Sculpture and Ceramics

Students develop an understanding of materials and form in the sculpture as well as ceramics studios. The student’s conceptual intentions and how they take place in form are expanded and challenged in all 3-dimensional media as we connect making to meaning. The relationship of site to space and inquiry into the nature of contemporary sculptural issues are important explorations for the sculptor and student.

Students from the disciplines of Architecture or Engineering might be interested in the more expressive forms of the built environment while students in Art and Architectural History may see sculpture and ceramics as a vehicle and vessel of ideas. All forms of expression are encouraged from the utilitarian to the conceptual.

Minor in Visual Arts: Sculpture & Ceramics

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Visual Art Minors are available in Concentration areas of Film, Animation and Video; Painting, Drawing and Printmaking; Photography and Digital Media and Sculpture. Film, a widely interdisciplinary subject, is located in both the Communications Program and the Visual Arts Program. Both programs work closely together to host a film curriculum that is both diverse and focused. The Communications program emphasizes film culture and history. The Visual Arts Program emphasizes film production.

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Student Work

The Visual Arts program at Roger Williams University is interdisciplinary by design. Students are expected to explore a range of media from painting and ceramics to photography and video. Through the experiences of different media, students are challenged to find their own voice as an artist in work that reflects their individual aims and interests.  Our students develop proficiencies in several media, often combining media in new and unexpected hybrids. Students in VARTS at RWU routinely make high-quality work that we are proud to display throughout the campus community in our Art on Campus program

Sculpture & Ceramics

Sculputure made of flower and weeds
Sculpture is process oriented and experimental, combining the development of intellectual and manual skills in a dynamic studio environment. Students pursue their individual artistic interests through work in traditional and new genre sculptural practices including site-specific installation and collaborative work. Students have access to a woodworking shop, ceramics studio, plaster & fabrication facilities, and digital technologies, to create art in conversation with our time.

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Breaking In

Em Adler, RWU Class of 2017
Visual Arts

As a visual arts student, Em Adler learned making great art is only part of a successful career as a professional artist. Knowing how to share your craft effectively is just as important.

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Our Alumni Are

  • Gallery assistants and administrators
  • Teaching in Arts Education in public schools, private schools, and workshops
  • Art directors or writers at magazines
  • Design consultants
  • Pursuing graduate degrees
  • Working freelance as photographers or own their own businesses as designers