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School of Art - Facilities

The School of Art encompasses facilities totaling over 50,000 square feet. The main Fine Arts building houses the divisions of Art Education, Art History and Criticism, Drawing, Painting, Photography and Printmaking. The divisions of Ceramics and Sculpture are housed in the Art Annex, with additional graduate studios for Painting, Drawing and Art History students in Schrieber.

Within the main Fine Arts building, the Art History and Criticism division contains a student resource center, seminar room and lecture room. The Drawing studio is a well-lit space with an attached walk-in spray booth for 2D works. The adjacent Painting studio is a spacious ventilated area with BFA spaces for Drawing and Painting students. The main Photography studio has both black and white and alternative process darkrooms, a dedicated lighting studio, and BFA studio spaces. The main Printmaking studio is located on the top floor and includes a ventilated acid room; a second press room is available for graduate and BFA printmaking students. In addition the building contains a clean room/matting area for students, a small woodshop, a large Macintosh computer lab and the administrative offices for the school.

Adjacent to the Fine Arts building is the Social Sciences building which hosts the Gallery of Visual Arts (GVA). This 2,200 square foot professional gallery hosts 8-12 exhibitions a year by nationally and internationally known artists. The GVA hosts the annual juried student art exhibition, and the BFA and MFA student exhibitions.

The Art Annex houses the divisions of Ceramics and Sculpture. The Ceramics area has a large indoor facility, with adjacent indoor kiln room, glazing areas, outdoor kiln area, BFA and graduate studios. The Sculpture area located next to Ceramics also has a large indoor space, with BFA and graduate studios, outdoor yard and foundry area. The Art Annex also has the Off Center Gallery space for student exhibitions.

For more detailed descriptions on specific facilities and the equipment they have, please visit the main page for your program of interest.

Access

The building hours for the main Fine Arts building and Art Annex are from 7:00 am. to 11:00 pm seven days a week. Students in the building prior to 11:00 pm may stay longer to work.

BFA Studios

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BFA students are given studio spaces in which to work during their final year, leading up to their BFA exhibition. Studios are designated by the division faculty within each area. BFA spaces for drawing and painting students are located in the Fine Arts building’s painting studio. BFA spaces for photography and printmaking students are located on the first floor of the Fine Arts building, and ceramics and sculpture students are located in the Art Annex. BFA space is given to a BFA student at the beginning of their senior year. If the student is accepted into the BFA program before their senior year and if there is room, they can get a space before that. The allocation, organization, and upkeep of the spaces is managed by the faculty from that division. This management of space would include the assignment of space, allotment of keys if needed and awareness of facilities and maintenance issues.

Graduate Studios/Facilities

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Graduate studios for Drawing, Painting and Art History are located in Schrieber Gym. Photography and Printmaking graduate students are located in the main Fine Arts Building. Ceramics and Sculpture graduate students are located in the Art Annex.

All graduate students enjoy 24-hour access to their private and semi-private studios along with 24-hour access to their main studio facilities.

Every graduate student has a place to work, whether a studio space or office in which to research. These spaces are assigned and managed by the coordinator of each division. The division coordinator from the area in which the student was accepted determines the location of a graduate student’s space. The location of your graduate space may vary over the course of study. As much as possible, division heads try to accommodate the production needs of the student. Spaces are assigned the week before classes start or by appointment with division coordinator. Upon completion of his or her thesis exhibition, the graduate student should vacate his or her studio space in a timely fashion. Studio spaces must be returned to the same condition which they were originally presented.