Professor and Interim Chair
James Sullivan is Professor of Sculpture and Chair of the Division of Art. His sculpture is centered on the body, located in the figurative image itself as well as through objects that construct a more haptic abstraction of bodily forms, spaces and experiences. Much of his recent work has been developed in digital form, using haptic modeling and CAD systems coupled to 3-D printing and prototyping as well as industrial fabrication.
Sullivan earned an M.F.A. in Sculpture at California State University, Long Beach and a B.A. in Philosophy at Yale University. He has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi; Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas; Amerika Haus, Berlin; Galerie Muhlenbusch, Düsseldorf; and the Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau. His work has appeared in over 50 group exhibitions and he has been appointed to numerous residencies. He is represented by Conduit Gallery, Dallas.
At SMU, Sullivan has received three University awards for teaching, including the Altschuler Distinguished Teaching Professorship.He has also taught as a visiting professor at the Hochschule der Kunste Berlin and acted as a visiting critic in drawing at the Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, from 1984 to 2002. He has lectured widely, on sculpture, materiality, the locus of the body in material images, and the meaning of digital approaches to sculpture in relationship to haptic experience and the physical self.