ABOUT

The goal of Spatial Arts is to increase potential for creative expression. This is accomplished by a strong foundation in technical skills and material understanding. Students develop their artistic practice while making connections with the histories, processes, concepts and contemporary issues in Ceramics and Sculpture. By encouraging diversity of skills, students are better equipped for creative solutions and artistic success.

Our students challenge and support each other in a learning environment dedicated to the value of art in society.  From the vessel to public art, the figurative to new forms, the static to kinetic, Spatial Arts provides personal guidance and teaching grounded in form and meaning.

 

 

FACILITIES

Spatial Arts is located in its own building, a ten-minute walk from the campus main plaza. It has both indoor and outdoor work areas. The building is divided into ceramic and sculpture wings, with advanced student studios in the center. Our students have 24/7 access to the studios, which are located across the street from the dormitories.  

Spatial Arts maintains a state of the art facility capable of supporting all manner of work including a foundry, metal shop, wheel throwing, mold making area, and wood shop.

Sculpture:

  • Wood Fabrication Facilities
  • Metal Fabrication Facilities
  • Ceramic Shell Mold-Making
  • 90# Furnace
  • Advanced Student Studios
  • Outdoor work area
  • Welding Facilities include, Stick, MIG, TIG, Gas and Resistance

Ceramics:

  • Wide variety of kilns:
    • 3 gas downdraft kilns plus a gas test kiln
    • large wood fired “train” kiln
    • large raku kiln
    • 9 electric kilns including 2 test kilns and an electric kiln for experimental firings.
  • Fully equipped glaze laboratory with spray booth
  • 18 electric wheels
  • Fully stocked clay and materials room with 2 clay mixers and a pug mill
  • Advanced students’ studios
  • Slab roller

 

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CHECKLISTS + PROCEDURES

BFA • Spatial Studies Track

The BFA degree is the nationally accepted professional degrees in visual arts. The BFA carries a high level of expected growth and involvement on the student’s part.  BFA students are not required to earn a minor outside of the visual arts. All BFA majors are guaranteed a senior exhibition at Northern Kentucky University. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss degree tracks with their advisor and other faculty members in order to make the decision that is right for them.

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MINOR • Spatial Arts

The minor in Spatial Arts is meant to give students an introduction to understanding 
materials, form and space. Students take begining level Spatial Arts courses in ceramics and sculpture then choose electives to further develop techniques and concepts.  

 


SPATIAL ARTS FACULTY

Steven Finke
Steven Finke
Associate Professor
Office: CS 120
finke@nku.edu | (859) 572-6115
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JeeEun Lee

JeeEun Lee
Assistant Professor
leej24@nku.edu | (859) 572-7622

 

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CAREER PATHS

Careers in the visual arts are ripe with opportunities. Combined with new tools such as 3D printing the creative class is helping to revolutionize our world. Here are possible paths your NKU Visual Arts education will prepare you for...

Animator

Art Consultant

Art Critic/Writer

Art Director

Art Lecturer/Visiting Scholar

Arts Management

Art Supervisor

Art Teacher

Artist-in-Residence

Arts Organization Administrator

Auction House Assistant

Costume Designer

Curator - Corporate, Museum, University

Development/Grant Writer

Director of Visual Arts Program

Exhibition Coordinator

Exhibition Designer

Fine Arts Appraiser

Foundry Owner/Operator

Furniture Designer

Gallery Directter

Model Maker

Multi-media Designer/Artist

Museum Educator/Researcher

Package Designer, Product Designer

Sculptor

Portrait Sculptor

Professor of Art

Restorer, Conservator

Scientific Illustrator, Technical Illustrator

Special Effects Artist

Set Designer

Stylist

Toy Manufacturer and Designer

TV/Video/Film, Cinematograpner

Visual Resources Curator