Sculpture students at East Tennessee State University  have the opportunity to work with a variety of media, including such traditional materials as stone, bronze, steel, clay, and wood. Projects ranging from temporary and site specific environmental art, to community oriented outdoor sculpture and installation are also encouraged. Students from all areas of Art and Design, and from across the campus, with the appropriate prerequisites,  are encouraged to take sculpture classes.

Polishing Metal
Scott Brown

Our program does not subscribe to any particular ideology, media preference, technical direction or conceptual philosophy, but encourages students to develop their own visions as artists and the skills necessary to create their sculpture. Sculpture students explore many possibilities with regard to the realization of their ideas, and are exposed to both the history of sculpture and current developments in the field.

Introduction to Sculpture, ARTA 2501, exposes students to a variety of ideas, processes, and materials, providing experience in modeling, armature building, outdoor site specific projects, basic work with wood tools, and basic welding and casting projects.  Intermediate Sculpture, ARTA 3501, provides further instruction in additional processes, such as stone carving, bronze casting, and mold making, while expecting students to begin developing personal directions. ARTA 4501, Advanced Sculpture, offers specific materials and technical instruction, and encourages students to further develop a direction and body of work. Students are also supported in their explorations with mixed media, new media and installation in a variety of upper level Sculpture classes.

Wood Burning
Anglique Lynch

Facilities and Equipment

Large all purpose room for wood, mixed media, clay. New overhead particulate ventilation system.

Well equipped tool room with pneumatic tools, small power tools, hand tools, including wood and stone carving tools, hand saws, computer access.

Plaster working area.

Metal shop for grinding, welding, cutting.

Covered outside paved yard with light, power, air compressor.

Covered foundry.

Sited near large wooded area accessible for temporary projects.

Graduate studio space on site and also at Valleybrook Farm.

Metal Working Equipment
Chop Saw
Horizontal Band Saw
Oxy-Acetylene Welding
MIG Welder/ Gas
Portable MIG Welder / No Gas
TIG Welder
Plasma Cutter
Metal Brake/Roller
Vertical Band Saw
Gas Forge
Large Pedestal Grinder
Disk/Belt Combo Sanders
Drill Press
Tap & Die
Large side-by-side Sandblaster

Casting Equipment
Ceramic Shell Investment for both Bronze & Aluminum
Foundry Furnace / Speedy Melt
Burnout Kiln
Wax Pattern Work Area
Sandblaster for patina work

Wood Working Equipment
Table Saw (Steel City)
Planer (Steel City)
Compound Miter saw / 12” Slide (Dewalt)
Stationary Spindle Sander (Grizzly)
14” Band Saw (Rikon)
Stationary Router Table (Freud)
Plunge Router (Dewalt)
Steam Bending
Scroll Saw
Disk / Belt Combo Sander
Drill Press

Hand tools
Drills, Grinders, Black-smithing hammers and tongs, Circular saws for wood and stone, Cuturi air hammers, air hoses and compressors, stone carving chisels and hammers, wood carving chisels and gouges.

Ceramic Kiln
2 ton Hoist
Pressure washer
Digital cameras and video cameras. All Art students have access to departmental Mac labs.

Sculpture  Area of Emphasis Checklist:

BFA Checklist


Travis Graves, Advisor for Sculpture •

Mindy Herrin •    

Catherine Murray •   


Class Working with Clay

  turtle man
  Heather Justice


  Cody Necessary