Rinehart School of Sculpture's goal is to train artists for the 21st century, including the art of the moment, and to make sure that each student understands the implications of his or her work. Rinehart's 10 students work in many media, from performance and video to traditional metals and stone.
Students are assigned to individual studios surrounding a common work area, which includes a complete wood and metal shop. The studios open into the shared space so that ideas are exchanged and peer interaction and discourse occur naturally and frequently. In this secure environment, the creative process flourishes, and ideas take shape and become substance.
Weekly seminars include guests who reinforce our varied practices. There are reading seminars and writing workshops. Guests assist in career development, and equal attention is given to history and theory. Rinehart students learn to proceed independently and with authority as they approach professional status.
In order to complete the MFA, students are required to take 48 credits in studio and 12 credits in liberal arts seminars. A selection of seminars specifically designed for graduate students is offered each semester, but graduate students may also take undergraduate liberal arts courses for graduate credit with the instructor's permission. Undergraduate studio classes may also be taken for graduate credit, but permission of the director is required.