Student Organization

Meets every 2nd Friday of the month @noon



Sculptors at Wagner (SAW) is the student organization for those interested in Sculpture at SIUE. Our organization's purpose is to educate the student body, faculty, and staff about three-dimensional art and to expand the opportunities for student artists. SAW sponsors workshops, demonstrations, and guest lectures, as well as organizes student exhibitions and provides financial assistance to members attending workshops and conferences. Every fall we host the Sculpture on Campus competition. SAW raises funds throughout the school year to secure a well renowned sculptor to jury the finalist’s work. Sculpture on Campus is a unique experience for any student to participate in large-scale public art.  The organization has traveled to New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Detroit to visit galleries, museums and conferences.


SAW hosts an annual Trivia Night, has Bake Sales throughout the semester, and participates the annual Holiday Sale.

2017 SculptureX Symposium - Wayne State University, Detroit

October 14, 2017

2017 SculptureX Symposium - Panel One

“Building a Large Scale Public Sculpture Program: Student Perspectives”
Presented by students and faculty from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Chair: Brad Eilering, Graduate Student
Panelists: Students Sarah Bohn, Jessica Hunt, Alex Jacobs and Joseph Ovalle; Professor Thad Duhigg

Along with Professor Duhigg, students studying a variety of disciplines (painting, fibers, art education, and sculpture), will discuss the implementation and development of a large-scale student sculpture program at a public university and offer a model for how other institutions can develop similar programs. Students will share insights 
into the program including challenges of site specificity and constructing and communicating ideas via large scale works, including structural issues.

Sculpture on Campus - 2017

October 06, 2017

The event kicks off with a public lecture by juror and Cleveland-based artist David Deming, MFA, at noon Wednesday, Oct 4. On Friday, Oct. 6, the public is invited to view the installations during the Sculpture Walk beginning at 4 p.m. in front of Art and Design East.

Student winners will be awarded prizes during a 6 p.m. ceremony in the Art and Design West Building’s Lecture Hall, room 1104. An exhibition featuring Deming’s work will be held from 7-9 p.m. with an opening reception in the Art and Design West Building Art Gallery, room 1120.

The internationally known artist will work with 11 art students who spent the last four months designing, building and installing their outdoor sculptures throughout SIUE’s campus. Participating student artists include Chelsea Belcher, Sarah Bohn, Benjamin Carey, Jessee Crane, Brad Eilering, Dara Garcia, Samantha Hunerlach, Jessica Hunt, Alex Jacobs, Joseph Ovalle and Sarah Walters.

“The program offers SIUE visitors a changing display of innovative and creative contemporary art to spur intellectual discussion and encourage wider art appreciation,” said Thad Duhigg, professor in the SIUE Department of Art and Design. “The participating students have worked rigorously to design and fabricate the impressive large-scale works, built to weather the elements.”

“This program has been transformative,” said graduate student and participating artist Sarah Bohn. “Large-scale works are incredibly challenging, but they are just as rewarding. Through this experience my work has evolved to become more specific and direct. Most importantly, it is through this program that I have learned what I am capable of.”

The original sculpture designs will remain on display on the SIUE campus for one year.

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Presentations @ Sculpture X

starting at top from l to r

Benjamin Carey, Dara Garcia, Sammantha Hunerlach, Vincent Stemmler and Sarah Walters.

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