The sculpture area averages two visiting artist per semester who usually do a workshop in addition to a lecture presentation. Some of the previous artist who have visited the school include: Mel Edwards, Albert Paley, Richard Hunt, Jesus Morales, Mara Adamitz Scupe, Katsumi Murakami, Ojars Feldbergs, and Villu Jaanasoo.
Field trips and visits to museums and conferences such as the annual International Sculpture Conference, SECAC and Mid-America Conferences and many other such gatherings are arranged frequently. The area hosts an annual Iron Pour with visiting artist, faculty and students from as far away as Buffalo, New York; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Atlanta, Georgia. The Sculpture Guild is very active in fund-raising and supporting the visiting artist program, field trips and workshops.
The area has developed an annual summer in the Baltic's foreign study program, which includes studio work, and travel/study in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuanian, Poland and Russia. Summer Graduate Assistantships are usually available to participating graduate students.
The sculpture area has established an ongoing forum for development, exchange and innovation through the UNC Sculpture Consortium. This organization, comprised of every Sculpture Department in the UNC System, represents a statewide resource and network for our students. The Consortium sponsors conferences, exhibitions, exchanges, cooperative ventures and the mutual support for sculpture students and faculty throughout the State University System.
The sculpture area began the process of developing a Distance Education Format for the Graduate Program in Sculpture. The initiative is closely tied to the new Digital Media Lab and the World Wide Web