Craig R. Wedderspoon
CRAIG R. WEDDERSPOON, professor of sculpture at The University of Alabama, specializes in metal and wood fabrication for indoor and outdoor installations and exhibitions. Along with multiple solo and group exhibitions, Craig has completed numerous permanent outdoor commissions throughout the United States. His work in the studio focuses on examining the intrigue of process and the potential of material to communicate thought in the expression of visual philosophy.
Craig has expanded his creative research interests to encompass projects focusing on community outreach. Collaborations include Children’s Hospital of Alabama, the City of Tuscaloosa, the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Schoolyard Roots and many others.
In addition to the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial sculptures at Manderson Landing, Craig Wedderspoon and Caleb O’Connor collaborated on the 16 historical panels commemorating the Alabama Bicentennial that are permanently installed outside the Alabama State Capitol.
Craig began his work in the manipulation and composition of space and three-dimensional thought in 1985 in Miami, where he trained as a glass and crystal carver and was the owner and president of Cwozmar Creative Glass Design. Prior to opening his design company, he was vice president of Architectural Art Glass, Inc. in Miami, working extensively throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean in large-scale design, construction, and installation of carved glass systems.
Craig earned his BFA from Florida International University and his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined UA’s Department of Art and Art History in 1999, where he teaches all levels of graduate and undergraduate sculpture and three-dimensional design. He has received several research grants and awards for his commitment to students and teaching and was one of three inaugural recipients of the McMahon-Pleiad Prize, awarded by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System. In 2013 he was named an Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship recipient.