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Department of Art and Design

Padnos Artist

Meet Nayda Collazo-Llorens, currently our Stuart and Barbara Padnos Distinguished Artist in Residence. (Read more)


The sculpture program at Grand Valley provides an open environment for student learning.

Sculpture Student Work

It combines training in established methods with the exploration of non-traditional strategies by incorporating new materials and technologies, installation, as well as experiential contexts. The curriculum fosters intellectual inquiry, creative activity, and practical skills in making as well as thinking about art. In addition to wood working, metal fabricating, and foundry techniques, the curriculum also incorporates three-dimensional computer modeling technologies. Activities in and out of the studio help students develop individual approaches to the medium. In addition, they are encouraged to incorporate other studio processes such as metalsmithing, ceramics, or printmaking into their sculpture practice.

Students may pursue a BA or BS in Art Education or a BFA in Studio Art in this emphasis.


Sculpture Lab

Sculpture Prototyping

Sculpture Workshop

In the sculpture program, students benefit from well-equipped studios that allow them to create wood working, metal fabricating, and foundry projects. The three –dimensional computer modeling lab allows them to explore new materials and technologies as they progress through the program. Majors earning a BFA in this program have individual studio spaces in a common area shared with jewelry and metalsmithing students.

Students' Work

Sculpture Courses

  • ART 270: Introduction to Sculpture
  • ART 321: Digital 3D
  • ART 371: Intermediate Sculpture I
  • ART 372: Intermediate Sculpture II
  • ART 472: Advanced Sculpture I
  • ART 473: Advanced Sculpture II
  • ART 401: Senior Seminar
  • ART 498: Senior Project

Sculpture Alumni Information

All Alumni Websites

Additional Information and Links