Bring art to life in the sculpture concentration (art major). Rooted in a historic understanding of this artistic tradition, you will have the freedom to explore your own personal expression and artistic voice as you develop mastery in a variety of tools and materials. You’ll also have opportunities to gain real-world experience in carving and ceramics through our Gordon IN Orvieto program, and will present your senior thesis in Gordon’s professional gallery.
Gordon prepares artists not only to make valuable contributions, but to help restore a Christian aesthetic and moral vision in today’s culture. Intensive studio practice, professional exhibition work, internships, and liberal arts exposure will prepare you to thrive as an artist and a Christian. Because we value learning by doing, our faculty are all professional artists who teach the media they practice. Plus, Gordon’s location on Boston’s picturesque North Shore offers you exposure to nearby galleries, art colonies and museums (including free access to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston).
Art students are creative problem solvers who can think broadly and adapt well—valuable skills for any vocation. You will be prepared for graduate programs, professional programs and diverse careers that apply both your practical and artistic skills, including:
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Outside of your sculpture concentration requirements, you may choose to pursue an internship at a local art gallery or pottery studio. In the past, students have gained professional experience at places like Cape Ann Art Haven or the Studio of Makoto Fujimura in Dillon Gallery. Our monthly Professional Artist Workshop Series gives you a chance to interact with art-industry professionals on subjects like portfolio creation, marketing, business planning and networking.
Gordon’s signature program in the ancient Umbrian countryside draws students from a range of majors and other colleges:
We embrace the liberal arts vision—studying the humanities and sciences and theology alongside art to broaden your vision. To that end, you are encouraged to draw inspiration from a second major or minor. Common pairs for the sculpture concentration include psychology, sociology, public history and museum studies, and business administration.