Brent Howard

160 Foster Street New Haven, CT 06511





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    



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


2009-2011       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


2014               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 designers

                         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