3D Program Mission Statement
The Plymouth State University 3D program is a dynamic program that focuses on the twin foundations of concept and technique, which together form the backbone of successful art making. With the understanding that solid technical skills are necessary to make the most out of good artistic ideas and that innovative technologies offer new frontiers for three-dimensional artists, we emphasize both traditional methods and new media in to develop well-informed artists. The program explores how history and theory inform art making, art criticism, and art appreciation, so students are able to articulate their artistic visions within the contexts in which they live and work. We believe that all graduates should be prepared for the next step in life, whether it is graduate school, a career as an independent working artist, or any other profession.
The Plymouth State University 3D Program Goals
Graduates of the Plymouth State University 3D program will:
- be able to use personal creative problem-solving to develop an artistic idea through multiple stages, from initial concept through finished art work;
- be proficient in a wide variety of technical skills in both traditional and non-traditional media;
- understand historical developments of three-dimensional studio practice;
- be able to articulate how her/his own work relates to modern and contemporary art theory;
- have the professional and life skills necessary to launch and sustain a successful career, either as a studio artist or in another related field.
The sculpture program is focused on two primary goals: the development of solid technical skills and the exploration of artistic concepts. With a basic understanding of three-dimensional design in place, sculpture students gain experience with ceramics, carving, welding and general woodworking. The program explores both representational genres, such as figure modeling, and more abstract, metaphorical and impressionistic approaches.
Advanced students in sculpture work to develop their own styles and projects, and build a portfolio of pieces that use many different materials and techniques. The sculpture program is a hands-on, high-energy option for students who are interested in the relationship of artistic concepts and theories to concrete objects.
The sculpture facilities at PSU are top-notch, with the emphasis on interaction between faculty and students, between various media and between classical tradition and innovation.