Derek L. Chalfant, Assistant Professor of Art

Welcome

Bronze castingBorn in Danville, Indiana, I earned my Master of Fine Arts from The University of Notre Dame after receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Herron School of Art- Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. I have been teaching Art and Art History at Elmira College since 2003.

My courses include contemporary art history, metal casting, furniture design, and all levels of sculpture. I am active on campus and am the advisor for the Elmira College Equestrian Team and Club, Habitat for Humanity and Café Society, the Art and Anthropology club.

I support the arts by jurying regional art exhibitions and performing pro bono work. I exhibit my sculpture and furniture nationally and am continually being commissioned to design and make artwork. My research includes designing and making sculpture and furniture specializing in wood and metal fabrication, as well as casting metal and glass. In the photo above I am casting bronze at a "cool" 1920 degrees F with my students to the right.