The Department of Visual Arts

Visual Arts Facilities and Resources

Feigenbaum Center for Visual Arts

This newly renovated spacious building has studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and 2D and 3D design, as well as a media lab, photography suites and dark rooms. The center also houses the Crowell and West galleries, individual studios for advanced students, and a metalworking studio alongside an outdoor sculpture space.

Highlights

Drawing Studio

With 1,600 square feet of workspace, the studio rivals some of the most prestigious academies in the country and abroad. The studio is equipped with a state-of-the-art Creston projection and speaker system, a Sentry Air System hood for sealing drawings with spray fixative, motorized shades over two large skylights, fully dimming overhead lights and central track lighting for full light control. Two walls of windows offer steady natural light. A collection of real human skeletons, human and animal skulls, and plaster casts and busts are housed in this room for student use.

Painting Wing

The three-room painting wing on the third floor features two connected painting studios and an art supply room. The main classroom has a state-of-the-art Creston projection and speaker system, track lighting, fully dimming overhead lights and abundant natural light. Advanced students have access to independent studios in the adjoining room with movable walls for extra privacy. Connected to the Painting Studio is an art supply room that houses all materials needed for painting, including paints, brushes, stretcher bars, canvas rolls and heavy papers. There is also a 4 x 8 foot table under the canvas and paper roll rack for building and stretching canvases. 

Sculpture and 3D Design Studio

The 1,500-square-foot 3D Design Studio is used primarily for working in clay, plaster and stone. The 2,000-square-foot Sculpture Studio is used for more advanced techniques and projects. It is fully equipped for metal work, with four separate welding stations. Students requiring wood fabrication use this woodshop. Each of the studios is equipped with powerful built-in fume and dust extraction systems and numerous safety features.

Crowell and West

The Crowell and West gallery spaces, combined, comprise a 1,400-square-foot art gallery with 12-foot-high ceilings. The longest stretch of wall is 34-feet-long, making it possible to show large scale works. In a typical year, we showcase two professional artist exhibitions and two exhibitions of student work. Featured artists have included humanitarian photojournalist Nancy Borowick ’07; traditional Japanese woodblock printer Hokusai Katsushika; contemporary woodblock printmakers Takuji Hamanaka, Mike Lyon and Yasu Shibata; sculptors Patrick Healy and Jack Howard-Potter ’97; painters Stephen Pentak ’73, Claire Sherman and Didier William; and photographers Donna Fitzgerald and Mark McCarty. We host receptions and artist talks regularly throughout the academic year.

Seniors' Studios and Student Lounge

The third floor Student Lounge is reserved for Visual Arts majors and minors. It houses floor-to-ceiling bookshelves stocked with art volumes; a refrigerator, microwave and table; and a studio area that seniors adjust to their personal preferences each year. Each senior gets their own area with ample wall space, easel, drafting table and other necessary equipment. All rooms have skylights that provide natural light.

The Nott Memorial

This National Historic Landmark is home to the Mandeville Gallery, which exhibits nationally recognized contemporary artists. The Wikoff Student Gallery showcases student works as well as the campus-wide LGBTQ+ exhibit. The popular Lothridge Festival of Dance is held in the Nott each spring during Steinmetz Symposium.