The Art Department’s gallery space displays work of undergraduates, graduate students, and professional artists, as well as specially curated exhibitions. Approximately 2000 sq. ft. in size, the gallery accommodates two-and three-dimensional art.
The facilities include a large open work area with 18 pottery wheels and a slab roller, extruder, and a kiln room with three electric kilns. There is a plaster studio where students learn mold-making. Various clay bodies are used for utilitarian, sculptural and architectural ceramics, with equal emphasis on clay’s multicultural traditions (e.g., Egyptian paste and majolica).
Electronic Design & Multimedia
The electronic design studio incorporates four dedicated computer classrooms/labs, a Digital Output Center, and a design studio classroom, facilitating interaction between traditional and digital design production. The computer labs are configured with industry-standard computers configured with hardware and software for a complete range of print and digital applications, including: design, illustration and imaging, print and electronic publishing, animation, video, 3D modeling and animation, web design and web programming and other applications that integrate digital media design and art. Labs provide access to color laser printing and scanning and patch station for audio output and digital video projection. Students have access to medium and large-format archival inkjet printing and checkout of cameras and other media equipment through the Digital Output Center. Payment for printing is through lab fees or credit card. With an open studio policy for currently enrolled students, the lab is available over 60 hrs./wk. under the supervision of the lab manager, faculty, and lab assistants. This facility mirrors the real-world graphics environments found in industry in order to better prepare students for positions in the field.
Painting and Drawing
The painting and drawing rooms are equipped with architectural-quality drafting tables and large easels. Each studio has wall space for critiques and large-scale projects. Model platforms, mat cutters, props and tools for the construction of painting supports are available. The Art Visual Resource Library maintains a collection of slides of student work for reference.
The photography facilities include a black & white darkroom, a conventional color darkroom, a color processing lab, and an advanced digital lab. Facilities also include shooting studios/classrooms. Equipment includes: Speedotron, Bowens Calumet Travelite, and Interfit flash systems, as well as Smith Victor, Arri and Lowell hot lights, Seconic light meters, Manfrotto and Oben tripods, large-format Omega enlargers, a 30" Colenta processor, and a NuArc mercury exposure unit. Cameras available for student use include: Hasselblad H5D DSLR, Mamiya 7 and RZ medium format systems, Cambo, Chamonix, and Toyo 4x5 field cameras. A five station advanced digital lab is equipped with iMac stations, Imacon Flextight X1 scanners, a Nikon 5000EDLS scanner, Epson XL10000 and, Epson 750 scanners, and Epson 3880 and 4880 printers. The David and Lenore Levy Collection of Contemporary Photography is available for student and faculty study in all areas of the Art Department.
The studio is equipped for the teaching of intaglio, lithography, relief processes including woodcut and lino-cut, collagraph, carborundum aquatint, water-based silk-screen, photo-printmaking in etching, silkscreen, lithography, and combinations of all the print media. The Printshop houses three etching, one relief and two lithography presses
,. There is a 62" x 62" Duhit plate maker with a deep well blanket, a plate cutter, large hot plate, aquatint box, large aluminum bed for lithographic plates, lithographic stones in a full range of sizes, a queen size drying rack, numerous rollers of various durometers and dimensions, a hydrobooth and hydroblaster for silk screen, a large format ink jet printer to facilitate the production of oversized images and a Universal laser cutter with a 12” x 24” cutting bed. The integration of equipment for digital and photographic processes with conventional printmaking equipment allows for the full range of printmaking experiences.
The sculpture studio facility is amply equipped for the creation of traditional and non-traditional three-dimensional art. It accommodates various techniques including wood assemblage, construction, woodcarving, plaster, clay, and stone carving. There is a small efficient area for metal fabrication with metal working tools including mig welders and plasma cutters. The studio also houses a basic wood design shop with a table saw, jointer, surfacing tools, hand tools, and several band saws.
The Architecture Library
The Architecture Library contains more than 30,000 volumes related to the programs of the School. It currently receives 70 periodicals, and has a collection of 11,000 pamphlets and pictures. Public workstations in the library offer web access. The Morris Raphael Cohen Library and the Science/Engineering Library are also available for student use. Professor Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez is the Chief Librarian of the Architectural Library.
The Fabrication Shops
Students use the shop to make models that enable them to study design solutions in three dimensions and to analyze construction details and methods. The shop is equipped with laser cutter, 3d printers and CNC equipment as well as hand and power tools for wood and plastic. Instruction is provided in the use of equipment. Use of the shop is integral to the design curriculum, beginning with the first year studio.
The Digital Labs
The Digital Labs, housed in large central spaces in the School, provide students with a variety of networked computer equipment for carrying out graphic and design and building modeling projects. Advanced software for drafting, drawing, mapping and rendering as well as other applications are available. The labs are also used for teaching the various computer courses offered in the School.
Visual Media Lab
Located in the Compton-Goethals building in Room 245A, the Visual Media Lab is a facility that offers digital media resources to students and faculty in the Art Department at CCNY. Fostering community between the labs in the EDM and Photography programs and building on the model of the former slide library, the VML serves as a supplemental facility that provides technology and image resources in a welcoming learning-based setting. By providing various workshops, the VML offers students and faculty access to tools to work on their class projects and the confidence to apply those tools successfully and creatively.