- Wood Studio
- Metal Studio
- Sculpture Classroom
- Sculpture Tech Studio
- Installation Studio
- Lighting and Green Studio
- Photography Wing
- Advanced Student Studios
The upgraded safety, comfort, and convenience of a separate wood studio will significantly improve the working conditions for those students and faculty involved in the artistic manipulation of wood. The 1042-square-foot studio will be equipped with a full complement of woodworking tools to accommodate student sculpture projects. Among the resources: such tools as miter saws, horizontal band saws, a table saw, a scroll saw, an Inca band saw, a wood lathe, a disc sander, a belt sander, a joiner, and a drill press, as well as compressor connections and generous portable tool storage.
The improved convenience, safety, and comfort of the dedicated metal studio and adjoining welding room will greatly enhance the creative process for those students and studio art faculty engaged in the manipulation and construction of metal. The 998-square-foot metal studio will be equipped with grinders and a spray booth. The welding room, with three work stations, will be outfitted with oxygen and acetylene tanks for the torch, a plasma cutter, a roller press, and a table with a fume hood. Both studios will have eye wash stations, sinks, and compressor connections.
The 1,073-square-foot sculpture classroom will provide ample space for students to explore sculpture's basic elements and ordering principles and to participate in group critiques. The overhead, state-of-the-art digital projection system will facilitate class slide lectures and presentations. The classroom is close to a separate kiln area for clay projects.
This space will be occupied by a studio art major hired by the department to supervise and offer technical assistance to students using the sculpture studio during the evenings and weekends. This studio will provide enough space for the individual to store project materials, equipment, and works-in-progress.
Installation art is a contemporary, multifaceted form of expression using a variety of media to create an art experience that completely involves the viewer as a participant. The basis of installation art is creating or altering a space for an audience to enter. This dedicated studio, encompassing 982-square-feet of adaptable space, will enable students to do just that by hanging objects from the ceiling or creating their own temporary structures. Installation art is part of the lexicon of the contemporary art world, and a space such as this gives students the opportunity to experience that world in a professional context.
This versatile studio will allow students to more fully explore the creative possibilities associated with video technology and photography. The 606-square-feet of unobstructed space will ensure that portable lighting can be set up at the necessary distances and angles to achieve a wide variety of effects. Students will be able to use backdrops that allow for digital techniques such as dropping out a background. Such features will allow students to take their video art and photography to new levels of imagination.
The new photography lab and classroom areas will provide an ideal creative environment and expanded artistic opportunities for both novice and advanced students. The design will ensure that materials and equipment are available to students engaged in intermediate, experimental, and advanced work. Each student will have flat file space to store artwork and photographic papers, as well as sufficient counter space for matting and mounting final projects. There will be expanded space for work that crosses the digital divide, including a specialized area for producing silver-based prints from digital negatives. Students will also have the opportunity to produce compelling work using alternative photographic methods, such as liquid emulsions on metals, woods, and fabrics.
These shared studios--located on the first, second and third floors of the building--will be made available to senior studio art majors, giving them a secure and convenient place to work and to store project materials, equipment, and works-in-progress. Private spaces such as these nurture creativity and are essential to the artistic process.