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ARTS 371

Advanced Sculpture in Public Places

This course explores the methods and theories of contemporary public sculpture. Emphasis will be placed on the mastery of skills and techniques relating to materials suitable for outdoor display, including woodworking, welding, sewing, and fiberglass resin. Discussions, readings and slide lectures delve deeply into both the practical issues of public art- model-making, site selection, and presenting ideas for approval- but also the theoretical considerations- how and why art in the public sphere is so distinct from more traditional gallery art. Issues of permanence, site-specificity, community engagement, and environmental concerns will be explored through a series of projects such as inflatable art, ambient art, and construction of a large-scale sculpture for exhibition on campus. In addition to completed projects, advanced students will be expected to lead an in-class demonstration on a material or technique they have mastered, complete a research paper on a public artist, and present their research in an oral presentation. Prerequisite: Introduction to Sculpture and any 200-level studio art course

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities Introduction to Sculpture and any 200-level studio art course 1 course