Gravity starts here . . .
The Sculpture program offers the resources to support the development of artwork in traditional, contemporary and experimental media, as well as installation, interdisciplinary projects, site-specific, social and community-based work, and other public projects.
Creating, along with critical perspectives and research combine to work within the ever-expanding realm of what is sculpture today.
In addition to on-site facilities, opportunities are offered to participate in projects located in nearby cities such as Portland and Salem, while study trips allow students to work collaboratively on projects.
The program also includes professional practices to develop future careers and professional opportunities. Students are regularly involved in internships, projects and exhibitions.
On-site facilities and equipment include:
- A woodshop with table saw, planer, sanders, bandsaws, grinders and numerous hand tools
- A metal shop with fabrication capabilities that include a metal break, shear, oxy-acetylene, MIG and TIG welding, and plasma cutting equipment
- Stone carving equipment such as wet and dry grinders and polishers, diamond saw and hand tools
- A mold-making shop
- Connections with an off-campus foundry that is equipped to pour bornze and stainless steel into ceramic shell, sand and classical investment molds
- Indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces
- Individual work spaces
- Student storage spaces for projects
Using additive and reductive processes, students learn to operate the tablesaw, planer, radial arm saw, drill press, bandsaw sanders and grinders.
Students create stone sculpture in traditional and modernist methods as well as working with wood or steel in combination with stone. Grinders, wet polishers, diamond saws, pnuematic tools and hand tools are demonstrated and utilized.
The Intermediate and Advanced course assignments rotate on a two year schedule, and provide the opportunity for students to learn how to use stone as the primary material in the creation of sculptural forms. As opportunities arise in the community, course projects may include cooperative art-making efforts.
Some examples of projects include: bas relief, mixed media, minimalist sculpture, wood and cement sculpture, linear constructions, figurative forms, drawing forms, contemporary totems and the mold-making and casting process for work in bronze, rubber, plastic, foam and nontraditional media.
About the Professor
His work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally, appearing in venues such as the Henry Gallery,Polly Friedlander Gallery, Francine Seders Gallery, Akane Art Gallery, Ginza District, Tokyo, Como Art Gallery, Saitama University, Matui-Imai Gallery in Japan, Reg Vardy Gallery at University of Sunderland, England, Portland Art Museum, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Musuem, Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, the Marylhurst Education Center, Cheney Cowles Memorial Musuem, C.M. Rssell Musseum in Great Falls, Montana, Museum of Texas Tech University, and San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.
Professor Hoffman has been teaching and making art for more than thirty-five years. Since 1988, he has taught at Western Oregon University. His previous teaching experiences include Oregon State University, Portland State University, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Seattle Pacific University. He has guest lectured in such diverse locations as Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic, England, the National Art School of Papua New Guinea, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China and Saitama University, Saitama City, Japan.
His career began with a review by art critic and writer, Lucy Lippard, and was featured in the”Art in America’ periodical July/August 1976. His work has also been reviewed extensively in regional newspapers and magazines.
Professor Hoffman’s work is included in the permanent collections of the College of Oceanography, OSU, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, Kaiser Permanente, Yakima Community College, Washington, City of Seattle, State of Washington Public Art Collection, Southern Utah State College.
He was invited to serve as a board member for the Salem Art Association and chaired the SAA Exhibition Committee for six years. He served two years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Artist Equity Association, Oregon Chapter. Since 1988 he has served as the Art Department head for ten years.
Professor Hoffman’s expertise, experience, and reputation have earned him awards, opportunities to jury competitive exhibitions and the respect of his peers. In 1997 he earned Western Oregon University’s highest faculty award for scholarly and creative work.