college of communication fine arts and media
Department of art and art history


The Concentration in Three Dimensional Arts comprises the studio areas of book arts, ceramics, and sculpture.

Book Arts

The UNO Book Arts program is centered in the Fine Arts Press, a typographic studio and letterpress print shop devoted to book arts instruction. Students work within the tradition of hand set type, letterpress printing and hand bookbinding to create both limited edition and unique books. Interdisciplinary projects utilizing papermaking, classical printmaking, sculpture, or electronic imaging applications are also explored. Studio majors may choose a book arts concentration culminating in advanced study and a thesis exhibition. The facility houses Vandercook proof presses, iron handpresses, treadle presses, over 300 cases of monotype, foundry and wood type, standing presses for bookbinding as well as other elementary binding equipment.


Stressing both conceptual and technical skills, the Ceramics Program develops the students’ awareness of the creative possibilities that the clay medium provides. The students are introduced to hand building, throwing on the potter’s wheel and many glaze techniques as well as firing and glaze development and preparation. Students explore ceramic world history as well as design principles through slide lectures and demonstrations. A well-equipped studio features a gas kiln and electric kilns for low and high temperature firings as well as semi-private studio space for advanced students. The ceramics education of the BFA major culminates in a thesis show in the UNO Art Gallery.


The sculpture program begins with a thorough introduction to three-dimensional concepts. At the beginning level students explore materials, formal principles, historical periods, and conceptual practices. Building upon this foundation, students relive the sculptural movments of the twentieth century, investigating in depth techniques of carving and casting, constructive methods, found object and assemblage, and installation and multi-media. Emphasizing the balance between technique and concept as well as the significance of a solid historical foundation, students at the advanced level define their contribution to contemporary sculpture by completing an ambitious presentation that culminates in their thesis exhibition.

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Department of Art & Art History
College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media
University Nebraska at Omaha
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha NE 68182-0011
(402) 554.2420 Fax: (402) 554.3436