2013-14 Unit Plan
Sculpture

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sculpture/Fiber Arts program is to assist students in acquiring experience in working with materials and techniques employed in the production of three-dimensional works of art, developing an awareness and understanding of both historical and contemporary three-dimensional works, in order to develop their own visual language.  This exposure to past and present works also allows students to understand how their art fits into the contemporary context.  Students experience a wide variety of materials and techniques, and are encouraged to employ critical thinking, metaphor, research, and creative problem solving in the creation of their projects and assignments.  Students will also experience the arrangement and construction of artwork in exhibition spaces, in order to understand the importance of presentation.  Ultimately the Sculpture/Fiber Arts program strives to develop confidence and conceptual thinking in students in order to prepare them for transfer to an Art/Design school, 4-year university, and/or the outside art world.   

Program Description

Despite class reductions in the Fall of 2012 which cut our class offerings in half, courses in Sculpture, Fiber Arts, and Three-Dimensional Design continue to be in great demand by students.  We currently have two full classes of 25-36 students in the Fall and three full classes in the Spring semester.  Courses are taught by one Fulltime faculty member and two to three part time faculty members, and are supported by a part time Technician.  Courses are offered in a spacious classroom (ARTS 145) which allows for five floor looms and eight large work tables.  We also have the use of an outdoor space equipped with state-of-the-art welding and casting facilities, and a wide array of wood and metal shop tools for the construction of student projects.  Through intensive Sculpture area teamwork, and with the technical assistance of CSU, Chico Professor Robert Herhusky and Sculpture Tech, Dave Barta, Intermediate level sculpture students are casting in metal and glass each semester.  Intermediate 

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

We are in the process of developing certificates/degrees in Sculpture and Fiber Arts, and curriculum at the beginning/intermediate/advanced levels.  These courses include metal casting and fabrication, glass fusion and casting, mixed media, weaving, papermaking/casting, fiber creation and dyeing, Installation, and New Genre. 

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 2



    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning

  • Supporting Rationale


    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Strategy 3

    We plan to invite successful professional Sculptors and Fiber Artists to meet with students. 

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    Based on the established argument in Strategy 1, bringing in successful professional artists is essential in helping to ensure student success in the artworld,  and inspiring passion through collaboration as visiting artists will provide workshops and demonstrations.  Contact and collaboration with successful professional artists introduces innovation within the art world, and this contact and collaboration is responsive and accountable to student need.  The critical thinking and problem solving inherent in the creation of art, which would be demonstrated by these outside professionals, demonstrate the of valuing a culture of learning and depending on the artist, would model sustainibitily as well.  

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    Restore the Sculpture class and the Fiber Arts class to the Fall class schedule and restore the Sculpture class to the Spring class schedule.

    Current Revenue Stream

    none

    Augmentation Requests

    Original Priority Funded Program, Unit, Area Resource Type Description Account Number Object Code One-Time Augment Ongoing Augment Supporting Rationale
    1 Yes Sculpture Personnel Restore 3 Sculpture/Fiber Arts courses 11-000-512-1-100220 52210 $0.00 $15,000.00 All, Restore Associate Faculty positions/courses in order to serve the needs of art students.
    2 Yes Sculpture Personnel Year-round Secretarial Support 11-000-512-1-100220 52120 $101.00 $0.00 All, Restore reduced Secretary III position of Krista Collett to twelve months per year. (Current salary from Sculpture is $1,118 per year for 11 months)
    3 Yes Sculpture Equipment Year-round Lab Tech Support 11-000-512-1-100220 52210 $0.00 $2,985.00 All, Restore reduced Laboratory Technician position of Marc Cardinet to twelve months per year. (Current salary from Sculpture $14,928 per year for 10 months)
    Total(s) $101.00 $17,985.00