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Sculpture is concerned with the materialization of an idea utilizing any material or process in any method or combination of methods.

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The Sculpture Major at NMU

A material or process that indicates the focus of the investigation or the format of the product defines most concentrations. Sculpture is concerned with the materialization of an idea utilizing any material or process in any method or combination of methods. Through the use of different methodologies and format ideas can be exhibited as objects, representations, installation's, and performances. The production of sculpture is a concept based intellectual study. Coursework is designed to present specific technologies for students to use in the production of their ideas. Students move around within the department taking courses in areas of interest that will support the construction of their studio work. The objective is to satisfy each student’s needs through an individualized series of courses that equips the student to solve their unique problems.

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The Production of Sculpture is a Concept Based Intellectual Study

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Sculpture Studio

The studio is equipped for the
processes of:

General fabrication

Gas/ Oxygen and gas/
compressed air soldering

Raising and forming sheet metal

Production casting
and mold making

Forging

Blacksmithing

Welding and fabrication
Foundry casting

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Sculpture Studio
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Sculpture Studio
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The Sculpture Studio is Equipped for Working with both Large & Small Scale Projects

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Sculpture Faculty

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Dale Wedig

Professor
BS Univ of Wisconsin at LaCrosse
MA Iowa State University
MFA Arizona State University

Dale Wedig is a Professor of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University where he as been the Head of the Metalsmithing and Sculpture departments for 27 years. His studio work ranges in size from jewelry to architectural installations and assumes metal processes from blacksmithing, welding, casting, sheet-forming, fabrication and foundry applications. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Wedig works out of his Upper Peninsula home surrounded by trees, lakes, rivers and ice most of the year. It is important to keep busy doing whatever it is that your hands find to do; life without labor is guilt.

Art is the physical and mental labor involved in creating an object from an idea. The end result can be very satisfying. However, it is the activity and struggle throughout the process that is inspiring. Experiencing an idea becoming a real object that started in your head and your hands built is a measure of the accountability of your life.

The lack of rules and insured success combined with the endless solutions to the same problem motivates him to continue pursuing his interests. Making art is no more or less than having faith in what is unknown and having the desire to take the opportunity to create something you find difficult to explain.


EMAIL

dwedig@nmu.edu
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Dale Wedig
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Sculpture Courses

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AD 116 Sculpture

4 credit hours
Offered Fall

Introduction to methods and techniques of sculpture and its cognate support.


AD 216 Sculpture: Bronze Casting

4 credit hours
Offered Winter

Development of skills and concepts in the production of sculpture using bronze and aluminum casting. Concentration is on learning the operation of production casting.


AD 316 Sculpture: Architectural and Environmental

4 credit hours
Offered: Fall, every even year
Prerequisites: AD 116, AD 216, WD 140

Development of skills and concepts in the production of sculpture within the context of architecture and the environment. Ideations are directed toward large scale operations and productions.


AD 416 Sculpture: Seminar

4 credit hours
Winter, every odd year
Prerequisite: AD 303, AD316, and junior standing or instructor's permission

Production of a group of pieces and preparation of a support paper by each student.


AD 453 Sculpture: B.F.A. Seminar

4 credit hours
Offered: Fall, Winter
Prerequisites: AD 303, AD 416

Continued development of ideological concerns in the production of studio art work as contracted with the instructor.

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SCULPTURE FAQ

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I am an art and design major but not sure of declaring my area of concentration as sculpture because I have little or no experience. What should I do?

Take and entry-level course and see if you are as interested and enthusiastic as you expected to be. Sculpture is a unique concentration where a broad exposure to many different materials and processes is necessary. As you discuss your interests with your advisor, they will direct you to specific courses that will support your individual needs.

Do I need to have my own tools for each class offering?

NO. If you did it would be very expensive. Tools are provided for students during class and outside of class. The studios are open at least 80 hours a week outside our class time. Tools can be checked out for an hour or all day from the office conveniently located by the sculpture studio.

What jobs will I locate in my fields upon graduating with a sculpture concentration?

We stress the importance of acquiring diverse skills throughout your program of study. These are the tools that will get you entry-level jobs in welding, foundry, fabrication and construction. Many students focus their studio production upon marketable objects sold at art fairs, gift shops and galleries.

We encourage students to learn what you need to know to do what you want to do. You have four years of undergraduate study to acquire skill, attitude and experience you need to succeed.

What is the emphasis in sculpture: welding, foundry, blacksmithing, or carving?

Students are encouraged to take diverse studio courses to obtain a broad understanding of Art Production. Each student is a unique entity with specific interests and strengths. No two students have gone through the program the same way. We emphasize finding your interests and building a program of study to support them.

On an average, how many majors are in the sculpture program?

The number varies from a low of 12 to a high of 25. Any year could be somewhere in between. My upper level class has 10-15 students each semester allowing for plenty of one on one contact time. The studios are open a minimum of 80 hours a week outside of class to work on assignments.

What is sculpture?

Sculpture is an idea that identifies a given space.

Are there scholarships for incoming freshman?

The school offers the High School Freshman Scholarship (four $1000 awards) that is available each year with applications due in April.

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Scholarship Information

More Questions?
Please write Professor Dale Wedig dwedig@nmu.edu
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