MFA in Fine Arts – Sculpture


The Master of Fine Arts with a specialization in Sculpture program at VCU is a major force in the School of the Arts and beyond. This is best measured by the fact that we attract challenging, talented and curious students from around the globe. In addition to that, US News and World Report ranks our Sculpture MFA program first in the United States. Our students are drawn by the ever-increasing visibility of the department’s alumni and the reputation of a highly diversified and talented faculty.

The department’s 8 full-time faculty and active visiting artist program present a variety of directions and philosophical attitudes. Our visiting artist program brings significant artists, critics, curators and culture-makers to our campus on a regular basis. Through a broad range of solutions, students are encouraged and expected to develop their potential, challenge accepted notions of contemporary art and enter the evolving cultural conversation of our time. All of this takes place in an environment charged with high expectation regarding self-motivation, intellectual capacity and responsibility.

Through studio reviews, seminars, critiques and research, students build a complex awareness of the contemporary and historical definitions of art that influence their creative work. In addition to their own investigations, graduate students participate in and contribute to the undergraduate program through teaching assistantships, critiques, etc.

Graduate students are provided with generous studio spaces, state-of-the-art equipment and the time, support, and encouragement to pursue their independently determined goals.

It is expected that our graduate students will:
– Define their work in relation to history
– Develop knowledge of equipment and techniques
– Develop professional practices
– Take full advantage of the program’s resources

Diversity Policy
The VCU School of the Arts believes that art is inclusive.  Therefore, this diversity policy establishes that the School of the Arts accepts and welcomes all people by maintaining and celebrating diversity within our student body, faculty and staff.  The School of the Arts provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination according to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation in accord with University Policy.  To support this policy and to stimulate understanding, the School of the Arts will establish forums to explore diversity in education, arts and design.  We believe that to achieve educational excellence, we must value and practice inclusion.


VISITING / OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 17, 2015  12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Prospective graduate students are welcome to visit VCU’s Sculpture Department for an OPEN HOUSE to tour our facilities, meet faculty and graduate students, share a meal and get a general sense of the program.

During the open house, we’ll start with a casual buffet with grads and faculty and then move on for tours of the facility and graduate work.

If you are able to join us, please call and make a reservation so we know to expect you for lunch and a tour (804-828-1511). Note that we will not be able to host your visit at any other time.  You will be best served by planning to visit on this date.  If you cannot, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have at

THESIS EXHIBITIONSClick below to see thesis exhibitions for the 5 fine arts programs including Sculpture: