About the Program

Through a diversity of materials, philosophies and solutions, we encourage you to mine the boundaries of your potential, challenge the notions of contemporary art and be a creative force in the evolution of our culture. All of this takes place in an environment of high expectations regarding self-motivation, intellectual capacity and responsibility. The sculpture program, utilizing approximately 7,000 square feet of studio space, maintains an experimental approach while supporting traditional media. Equipped shops include wood, metals, foundry, plaster and new media. The goal of this program is to give you an atmosphere conducive to self-determination and intellectual growth.


Digital Area:
  • Laguna plasma CNC
  • Laguna Smartshop II CNC
  • 2 - Epilog Fusion laser cutters
  • 7 - 3D printers Ultimaker and Makerbot
Fabrication Space:
  • 20” Aganazi, 18” Rockwell, 14” Laguna and 14” Rikkon band saws
  • Festool and OMGA miter saws
  • SawStop 5hp table saw
  • Milwaukee panel saw
  • Dewalt scroll saw
  • Bridgewood 12” and Powermatic 8” jointer
  • 20” Grizzly planer
  • General 24” double drum sander
  • Powermatic 4” belt and 12” disc sander
  • General 6” edge sander
  • Grizzly spindle sander
  • Powermatic 3520B lathe
  • Porter Cable 3hp router in table
  • General drill press
  • Extensive pneumatic and electric hand tools
Metals Area:
  • 2 – Miller MIG welders
  • Lincoln TIG 225
  • 9 Oxy-acetylene stations
  • Hypertherm 65 plasma cutter
  • Kalamazoo horizontal band saw
  • Grizzly 20” band saw
  • Milwaukee Chop saw
  • Bailey power bender
  • Hosfeld bender
  • Bailey English wheel
  • Enco brake, Plexo roller and shear
  • Beverly Shear
  • Vertical sander, bench grinders and sand blaster
  • Delta drill press
  • Black Diamond 3 burner gas forge
  • Wenesco wax melter
  • Raku Kiln for ceramic shell molds
  • 3 x 3 x 6’ Gas kiln for ceramics and investment molds
  • McEnglevan Furnace for casting bronze, brass and aluminum
  • Space master Hoist
  • Multiple pneumatic stations
  • Plastics room and Plaster room with tables and ventilation
Tool Room:
  • Milwaukee Porta Band
  • Dewalt biscuit joiner, jig saw and palm sander
  • Bosch 3 x 21 and 4 x 24 belt sanders
  • Bosch 7 1/4” circular saw for metal
  • Bosch oscillating multi tool
  • Kett power shear
  • 3/8” and 1/2” corded drills
  • Makita electric angle grinder 4 ½”
  • Pneumatic angle and die grinders
  • Pneumatic air chisel set
  • Rockwell and Dewalt 7” body grinders
  • heat guns
  • Dremel 4000
  • American Home sewing machine


The Sculpture area offers a range of studio courses in traditional and digital sculpture that focus on technical, conceptual and aesthetic aspects of the medium as well as theory, history, criticism and contemporary practice. These courses are designed to provide a foundation for independent artists who use sculpture as a medium of expression. As a studio art major with an emphasis in sculpture, you can take up to six regular courses in the area as well as special topics courses and independent study hours. Non- Art Majors can also take multiple sculpture classes but must meet the letter grade requirements to enroll in the successive course.

Sculpture lectures and exhibitions

  • The School of Art, Art History & Design's Hixson-Lied Visiting Artist Program brings prominent photographers to campus for lectures, demonstrations and studio visits. Recent visiting artists include Ebony Patterson, Yasser Musa, Orhan Tekin, Sarah Wagner, Carolyne Henne, Todd Slaughter, Mel Ziegler, Phoebe Adams, Orlan, Elizabeth King, Judy Fox, James Surls, Arthur Gonzalez, Enrique Martinez – Celaya and Michael Jones McKean.
  • Sheldon Museum of Art on campus has an extensive Sculpture collection, mainly 20th and 21st century, and has its own elite visiting artist lecture series. Both the collection and the visiting artist lectures are free to the public.
  • The Prescott Gallery is affiliated with the UNL School of Art, Art History & Design. It is a venue for curated exhibitions as well as exhibitions for both graduate and undergraduate UNL art students.
  • Lincoln Partners for Public Art is an advisory board which works with the City of Lincoln Public Art Master Plan to develop a public art collection of national prominence in Lincoln, NE.

Current MFA Students

  • Matt Meyer
  • Rachel Clarke (Painting/Sculpture)

Alumni, MFA-Art Sculpture Specialization

  • Carlie Jo Antes
  • Gretchen Larsen
  • Amber Boris
  • Matthew Carlson
  • Sophia Ruppert
  • Bryon Hartley
  • Kelly Stading
  • Liana Owad
  • Jacob Francois
  • Matt Blache
  • Jamie Fritz
  • Jason Tanner Young
  • Ying Zhu
  • Josh Johnson
  • Emily Newman
  • John Carrasco
  • Justin Shaw
  • Dan Perry
  • Jamie Burmeister
  • Valeri Luepke
  • Angela Behrends
  • Gregg Wortham