Brent Howard


2000-2002   MFA in Sculpture, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY

1995-1999   BFA in Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
-Mathias J. Devito Scholarship Program (1995-1999)
-Scholarship Art Awards (1995)

Teaching Experience

2017-present  | Graduate Sculpture Professor, Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
-"Sculptural Poesis: Material and Facture is graduate level course that focuses on critical theory and
fabrication of sculpture in contemporary art.

2011-present | Graduate Sculpture Critic, Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
-Weekly individual and group critique of first and second year sculpture graduate students
-Graduate admission and interview panel to select incoming graduate students

2011-present | Sculpture Wood and Metal Shops Director, Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
-Manage annual budget and spending for both wood and metal shops
-Schedule wood and metal shop safety monitors and both shops availability
-Instruct and assist undergraduate and graduate students with the use of machinery  and hand tools for the fabrication of sculptures   
-Maintain and organize the wood and metal shops and machines and tools

2009-present | Lecturer, Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
-Teach Introduction and Intermediate level classes in the wood and metal shops as well as various sculptural and industrial material applications
-Senior Thesis advisor for undergraduate art majors  2010-present
-Independent Studies courses with various students from various  concentrations as well as art majors  2010-present
-Lead discussions on theory of art practice as well as critical discourse
-Instruct and assist undergraduate and graduate students in the fabrication visualization, and conceptualization of sculpture

2009-present | Sculpture Metal Shop Director, Yale School of Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
 -Instruct and assist undergraduate and graduate students with the use of machinery and hand tools for the fabrication of sculptures
-Maintain and organize the metal shop and its machines and tools

2009-2012  |  Welding Instructor, Apex Technical School, New York, NY
-Instruct courses in MIG, TIG and Stick Arc welding certifications
-Grading and classroom testing on welding blueprints and welding engineering

2009-2011  | Metal Sculpture and Furniture Instructor, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, NY
-Instruct and assist students with the use of machinery and hand tools for the fabrication of sculptures and furniture
-Instruct and assist undergraduate and graduate students with the use of machinery and hand tools for the fabrication of sculptures
-Maintain and organize the metal shop and its machines and tools

Professional Experience

2017-2019 | Lead Consultant, Skowhegan Artist Residency, Skowhegan, ME
-Research, development and outfitting the renovation of Skowhegan's metal shop and filtration unit

2013 | Lead Foreman and Fabricator, “Blue Angels”, Art Basel, Miami, FL
-Fabricated and installed large-scale sculpture for artist, Michelle Lopez

2012 | Welder and Fabricator, "Hardware Seda-Hardware Silk", Yale University, New Haven, CT
-Fabricated, welded and polished three stainless steel sculptures for artist, Jac Leirner

2011 | Lead Welder and Fabricator, Yale University Gallery, New Haven, CT
-Managed, fabricated and installed sculptures for “Romanian Kiosk Company” by Mircea Nicolae,
Niarchos Foundation artist-in-residence recipient, curated by Robert Storr                                                             
-Lead Welder and Fabricator, “Carousoul”, Art Basel: Basel, Switzerland
-Managed, engineered and fabricated large, integral metal post and large, aluminum ring for Nari Ward

2010 | Grand Prize Winner, DIY Dominator, DIY Network
-Won grand prize on a reality, welding television show of 2500 finalists from North America and Canada

2000-2010 | Assistant to Louise Bourgeois, New York, NY,  2000-2010
-Lead fabricator and manager of production of "Spider Couple", 2002
-Assisted the fabrication of major sculptures including a number of sculptural elements and three "Maman" sculptures  2000-2010  

2002-2009 | Owner and Head Fabricator, Soapstone Studios, Brooklyn, NY
-Managed large scale projects and installations
-Researched and created a variety of custom work for influential designer and design firms such as: Coach, ABC Carpet, Pembrooke
and Ives and DYAD, and sculptors Nari Ward and Leonardo Drew.                     
-Foreman, lead welder and fabricator for nine, steel bike racks by David Byrne, New York, NY, 2008
-Foreman, lead welder and fabricator for “Engagement”, Dennis Oppenheim. Beijing Olympic Games Commission, Hong Kong, China, 2008
-Fabricator for “Fractal Dice”, Keith Tyson, New York, NY, 2008
-Welded, fabricated and managed Nari Ward’s “Voice 1,2 and 4” for the New York Parks Department, 2007
-Managed, fabricated and installed two large scale sculptures for “Odyssey of a Cockroach” by Yoko Ono, October 04, 2003 - November 01, 2003

2007-2008 |  Foreman, Project Manager and Lead Welder,  Architectural Metal Fabricators, Brooklyn, NY
-Oversaw large-scale projects and installations such as the staircase at Ermenegildo Zenga, 5th Avenue, New York, NY, 2008

2000-2001 | Welder and Finisher, Modern Art Foundry, Astoria, NY
-Lead welder for three of Louise Bourgeois; "Maman"

1999-2000 | Class A Certified Welder and Machinist, NEMCO, Philadelphia, PA
-Welded and machined turbine engines for Westinghouse and Lockheed Martin


- ”Factory Series”, University of New Haven, Seton Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2013
- “Reflections On Nearby Desolation”, University of New Haven,Seton Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2013
- ”Hands On, Hands Off”, Yale School of Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, 2010
- ”Umwelten”, Gowanus Studio Space, Brooklyn, NY October, 2009
- Third Annual Scope Show, Hotel Gansevoort, New York, NY March, 2004
- 49 Street Gallery, Brooklyn, NY March-June 2002, June-August 2003, September-December 2004, March-September 2005, June 2006
- Williamsburg Art Center, Brooklyn, NY, March-June, 2002


- "It's Going to Get Hot", Yale Alumni Assembly LXXVI, Interactive Series, Yale University, November, 2016
- “Chere Louise”, a conversation with Bridgitte Cornand, Robert Storr and Brent Howard, Yale School of Art, March 2016
- “First Year Graduate Presentation”, moderator, Yale School of Art, September 2015
- “Things I Wish I Was/Wasn’t”, lecture on my work and approach to it, Yale School of Art, April 2015
- “Life After Yale”, panel discussion with John Pilson, Monroe Galloway and Brent Howard, November 2014
- “Marc Setteducati”, panel discussion with Robert Storr, Lisa Kereszi and Brent Howard, September 2014
- “It’s Like Sewing (but with Electricity and Metal)” , Adult and Teacher Program lecture and workshop on sculptor, Sir Anthony Caro led by Brent Howard,
Yale Center for British Art, November 2012


-Robert Storr, “Intimate Geometries: The Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois” The Monacelli Press, 2016
-Susan Gonzalez, “Art School Lecturer is Crowned DIY Dominator”, Yale Bulletin, October, 2010
-Brian D. Leitch, "Always on Sunday", New York Times, August 18, 2002  
-ArtNet .com, "Ask Mark Kostabi", by Mark Kostabi, 2004
-Sari Carel, "A Conversation With Louise Bourgeois, New York, New York", Zing Magazine 15, 2001
-Amet Wallace, "Spinning Webs: The Sunday Salons of Louise Bourgeois", Artists Space, 2001


- Highly skilled in all techniques of TIG, MIG and ARC welding including horizontal, vertical and overhead welding as well as plasma and Oxy/Acetylene cutting
- Highly skilled with woodworking hand tools, planner and jointer machines as well as table routers, saws and various industrial wood machinery
- Highly skilled and certified in welding, fabricating and finishing of the following metals: steel, (hot and cold rolled) stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, brass, and titanium
- Skilled in machining with horizontal metal and wood lathes and milling machines
- Experienced in the maintaining and repairing of tools ranging from hand-held to welders and heavy-duty metal and metal working equipment
- Well versed in the reading of welding, engineering and architectural blueprints
- Experienced in many types of mold making, such as ceramic shell, cold resin-bonded sand, rubber and plaster
- American Heart Association certified First Aid/CPR/AED 2009-present

References (available upon request)

- Martin Kersels, Director of Sculpture, Yale School of Art
- Robert Storr, Professor of Painting and Printmaking 2006-present, Dean of Yale School of Art, 2006-2016
- Nari Ward, Professor of Sculpture, Hunter College (CUNY), artist
- Leonardo Drew, artist

© 2018 Brent Howard.