The sculpture facility is located on the bottom floor of Meek Hall and provides spaces for the realization of projects in traditional and contemporary media. We maintain four dedicated shop facilities for woodworking, metal fabrication, and casting processes. We also have additional areas including a beginning-level teaching room, an advanced-level workroom, individual BFA and MFA studios, and a large outdoor, covered workspace. The graduate studios are approximately 20′ X 20′ and the undergraduate studios are approximately 5′ X 8′.
The room for introductory courses includes large work tables, storage for student projects, and a large projection screen for lectures and presentations. The room for advanced classes includes large working tables, storage space for student work, a tool room, wax working station, and a roll-up door for easy access for large materials. The graduate studios are approximately 20’ X 20’ with multiple electrical outlets located around the room convenient for tool use.
The woodshop is well equipped with all the essential woodworking equipment. The shop includes a Powermatic 66-TA table saw and a Powermatic 3520B Lathe, a Laguna 18″ bandsaw as well as stationary belt sander/disc grinders, a stationary oscillating sander, multiple drill presses and scroll saws, several 14” band saws, routers, a heavy-duty jointer and planer, sliding compound miter saws, a dust collection system, large worktables, various hand tools, and a multitude of clamps and vices.
The metal shop is a large studio consisting of two roll-up doors allowing for excellent access to the outdoor fabrication area while providing easy delivery points for materials. While the metal shop includes numerous metal fabrication devices, it also includes eight oxy-acetylene stations, three Mig welders, a Tig welder, Arc welders, a heavy-duty plasma cutting station, chop saws, a horizontal band saws, a drill press, one media blasting unit, and multiple compressors allowing for pneumatic access throughout the studios. The metal shop also includes various other hand and electric tools such as hammers, cold chisels, angle grinders, and various saws.
The outdoor space includes a foundry shed that houses several furnaces and a burnout kiln to allow for the casting of a variety of metals. The foundry area is located in a partially enclosed building with open-air walls and ceiling vents for ventilation and is equipped to melt various capacities of aluminum, bronze, and iron. The sculpture area is equipped for large resin sand and investment molds, with ceramic shells coming in the near future. The rest of the outside area is used for large fabrications and storage for materials. The outdoor area is also enclosed by a large brick wall that provides ample security and safety for those inside and outside of the space.