Professor, Studio Art (Sculpture & Extended Media)
Acting Director, Visual Arts Center
Sculptor, Amy Hauft, grew up Southern California. Between undergraduate school in California and graduate school in Chicago, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Hauft spent the next 2 decades in New York City and the last 8 years in Richmond, Virginia.
She has exhibited her large-scale architectural installations in museums and galleries world-wide including the Brooklyn Museum (NYC), the New Museum (NYC), the International Artists Museum (Poland), The American Academy in Rome (Italy) and PS1 Museum (NYC) among many others. She has been the recipient of numerous significant grants including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, PEW Foundation Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, the Howard Foundation Fellowship and a Public Art Fund Grant, among others. She has been awarded residencies to work in different parts of the world including the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Umbria, Italy and the International Artists Residency Fellowship in Lodz, Poland.
Professor Hauft taught for 14 years at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. In 2004, she was appointed Chair of the Sculpture Department at Virginia Commonwealth University, whose graduate sculpture program was ranked first in the nation by US News and World Report for her entire tenure there. In 2012, Hauft moved her studio to Austin, Texas and was named the Leslie Waggener Professor in Sculpture.