BEARD ARTS CENTER
Beard Arts Center houses the Foundry Lab for our in-house design team, as well as a ceramics studio with three kilns, the photo lab with cyc wall, high-quality Epson large format printers in our Mac lab, an illustration studio, two galleries and much more. All of these assure that our students have easy access to the latest technology needed to carry out a variety of creative projects so they will be on top of their game when entering their field of choice.
Center Hall hosts all of the Foundations courses with drawing classrooms and full access to the sculpture gym for three dimensional design. Beyond the average classroom we have a variety of workspace including personal student studios, the Figure Drawing Studio and the Nature Lab where students can learn to draw from 3D figures. We’re proud of the spaces and hardware our students have access to on a regular basis.
Every semester our galleries bring visiting artists and designers to further our education. We currently have 5 galleries. The Williams Galleries are found in the Beard Arts Center, where the visiting artists and designers hold their lectures and openings. The 1920 is a student operated space located in the Barnes Student Center, allowing us to gain hands on experience in art curation and managing a gallery. The Curfman Gallery and a student gallery reside in Center Hall, where many smaller student and faculty shows exhibit. In addition to the on-campus events, we also have regular Pop-Up Gallery shows in downtown Marion, thanks to our wonderful friends. After all, what is Art + Design without community?