Light Fine Arts Building
A Tour of Our Facilities
With one exception, our studio courses are capped at fifteen students each (Introduction to Visual Fundamentals has twenty). We have dedicated studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital, and printmaking. Students enrolled in classes have open access to these spaces till 1:00 AM.
The sculpture area includes a separate area for welding as well as a discrete woodshop (for safety and sound reasons). The ceramics area contains fifteen wheels for throwing in a spacious work area; we have a pugmill along with three electric and two gas-fired kilns.
In photography, we have a classroom that functions as a studio, a critique space, and our film developing area. The adjacent darkroom has eight enlargers: most for 35mm film, but one is set up for medium format and one for large format (4" x 5") negatives. We don't plan on getting rid of this darkroom in the foreseeable future as some schools have done.
Our digital lab in the fine arts building has fifteen Macintosh computers (I-Macs) with the latest Adobe software (Creative Suite 5). There is additional digital equipment (computers, scanners, and printers--including an Epson 44" wide printer) in our Center for New Media in the Upjohn Library across the street.
For Senior Individualized Projects students have the opportunity to work out of the Kalamazoo College Community Studio, located downtown in the Park Trades Center. It is a versatile work and exhibition (during monthly Art Hops) space where students can work independently as artists within the Kalamazoo community. The Community Studio is also home to the Partners in Art civic engagement program. SIP students may also have access to the on campus facilities depending on their area of study and requirements.
The gallery, where the seniors have their SIP exhibit during their last quarter here, is approximately 20 x 20 feet square. We can also exhibit work in the fine arts display case, in our spacious lobby, and have lots of wall space up on our 2nd floor balcony.