CONCENTRATION IN THREE DIMENSIONAL ARTS
The Concentration in Three Dimensional Arts comprises the studio areas of book arts, ceramics, and sculpture.
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.
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.