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Another angle showing the Sculpture StudioThe program in Sculpture at MSU Denver offers an inclusive, multidisciplinary alternative to more traditional sculpture programs. The program emphasizes the exploration of ideas through the manipulation of materials and space, placing equal importance on theoretical development and studio production. 

The Sculpture ideology is built upon these three pillars: installation and object-based practices, digital fabrication and emerging media, craft and the DIY (do-it-yourself) aesthetic.

Equipment in the Sculpture StudioThrough this integrated, encompassing approach, the area encourages new kinds of makers to develop work that moves between media and disciplines, work that exists beyond the established boundaries of traditional inquiry. As a student in the Sculpture program you will have the opportunity to discover a range of media and creative practices; develop the skills needed to articulate the concerns of your work; and prepare professional portfolios to apply for opportunities, workshops, and residencies.


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Art Major, B.F.A.



The 5000 square foot Sculpture facility includes fully equipped wood and metal studios, classrooms, a state of the art ceramic shell investment room, separate sanding and metal finishing studios, and a fully equipped tool room with  hand, power, and pneumatic tools, and assorted supplies. The wood studio includes table saws, band saws, compound miter saws, assorted sanders, a panel saw, wood lathe, planer, jointer, and several drill presses. The metal facility includes MIG, TIG, Stick, Spot, and Gas welders, a plasma cutter, finger break, step shear, rollers, horizontal and vertical band saws, hydraulic pipe bender, abrasive chop saw, drill presses, and a 2-ton bridge crane throughout. A newly renovated 1000 square foot, fully enclosed sculpture yard will be completed before the Spring 09 semester and will include a fully paved patio, soft metal crucible furnace, burn-out kiln, sand pit, rolling work tables, electric glass kilns, an outdoor welding area, and a fully traversable bridge crane.

Link to the Auraria Sculpture Studios

View inside Sculpture Studio


Marin Abell
Assistant Professor - Sculpture Area Coordinator


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Please schedule appointments using our online scheduling tool in the Student Hub. Be aware that some of our faculty advisors are only conducting phone or virtual appointments. Be sure to check your university email for any follow up regarding the mode in which your appointment will be conducted. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300 if you need any assistance making an appointment.

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Marin Abell grew up in coastal Virginia, earned his BFA in Sculpture from James Madison University, and his MFA in Sculpture and Expanded Practice from Ohio University. His sculptural practice is evocative of the trickster that engages our world in ways that dispel the illusion of separateness. He has received fellowships from organizations such as: The Center for Art and Urbanistics in Berlin; Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; and the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. He has exhibited at venues such as The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art; and installed public sculptures at venues such as: The ArtLot, Brooklyn; The I-Park Foundation; and Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. His work has been reviewed by publications such as Hyperallergic, he has served as an editor for the online art theory journal .continent, and was the Director of Outreach at Spiro Arts in Park City, UT. Before coming to Denver, Abell was the Catron Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, where he cultivated creative educational programs that interfaced with rural communities throughout Kansas, and has also taught at Ohio University, The University of Michigan, and The University of Alabama Huntsville.

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