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Sculpture Professor: Shaun Cassidy
The discipline of sculpture has expanded enormously over the last fifty years to include a diverse range of processes, materials and concepts. As such there has never been a more exciting time to study and practice sculpture. The sculpture program at Winthrop is designed to introduce students to both traditional and contemporary ways of making sculpture. The program emphasizes the development of technical, creative and cognitive skills through an energetic hands on approach to creating sculpture. The program is committed to graduating students who have a wide range of skills and level of professionalism that will make them highly competitive as they enter the work force as creative specialists. Students will develop significant skills in metal, wood, mold making, plaster, concrete. They will also develop skills in digital imaging, video, installation and in the planning, design, construction and installation of public art. These skills are critical as the field of Public Art provides students with very sustainable, profitable career opportunities.
The studio is spacious and well equipped and allows for the production of a wide range of creative work. Visiting artists, field trips, internships and special community based projects and exhibitions keep the program current and challenging. Students are served by a professionally active faculty focused on providing each student with the tools to be a significant artist. Student learning and a depth of experience is at the heart of the program and as such student successes have been numerous. Recent graduates have been awarded scholarships to graduate level study at Syracuse University, Carnegie-Mellon University and Clemson University. Others have chosen to move to New York and Chicago to create and exhibit work, simultaneously finding employment in the discipline of sculpture. Student work commissioned by the University is installed across the Winthrop University campus and in the new academic buildings. Students have been recognized by International Sculpture Center (ISC) in their Outstanding Student Awards, Artists Residency awards and in national and regional sculpture competitions.