Art students and faculty have the pleasure of working in well-equipped studios and classrooms. The facilities underwent major renovations in 2009 with the goal of modernizing the infrastructure (both building and equipment), adding much-needed space, and enhancing efficiency and safety in the studios.
The Art Department's facilities include:
Eleven specialized art studios offer opportunities to work in a variety of media:
FA 319, FA 322
Two large studios host classes in Design, Drawing, and Watercolor. FA 319 is an open studio that all art majors can use irrespective of what classes they are enrolled in.
FA 167, FA 167B
The two studios comprise the Darkroom Photography suite. The Darkroom is comprised of a communal area with chemicals and enlargers in addition to four private, fully equipped darkrooms. Digital Photography takes place in the computer labs, and photo shoots occur in the Production Studio FA 221.
FA 233-234, FA 236
The Sculpture suite includes a series of rooms dedicated to various processes: ceramics, metal fabrication, metal foundry (bronze and aluminum casting), wood construction, stone carving, plaster, wax. The sculpture classes encourage the use of digital processes through a dedicated 3-D computer lab. Computer Aided Manufacturing processes include a Dimensions 3-D Printer, a 3D scanner, a Torchmate 4800 Plasma Cutter, and an Epilogue Helix Laser engraver. Software installed includes TorchmateCAD, Adobe CC. More information and details about the Sculpture studios and equipment can be found in the Sculpture Studios Handbook.
A dedicated Advanced and Collaborative Drawing studio. It is equipped with easels, horses, props, storage, computer, and projection.
This is a dedicated Figure Drawing studio with stage, lighting, props, computer & projection, and plaster casts students may use.
This recently renovated Printmaking studio is equipped to accommodate intaglio, relief, collagraph, serigraphy, and photo intaglio. It also has a darkroom for photo-processes.
The traditional Painting studio accommodates acrylic, oil, and encaustic painting processes. It is equipped with canvas storage, computer and projector, easels, props, and an encaustic area.
Off-hours use of the art studios
- Enrolled students have access to their classrooms 17 hours per day with their college ID.
- All studio doors are outfitted with card access so students can use the facilities outside of class time.
- Card access is automatically activated for enrolled students two weeks after classes start every semester.
- In addition, all art majors have card access to all three computer labs and to one design studio irrespective of enrollment.
Use of the art studios by students
Assuming there is no class in session, students may use the studios to complete their classwork.
Digital & Studio Art majors have open access to all three computer labs (FA 164, FA 301, FA 321), and to one design studio (FA 319) irrespective of the courses for which they are registered.
Engaging in personal projects (club work, home repairs, furniture building and similar) is not allowed.
Use of the art studios by others
The art studios are complex facilities with expensive equipment and extensive safety, maintenance and security considerations.
In order to ensure the availability of our facilities for the educational mission of our programs, only students enrolled in art classes may use the art studios.