The sculpture program at KCAI offers a wide spectrum of traditional and innovative technologies along with an intense philosophical and intellectual exploration of past and present three-dimensional work. This approach prepares students for professional practice in a global context.
Sculpture students develop the ability to transfer difficult and abstract ideas into materials so that the physical, the material and the practical are balanced with the poetic, the imaginative and the cognitive, and they are encouraged to develop individual interests, directions and personal skill sets. The sculpture department emphasizes a strong technical, material and conceptual foundation linked with a philosophy that embraces personal introspection. The program encourages diverse approaches to sculptural production including object making, installations, kinetics, performance, multi-media, sound, video, digital pieces, community art projects and collaborative ventures.
Traditional and non-traditional approaches to sculpture production are introduced, and students learn about contemporary issues in the field in order to understand sculpture within a social, historical and cultural context. Technical competence with regard to several methods and processes is balanced with theoretical and conceptual growth. Students develop technical skills and conceptual abilities which allow them to make work that impacts communities on both highly visual and deeply meaningful levels.