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Department of Art




The Department of Art is located in the Tower Fine Arts Building, which also houses the Departments of Theatre, Music, and Foreign Language. The second floor of Tower Fine Arts Building holds the studios for Foundations, Drawing, Sculpture, Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, and Photography. Also located in the building are the Visual Resource Center and the Art History lecture room.  Two galleries complement the Studio Art and Art History curriculum, where a variety of exhibitions are held.

Photo: Tower of Fine Arts

Studio Foundations

 The Foundations core intends to provide students with the necessary intellectual and practical skills to identify their own talent and make informed choices concerning their major. This integrated Foundations core includes a sequence of Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, Drawing I, World Art History I and II. The Foundations and Drawing facilities include large worktables, ample wall space for critiques, storage areas for student work and well-lit workspaces. The beginning level drawing course introduces students to fundamental techniques and materials while the upper level courses are structured to challenge the student's conceptual and technical abilities.

Ceramics Studio

 The Ceramics facilities enable our students to explore a range of methods of working with clay, from large-scale ceramic sculpture to functional pottery.  The facilities include 15 electric potter's wheels, 2 kick wheels, and a substantial work area for hand building. Students have access to three clay mixers, a pug mill, a slab roller, a ball mill and a large glaze spray booth. The indoor kiln room houses two electric kilns, one with a digital controller, a 40 cu. ft. gas updraft kiln and a 16 cu. ft. gas downdraft kiln; a raku kiln is located outside. The kiln room, a well-stocked glaze room and a storage room all connect to the 5000 sq. ft. main studio area. The main ceramics room houses ample table space for handbuilding and an area for wheelthrowing as well.  Advanced ceramic students are often given their own workspaces with in the main studio.

Sculpture Studio

Photo: Bronze Pour

The Sculpture studio is a very versatile space. In one large room, everything from cast paper to cast bronze may occur. Our small foundry for casting metal affords the undergraduate the opportunity to use this ancient technique for the creation of contemporary sculpture. In addition we have metal fabrication facilities that include welding (oxy-acetylene, MIG & TIG), a gas forge and a plasma cutter.  Complementing the metal area but within the same studio are tools for working with wood (table saw, band saw, radial arm saw, and a variety of sanders and handheld tools, both electric and pneumatic). Adjacent to the main studio is a critique room that is often used for installations and special projects. The sequence of courses in sculpture is designed to expose students to variety of materials and techniques, including mold making and mixed media approaches with non-traditional materials, while fostering the development of a personal vision and individual expression through sculpture.  Advanced students are often given their own workspaces in a separate room from the main studio.

Painting Studio

 The Painting facilities include two large well-lit studios. Each area has large windows with northern light exposure. One studio is primarily used as classroom space, while the other is reserved for advanced students to allow them the opportunity to maintain their own workspace. Students can also make arrangements to use the fully equipped tool room in the sculpture area to build custom stretchers, panels, and frames.

Students are encouraged to develop a body of work that is based in a range of experiences where they are asked to draw on their own life understandings while addressing the contemporary and historical references within the major. Beginning painting students are moved through a variety of assignments designed to strengthen their proficiency both technically and conceptually. The upper level painting courses emphasize the discovery of individual aesthetic choices as students are helped to develop creative strategies for their own artistic investigations.

Printmaking Studio

 The Printmaking Studio, with its ample inventory of equipment, provides the student with the ability to work in traditional, as well as, non-traditional printmaking processes. The facilities include two intaglio presses, papermaking equipment, an exposure unit for solar plates and photo processes, a variety of rollers and brayers, drying racks, individual flat files for storage and additional equipment to support a variety of techniques.  Intaglio, relief, screen-printing, monotypes, bookmaking and papermaking are some of the processes covered in beginning printmaking along with the aesthetics and history of paper.  Advanced level students are encouraged to be more experimental with techniques such as gum prints, Xerox transfers, altered books, installations, sculptural printmaking and a variety of mixed- media applications within the parameters of printmaking.

Photography Studio

Photography facilities on Brockport campus are set up for black-and-white wet photography and some alternative photographic processes. One spacious darkroom, three film loading rooms, a lighting studio and a separate photo classroom for critiques and presentations comprise the on-campus facilities. The darkroom houses 14 enlarger stations plus two oversized enlargers. The primary goal for Photography students is to acquire personal aesthetics and photographic expression through developing their technical proficiency and visual interpretation associated with contemporary image making.

Graphic Design

The Graphic Design facilities encompass a Mac Computer Lab which houses 21 iMacs, 5 flatbed scanners and two laser printers. The Graphic Design area also includes a workroom off the main computer classroom which houses five iMacs, two inkjet printers, a large flatbed scanner plus worktables to allow flexibility in working for students. The Graphic Design discipline is a comprehensive concentration focusing on skills needed in today's job market. The fundamentals of typography and design are emphasized while at the same time advanced classes in web, advertising, book design and professional practices are available to students. Students are exposed to a wide variety of courses, which help them decide the design path, which is best, suited for them to pursue. Many students also participate in internships, which provide essential real-world experience.

The Tower Fine Arts Gallery

 The Tower Fine Arts Gallery is a 2000 sq ft gallery space of regional reputation that exhibits works of local, national and international artists. Its strength is the frequently changing range of temporary exhibitions, coupled with annual exhibits demonstrating the College's mission of cultural diversity and global interdependence. The gallery is committed to being a showcase for the works of the students, faculty and alumni of The College at Brockport. It strives to be accessible to all segments of its audience and offers supplemental educational programs such as artist lectures and tours.




TheWest Side Gallery

 The West Side Gallery is run by the Art Students Association (ASA) with guidance from a faculty advisor. BFA students use the West Side Gallery for their thesis exhibitions, but the gallery is available to all art students for installations, class exhibitions, and solo or group shows. A gallery dedicated entirely to student works affords Brockport students the opportunity to experience all the professional facets that exhibiting in a gallery space entails. With the aid of the ASA, students prepare the space, design the installation, hang the show, create publicity and host their own reception.

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