UTSA opens Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio on Main Campus

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Top photo: Opening of UTSA Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio
Bottom photo: Ribbon cutting with (from left) Daniel Gelo (dean of College of Liberal and Fine Arts), UTSA President Ricardo Romo and Gregory Elliott (chair of Department of Art and Art History)
(Photos: Cornelia Swann)

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(April 16, 2012) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo joined Department of Art and Art History faculty members and graduate students on Thursday, March 29 to celebrate the opening of the new Sculpture and Ceramics Graduate Studio on the Main Campus.

The 13,000-square-foot building on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus incorporates 18 graduate studios split evenly among graduate ceramics and sculpture students. Additional studios feature workspace areas for 3-D design, welding fabrication, glazing and covered outdoor forging.

Funding for the new building came to the forefront three-and-a-half years ago when $3.5 million was allocated for construction, along with $200,000 for new equipment.

The facility will assist the department with recruiting efforts to attract more students from across the United States and abroad.

"We are pulling in an international student body in both the undergraduate and graduate programs," said Gregory Elliot, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History. "We have had students enrolled in our programs from England, Germany, Korea, Japan, Africa and other countries."

The department includes 539 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Each semester, between 2,300 and 2,600 students enroll in its art courses.

The UTSA Department of Art and Art History offers bachelor's and master's degrees in studio art and art history. Students can study in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, art history, ceramics, sculpture and new media. Class sizes range between 15 and 30 students.

In 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked the UTSA sculpture program No. 13 in the nation among 250 schools offering similar programs.