City.
The Sculpture program is housed in a large facility that includes complete woodshop, metal fabrication shop, plaster and mold-making facilities, and sound, video and projection equipment. Undergraduate majors are provided with semi-private, 24-hour access studios beginning in their junior year.