Fine Art Sculpture Program Expands with New Director of Classical Sculpture
Steven Krochman, the new Director of Classical Sculpture, is ready to help students master
the techniques they need to celebrate the human figure as the Greeks and Romans did. With courses
in life-size portrait sculpture, écorché (the study of 3D anatomy), and other areas of classical
sculpture, students have an impressive array of options to guide them toward making impacts of
“This new area of emphasis will allow those students who are interested in pursuing
classical figurative realism to deeply, and specifically, focus on traditional sculpting
techniques,” said Peter Schifrin, Director of the School of Fine Art Sculpture.
“At the same time, the Classical Sculpture program will allow students who are more
interested in contemporary approaches to fine art to build their knowledge of traditional
techniques, which they can use to inform their contemporary solutions.”
Academy of Art University developed the Classical Sculpture series in response to a
resurgence of interest for the discipline within the art world. With expanding enrollment in the
School of Fine Art Sculpture, many students seek to gain professional training in classical
techniques, including ceramics, bronze casting, welding, forging, jewelry design, metal arts,
papermaking and neon.
About 340 students are expected to take a sculpture course in the fall semester. They will
work within state-of-the-art facilities at Academy of Art University sculpture center, which
includes 50,000 square feet worth of creative space and studios.
With more than 1,700 students, the School of Fine Art at Academy of Art University offers
world-renowned programs in painting, sculpture, drawing, jewelry design and more. Located in San
Francisco’s thriving artistic and creative center, the school is surrounded by a wide range of
museums and cultural activities to inspire and enlighten students.
Krochman has led sculpture, bronze fabrication,
welding and finish chasing courses at top schools, including Boston University and the New England
Sculpture Service, as well as Academy of Art University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in
Sculpture from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Fine Arts from Boston
University. He studied under renowned artists Stephen Werlick and Ron Young during college, where
he pursued figure modeling, mold making and ceramic shell casting.
His work has been selected for several individual and group exhibits throughout California
and is featured in various private and public art collections. He also received the Friedman
Brothers Fellowship from Boston University in 1995.