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The Insalaco Center for Studio Arts features drawing and painting studios showcasing naturally-lit rooms with beautiful views of the campus. There are studios and equipment for woodworking, jewelry-making, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, a Mac lab, and private and semi-private studios for upper level BFA, MA, and MFA students.

The Clay Studio consists of a large common workroom with electric and kick wheels, extruders, slab roller, and work tables. Adjoining the workroom is a kiln and glazing room with four electric kilns and two gas kilns. Ceramics majors also have access to personal workspaces that connect to the main workroom and kiln room.

Students in drawing and foundations have access to two adjacent studios, each about 800 square feet of uninterrupted space with 10 ft. ceilings. One studio has floor-to-ceiling windows extending 80 ft. along two walls. The other has floor-to-ceiling windows extending 40 ft. along one wall. Both studios are fully equipped with easels and taborets, as well as track lighting, student lockers, storage racks, and ventilation systems.

Illustration students have access to two adjacent painting and drawing studios, each about 800 square feet of uninterrupted space with 10 ft. ceilings. One studio has floor-to-ceiling windows extending 80 ft. along two walls. The other has floor-to-ceiling windows extending 40 ft. along one wall. Both studios are fully equipped with easels and taborets, as well as track lighting, student lockers, storage racks and ventilation systems. In addition, students have use of four Computer Labs which include a separate MAC lab equipped with negative, slide and flatbed scanners, large-format color inkjet printers, and Adobe Creative Cloud software. 

Photography students have access to two group black and white darkrooms, a private darkroom for making large projection prints, a color darkroom served by a Hope processor, and an alternative processes room devoted to working with historic printmaking methods such as palladium, cyanotype and gum bichromate. The department has seven 4x5 view cameras which are available for student use, along with a variety of 35mm and 21⁄4 cameras. The spacious lighting studios are equipped with versatile strobe systems. Resources include an adjacent Apple computer lab equipped with negative, slide, and flatbed scanners, large-format color inkjet printer, and Photoshop image-editing software.

The large and airy third floor art studio is dedicated space for advanced painting students. The room has moveable partitions for configuring semi private work areas according to class size. Six private art studios 12x15 overlook a stand of mature trees and provide plenty of natural light for each full time graduate student pursuing a terminal degree in studio art painting (MFA).

The printmaking studio provides facilities for working in all the major processes. Currently there are there intaglio/relief presses, one litho press with stones and grinding sink, one letterpress proof press and assorted type, camera room, screen stretching unit and assorted frames, screen washout unit, NU ARC exposure units, and various paper filing and materials cabinets. Adjoining the main studio is a separate graduate MFA studio and a fully equipped papermaking facility including a Hollander paper beater.

The 3D/sculpture area consists of mold-making facilities for casting metal, resins, plaster, and glass. Fabrication equipment allows students to cut, forge. weld and cold-finish metal. The hot shop is outfitted with kilns for glass cutting. slumping, and fusing in addition to the foundry for bronze and aluminum. The jewelry studio provides opportunities for students to work with "light" metals.  The wood studio is designed and equipped for all aspects of wood work as applied to furniture making and sculpture, including carving, lamination, turning, and finishing.




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