U.S. sculptor and film artist joins university

U.S. sculptor and film artist joins university

An artist from the United States with an interest in using film to explore identity, endurance and exhaustion has arrived in Cumbria to spend time with students and staff at the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts.

Sculpture and film artist Sandy Williams is a graduate of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and will be working with the institute’s fine art programme.

“It is a pleasure to be here, this being my first time outside of the United States!” Sandy said. “As intent as I am on absorbing this new, rich culture, I am just as eager to meet and learn from the many talented artists here on (the Brampton Road) campus.”

His interests include rural cultures and the relationship between the land, animals and humans across time. While working in Cumbria he plans to produce new work before joining the Sculpture + extended media department at Virginia Commonwealth University in the autumn.

“Students and staff of the fine art programme are delighted to host Sandy Williams and are looking forward with great interest and excitement to see the work that will emerge as a consequence of his time here,” Robert Williams, professor in fine art, said.“We are particularly pleased that he has embedded himself with the MA in contemporary fine art programme, and we are looking forward to working closely with him over the next few weeks.”