Barry Gunderson joined the department in 1974 after receiving his MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He teaches all the sculpture courses in the department from the intro level "Sculpture I" to the more unusual courses such as "Art with a Function" and "Art with Four Legs." His work also deals with the third dimension from outdoor public commissions to smaller studio pieces.

Artist's statement: "Learning to be an artist is a very complex process. Learning to enjoy art by trying to make it is also complex. Once it is started the process has to be practiced and explored - perhaps for a lifetime. As an artist/teacher I think it is important to share my studio trials and tribulations for art-making is always fun but rarely easy. It is also important to share the joys of this activity - those times when an idea in combination with carefully selected and worked materials yields a product I am proud to exhibit. It is also a joy to help students dig deeply into themselves, then to use all their energies and resourcefulness to create a work they never thought possible."

Areas of Expertise



1973 — Master of Fine Arts from Univ Colorado Boulder

1967 — Bachelor of Arts from Augsburg College