Facilities & Equipment

The Fine Arts program consists of 10 studios, each specifically designed for the needs of our course curriculum and for safe and accessible student use.

Watkins Residences

Drawing I Studio
1152 square feet
Fully-adjustable art tables, spotlights, extensive still life prop collection.

Drawing II/III Studio
1040 square feet
Fully-adjustable art tables, spotlights, drawing boards, prepared walls for large-scale work.

2-D Design Studio
748 square feet
Tables, light table, color corrected lights, full projection system.

Color Fundamentals Studio
748 square feet
Tables, drying racks, paper cutter, color corrected lights, light tables.

Figure Studies Studio
1040 square feet
Easels, taborets, modeling stands, armatures, figurative props, spotlights.

Painting Studio
1360 square feet
Easels, taborets, spotlights
Spacious studio with 14-foot ceilings, natural light, individual stalls exclusively for painting students.

Printmaking Studio
1144 square feet
Etching press, lithography press, flat files, vacuum exposure table, etching tanks, drying racks, silk screen washing trough, paper soaking sink, plate washing sink, light tables, computer, scanner, printer, color corrected lights.

This studio is one of only a few completely non-toxic college printmaking studios in the country.

Sculpture/3-D Design Studios:

Wood Shop/General Work Area
1200 square feet
Vacuum dust collection system, table saw, miter saw, drill press, two band saws, scroll saw, circular saw, router, jointer, bench vises, nail gun, belt sander, palm sanders, large selection of clamps, oscillating spindle sander, sanding center, sand blaster, reciprocating saw, hammer drill, cordless drills, jig saws, complete mechanics tool set, facilities for plaster, wax, plastic, and rubber mold making and casting, a complete assortment of hand tools for carving stone, plaster and wood, wax and clay tools, high volume exhaust fan.

Welding/Metal Fabrication Shop 
1020 square feet 
Hydraulic horizontal bandsaw, drill press, chop saw, bench vises, bench grinder, large selection of clamps, sanding center, sheer, brake, oxyacetylene torch outfits, arc welders, mig welder, welding tables, cutting tables, die grinders, angle grinders, roto zip, high volume exhaust fan.

Covered Outdoor Work Area
1500 square feet
Bronze, aluminum, and grey iron casting foundry, sand pit, resin bond mold making equipment, cement mixer, chain hoist, rolling gantry.

Clay Studio 
1280 square feet
Three electric kilns, electric test kiln, six electric wheels, large pugmill, small pugmill, extruder, wedging tables, canvas-working tables, extensive glaze lab.

Kiln and Furnace Shed
600 square feet
22-cubic-foot gas kiln, raku kiln, metal casting furnace.

The Brownlee O. Currey, JR. Gallery
864 square feet
Beautiful and airy gallery space ideal for the exhibition of two- and three-dimensional artwork as well as multi-media, including sound and video. Students are provided an opportunity to exhibit every year in our annual juried student exhibition and at the conclusion of the degree program with the senior thesis exhibition.

275 feet of running wall space
Main corridors are maintained and properly lighted for the display of student artwork and special class projects.

Installation Nodes
Two 156-square-foot project spaces at the ends of each corridor are reserved for student multimedia and installation artworks.

Library Resources

The Watkins library features an extensive collection of books on art, artists, and art theory. An amazing resource for students researching both historical and contemporary art movements, the collection is augmented by subscriptions to many of the finest art periodicals available. The library maintains subscriptions to publications from the U.S., England, Italy, and Switzerland, including: AfterimageArt CalendarArt in AmericaArt JournalArt PapersArt ForumCeramics MonthlyFlash ArtFriezeModern PaintersParkettPrintmaking Today, and Sculpture. The slide library has more than 32,000 slides spanning the entire history of art. Additionally, the library maintains a collection of fine art videos, including documentaries, instructional videos, and video art work.

Library computers provide access to our subscription to the Grove Online Dictionary of Art—the most comprehensive art database available—which includes links to more than 130,000 images and more than 40,000 articles on the visual arts.