The recently renovated painting studio has two rooms that serve all levels of painting, as well as drawing and special topic courses. The overall structure of the studio is designed to give students a visible progression in their work-spaces as they move through the painting program. The divisions include a large central space for beginning and second-level students, a semi-private studio area for intermediate students, and a block of private studios for advanced painters. The main studio is equipped with easels, tabourets, generous racks for storage, and a newly built thirty-six foot wall, used as a working wall, for large pieces, and as a critique space. The studio is well lit through a bank of north-facing windows that run the length of the space, skylights, and various studio lighting, and includes a central ventilation system. The second room, known as The Annex, is a multiple use workspace with a miter saw, work tables, other small tools and additional storage, and a t.v. monitor for lectures and presentations. Within this physical space, students work to develop a sustainable practice through the exploration of material, historical and contemporary ideas and practices, visual construction, and critical thinking. The overarching objective of the painting program is for each student to make challenging work that questions itself and the world to which it belongs.
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