Sculpture

Sculpture is the branch of the visual arts that operates in three dimensions. It is one of the plastic arts. Durable sculptural processes originally used carving (the removal of material) and modelling (the addition of material, as clay), in stone, metal, ceramics, wood and other materials but, since Modernism, there has been an almost complete freedom of materials and process. A wide variety of materials may be worked by removal such as carving, assembled by welding or modelling, or molded or cast.

Sculpture in stone survives far better than works of art in perishable materials, and often represents the majority of the surviving works (other than pottery) from ancient cultures, though conversely traditions of sculpture in wood may have vanished almost entirely. However, most ancient sculpture was brightly painted, and this has been lost.

Sculpture has been central in religious devotion in many cultures, and until recent centuries large sculptures, too expensive for private individuals to create, were usually an expression of religion or politics. Those cultures whose sculptures have survived in quantities include the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, India and China, as well as many in Central and South America and Africa.

The Western tradition of sculpture began in ancient Greece, and Greece is widely seen as producing great masterpieces in the classical period. During the Middle Ages, Gothic sculpture represented the agonies and passions of the Christian faith. The revival of classical models in the Renaissance produced famous sculptures such as Michelangelo's David. Modernist sculpture moved away from traditional processes and the emphasis on the depiction of the human body, with the making of constructed sculpture, and the presentation of found objects as finished art works.

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Matching Sculpture Colleges

Virginia Commonwealth University

Four or more years; Public; $32,742 average out-state tuition; $12,094 average in-state tuition

Rhode Island School of Design

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $55,220 average out-state tuition; $55,220 average in-state tuition

Maryland Institute College of Art

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $50,160 average out-state tuition; $50,160 average in-state tuition

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Four or more years; Public; $26,630 average out-state tuition; $1,030 average in-state tuition

Yale University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $59,950 average out-state tuition; $59,950 average in-state tuition

University of Houston

Four or more years; Public; $20,877 average out-state tuition; $8,685 average in-state tuition

Savannah College of Art and Design

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $38,340 average out-state tuition; $38,340 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Sculpture Majors

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Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

$34,000 Varies See Details
 

Beinecke Scholarship - Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College

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$34,000

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Olivia James Traveling Fellowship

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

$26,000 November 01, 2024 See Details
 

Olivia James Traveling Fellowship

Archaeological Institute of America (AIA)

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$26,000

deadline

November 01, 2024
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Fine Arts Fellowship - Wabash College

Wabash College

Up to $15,000 Varies See Details
 

Fine Arts Fellowship - Wabash College

Wabash College

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Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship

Davidson College

$15,000 January 10, 2025 See Details
 

Pepper Visual Arts Scholarship

Davidson College

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$15,000

deadline

January 10, 2025
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Arts and Music Scholarship - Rhodes College

Rhodes College

Up to $12,500 February 15, 2025 See Details
 

Arts and Music Scholarship - Rhodes College

Rhodes College

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Up to $12,500

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February 15, 2025
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Nordan Fine Arts Program Award - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

Nordan Fine Arts Program Award - Texas Christian University

Texas Christian University

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$10,000

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MFA Provost's Graduate Fellowship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

$10,000 Varies See Details
 

MFA Provost's Graduate Fellowship

University of Central Florida (UCF)

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$10,000

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Art Scholarship - Young Harris College

Young Harris College

Up to $8,000 Varies See Details
 

Art Scholarship - Young Harris College

Young Harris College

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Honors Scholarship - Bethel College, Kansas

Bethel College - Kansas

$7,500 Varies See Details
 

Honors Scholarship - Bethel College, Kansas

Bethel College - Kansas

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$7,500

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St. Olaf College Art Scholarship

St. Olaf College

$7,000 January 15, 2025 See Details
 

St. Olaf College Art Scholarship

St. Olaf College

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$7,000

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January 15, 2025
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