Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Graduate Sculpture


PHILOSOPHY We offer time, space, and challenging yet supportive feedback to pre-professionals who seek to work in the broadly defined discipline of sculpture.

ADMISSION to the Graduate Program: A Bachelor’s degree is required for admission to the Graduate Program.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 60 credits: 30 in Sculpture, 6 in a secondary studio area, 9 in art history / theory, 12 in electives and 2 in the MFA seminar and thesis exhibition

FOR AN APPLICATION call (814) 732-2856 toll free (888) 845-2890 or write- Dean, Graduate Studies / Edinboro University of Pennsylvania / Edinboro, PA 16444

QUESTIONS ? Art Department (814) 732-2406

Lisa Austin laustin@edinboro.edu (814) 732-2908

DW Martin dwmartin@edinboro.edu (814) 732-2263

Jim Parlin jparlin@edinboro.edu (814) 732-2915

Additional Information on the region: We are located in a small college town fifteen miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania. Our students enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of Edinboro as well as easy accessibility to the cultural attractions of the regional urban centers of Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Cleveland. Locally, the city of Erie, the University, and other area colleges and institutions provide a rich and engaging variety of programs in the visual and performing arts.

Visiting artists and critics: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania hosts a series of visiting speakers including regional critics and artists as well as internationally-known art world figures. Often, these speakers offer individual studio visits to our graduate students. Students may become involved in the selection of future visiting speakers and critics by participating in the Student Art League and by serving as a board member of the Art Department’s Visiting Artist / Speaker Program.

Exhibition Opportunities: There are several on-campus exhibition venues. The student-run Bates Gallery exhibits thirty solo and group shows of student work each academic year. Every spring, an outside juror selects works for exhibit and for monetary prizes an the Bruce Gallery’s Annual Student show. Each year sculpture faculty and students exhibit their work on the campus of Slippery Rock University.

Many regional opportunities for exhibiting work are available to our students including the Annual Erie Art Museum show, at summer public art events, and at galleries in Meadville and Erie. Some students exhibit their work in group shows in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland, as each city about 100 miles from Edinboro. Each year several field trips to these cities as well as Toronto, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York City are organized casually by groups of interested students, or officially through the University. Some funding for student travel to view art work, install shows and participate in conferences is available through the Student Government Association. The Spectator, the student newspaper, and the Erie Times News are receptive to publishing well-written student reviews of exhibitions.

Information on the Sculpture Program: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania hosts a large, active art department with a current enrollment of over one thousand students. Our graduate program in sculpture, however, accommodates only a limited number of candidates, providing them with both the focused attention of an intimate program, and the advantages of a large, diverse, department.

We offer individual studio spaces to our graduate students and unlimited access to sculpture facilities, which include equipment for woodworking and metal fabrication, a ceramic shell facility, a forge, and a foundry.

The sculpture faculty has among us a wide variety of interests, experiences and ranges of expertise. We are receptive to a broad range of expression, and pride ourselves on an inclusive approach to art making. The student work here is widely varied and we are especially supportive of work that defies standard categories.

Assistantships: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a member of the State System of Higher Education, provides an extremely affordable graduate education for anyone, but even more particularly for Pennsylvania residents. Our rates are available from the Office of Graduate Studies in Reeder Hall. (888) 845-2890. Also, admission to the MFA program guarantees a Graduate Assistantship.

If you are researching graduate programs, you should know that we offer an affordable alternative to private school education. We encourage inquiries, and along with contacting the Office of Graduate Studies, prospective candidates are welcome to speak with us directly, by calling the Art Department at (814) 732-2406 and asking for the sculpture faculty’s office hours.

Sculpture Faculty

Lisa S. Austin Sculpture, Foundations

MFA, Yale University, 1986; BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1983
e-mail: lAustin@edinboro.edu
website: www.lisaAustinpa.com/

D.W. Martin Sculpture, 3D Design

MFA Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1989; BFA Printmaking, University of Oklahoma 1986
e-mail: dwMartin@edinboro.edu
website: www.dwMartin.info

James Parlin Art Department Chair, Sculpture, Foundations

MFA Sculpture, University of Pennsylvania 1981; BA Religious Thought, University of Pennsylvania, 1976
e-mail: jParlin@edinboro.edu
website: www.jamesParlin.com

Dietrich Wegner Sculpture, Foundations

MFA, Ohio State University, 2003; BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2001 e-mail: dWegner@edinboro.edu
website: www.dietrichWegner.com

Current Graduate Work