Facilities

Department of Art and Design

Calcia Hall

The Department of Art and Design occupies several buildings on campus. Its main facility is Calcia Hall which houses all the Fine Arts specialization studios, a 122-seat auditorium, and mediated lecture rooms, as well as the main administrative and faculty offices. Both the MFA in Studio Art and the BFA in Industrial Design programs occupy the two floors of Finley Hall South. Specialized computer labs for Animation, Digital Photography, Graphic Design, and Industrial Design are located on the lower level of College Hall, while facilities for the Fashion Studies program are located on the lower level of the Howard Fox Theatre. Students also have access to arts facilities outside the department, including the DuMont Television Center and the George Segal Gallery. Many of the department’s facilities have been renovated or newly built to meet the high quality standards of our studio programs.

 


Art Galleries on Campus

George Segal Gallery | MFA Gallery | Gallery 3 1/2

Studio Facilities


George Segal Gallery

George Segal Gallery

The beautiful George Segal Gallery is a wonderful addition to MSU's arts facilities and a resource for students in the Department of Art and Design. Architecturally, the Gallery is state of the art and conforms to museum-approved standards. It comprises 3,130 square feet of exhibition space that is climate controlled with lights and nuclear window shades that block natural light. The Gallery also includes a dry fire suppression system, wood floors, track lighting, movable transparent exhibition walls, seminar and art prep rooms and more. The gallery was born out of the generosity of the George and Helen Segal Foundation and Montclair State's commitment to the arts.

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MFA Gallery

MFA Gallery

The MFA Gallery is a venue dedicated to exhibiting works produced by students enrolled in the university's Master of Fine Arts degree program. The gallery provides MFA candidates a space to exhibit and photograph their work as well as a professional forum for critical discourse and feedback. Self-managed and curated, the gallery additionally offers MFA candidates frontline experience in exhibition installation and the opportunity to enhance their personal show resumes. The MFA Gallery is just one example of MSU's commitment to providing the best possible facilities for its growing arts programs.

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Gallery 3 1/2

Gallery 3 1/2

Gallery 3-1/2 is a student-run gallery for the undergraduate program, located in Calcia Hall. Exhibitions of student works generally run for two weeks each during the fall and spring semesters. The gallery is closed during the summer. For information on current shows, call 973-655-7295.

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Animation Studio

Animation Studio

The Animation/Illustration program shares a specialized computer lab with the Industrial Design program. The lab is equipped with 16 PC workstations and current, industry-standard animation software, such as Maya, LightWave, Cinema 4D, and Mirage.

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Calcia Auditorium

Calcia Auditorium

Calcia Auditorium is a 122-seat facility dedicated to projection programming and lectures, containing a professional sound-proof booth with editing, mixing and dubbing capabilities.

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Ceramics Studio

Ceramics 1

The Ceramics Studio contains three large Alpine kilns, several raku kilns, four large and three smaller electric kilns, eighteen pottery wheels, a clay mixer, slab rollers and an extruder. This equipment supports the exploration of sculptural and vessel forms in porcelain, stoneware, terra cotta, earthenware, raku and primitive firings.

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Drawing Studio

Drawing Studio 1

The Drawing Studio is equipped with easels, tables, a model platform, dimmable spot-lighting, and flat file storage. Used for both Drawing and Life Drawing classes, it accommodates up to eighteen students at a time.

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Fashion Studies Studio

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The Fashion Studies Facility is a newly renovated state-of-the-art suite that includes a fashion design studio, fashion studies classroom, and computer laboratory. Fashion Studies students have access to industrial and institutional sewing machines as well as space for the creation of individual, original designs using flat pattern and draping methods. In the fashion studies classroom, students use light boxes for the examination of textile fabrics and for illustration of fashion designs. The computer laboratory is available for students using computer-aided design as well as for analysis of research findings.

The facility also houses the program’s Historic Costume collection, displayed in a special temperature/humidity controlled room, equipped with examination tables that allow students to study collection items personally. Large display cases are available for exhibition of both the historic collection and student designs.

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Graphic Design Studio

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The Graphic Design Studio spaces are split between College Hall and Calcia Hall. The main Graphic Design Studio, with computer labs, critique spaces, printing facilities, and faculty offices, is in College Hall. Calcia Hall contains a general studio/classroom for beginning level courses and lectures.

The Graphic Design Studio is equipped with 22 iMac desktop computers with 24-inch displays. The facility has two high-resolution scanners that can scan up to 11 x 17 inches. Color and B&W printing is available for students free of charge for class projects during classes and open lab time. The facility is open and overseen by student assistants for 40 hours per week outside of class time, including weekends.

There are additional computers connected to special equipment for video and sound recording, slide scanning, and multimedia. The area has a Color Output Center available during open lab hours. The Center has a Canon Color Copier with Fiery RIP, a laminator, and several inkjet printers, the largest capable of printing up to 40 inches by 15 feet. Students are charged a nominal fee for materials to have prints made on these printers.

The Graphic Design area also has a small print shop with offset presses and a Heidelberg letterpress, together with binding facilities for short-run printing.

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Illustration Studio

The Illustration Studio is outfitted with ten 2D animation light tables, a digital capture station, and a specialty art projector.

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Industrial Design Studio

Industrial Design

The main hub of the Industrial Design program is located in Finley Hall. The complex includes a model-making studio, design laboratory, seminar room and 3-D printing facility. Students take all of their design studio courses and work on their independent project assignments in this space. The facility is equipped with wireless Internet, a presentation area and audio-visual equipment.

The 24-workstation computer lab, equipped with 3-D design and 2-D rendering software, is housed in ID’s additional facility in College Hall. Apart from these spaces, ID majors take their mandatory foundation and collateral studio classes in Calcia Hall.

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MFA Facilities

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The MFA in Studio Art facilities occupy two floors of Finley Hall South. The ground floor houses administrative offices, a mediated seminar room, a student MFA Gallery, common lounge, shared workshop area, and individual student studios; additional studios are located on the second floor.

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Metalwork and Jewelry Studio

Metalwork Studio

The Metalwork and Jewelry Studio is fully equipped with 16 workstations for jewelry fabrication and casting. Available equipment includes polishing and grinding machines, five gas soldering areas, a belt sander, drill presses, sheet and wire rolling mills, a sand blaster, an assortment of stakes and hammers as well as complete casting capabilities including a centrifugal casting machine and burn-out kilns. The studio also has all typical major equipment including a lathe, hydraulic press, large smithing stakes, and a wide variety of sheet metal tools. Computer facilities for online work and image viewing are in the studio as well. Metalwork and Jewelry facilities are further complemented by the department's independent library of 125,000 slides, many of them craft related.

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Painting Studio

Painting Studio

The Painting Studio includes a large and airy work area with expansive wall and window space, natural light and easels for up to 18 painters. The room also includes a model stand and storage racks for both large and small paintings and easels for up to eighteen students.

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Photography Studio

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The Photography Studio includes the following workspaces and equipment:

  • Group darkroom (315 square feet) including ten workstations, all capable of handling negatives up to 4 x 5, and a large community sink can accommodate prints up to 20 x 24.
  • Separate color darkroom (150 square feet) including two 4 x 5 color enlargers and one 8 x 10 enlarger. This room is equipped with a sink measuring 4 x 6 feet and water temperature controls. Images can be projected on the walls for mural-size prints.
  • Eight individual darkrooms with different types of enlargers, all capable of handling medium and large formats.
  • Work space for film processing, drying, matting, storage etc. amounts to over 650 square feet.
  • Main classroom (730 square feet) has gallery lighting for group critiques and exhibitions.
  • Two-station digital lab (72 square feet) with scanners and printers supplements the main 15-station digital facilities, which also houses Epson 4000, 7800, and 9800 printers and current software and hardware.
  • Studio (420 square feet) with a range of lighting options offers a flexible space to work on commercial as well as personal projects. This studio also incorporates one of the largest panoramic camera obscura in the region.

Equipment available to students ranges from Nikon and Canon (digital and analog) 35 mm to Mamiya 6 x 7, 4 x 5, and 8 x 10 cameras, tripods, hot lights, portable professional flashes etc.

The photography studio is available to all undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in photography. MFA students in addition are given their own private studio/workspace.

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Printmaking Studio

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The Printmaking Studio is equipped with a large format Takach Etching press, two medium Charles Brand etching presses and a Brand Lithography press. Also included are a number of litho stones and a hydraulic lift for transporting as well as a darkroom for all photo processes, an acid room for etching, and a small digital lab with a large format printer. The facility has silkscreen tables hinged for commercial aluminum screens, a spray booth for waterbase printing, power washer, and a large exposure unit for photo and digital exposures. General equipment includes a NuArc exposure unit for all photo litho and photo-polymer processes.

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Sculpture Studio

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The 2,000 square-foot Sculpture Studio contains a large inventory of both portable and stationary power equipment to enable work in wood, metal, stone, and other materials. Occupying approximately 3,500 square feet, the area is comprised of an indoor studio and outdoor patio. A plaster room for mold making and casting is a component of the studio, as is a foundry for metal casting sited in the outdoor space. The sculpture area has an extensive array of stationary power equipment for woodworking and metal fabrication (both ferrous and non-ferrous), and a substantial inventory of portable hand tools. Ceramic sculpture is taught in the department's ceramics facility.

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