Clack Art Center provides excellent studios and classrooms for undergraduate art students, who have access to most of these spaces 24/7. The Gallery draws viewers from the campus community as well as neighboring universities and the wider central Michigan area. The department’s Mac lab is one of the best equipped spaces on campus for working with digital media. Unusual for an undergraduate program, individual studio spaces are available for students enrolled in Advanced Directed Studio courses.
Two gallery spaces host new shows each month through the academic year. In the large Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery, September’s Annual Juried Student Show begins the year, and the Senior Show is the last exhibit in the Spring. Exhibits by professional artists fill out the gallery schedule, and these artists usually do talks about their work or workshops for students while their work is in the gallery. Adjoining the office area is the smaller Lounge Gallery, where works by recent alumni or other emerging artist, prints from the Permanent Collection, or works related to the exhibits in the main gallery are shown. All exhibitions are free and open to the public.
A central meeting place for faculty and students, this area is an extension of the Gallery where smaller exhibitions are displayed in the Lounge Gallery. Faculty offices are along the hallway, facing the Lounge Gallery, and you can find your faculty members there (or near-by) during posted office hours. This is also the home of The Sofa (PDF version), a favorite resting spot for art students (and faculty) after long nights working in their studios.
The ceramics studio has areas for hand-building and wheel-throwing as well as a glaze lab, where students formulate and make their own glazes. Three electric kilns, a large Alpine gas kiln, and a gas-fired raku kiln in the sculpture courtyard allow students to work with a wide range of ceramic forms and surfaces.
The large, well-lit drawing studio is the home for beginning drawing classes and for students studying life drawing. Large drawers provide space for students to store their portfolios and art supplies.
The sculpture studio is divided into three work areas with equipment for woodworking, welding and metal fabrication, and a large multi-purpose space. In the wood shop, students learn to work with a full range of power tools including the department’s new Sawstop table saw. The metal area is equipped with arc and MIG welders and is set up for oxy-acetelene welding. In the work court yard, there is a Raku kiln and a small building that houses a coal-fired forge.
Graphic Design/Digital Imaging/Photo Studio
A small area off the downstairs drawing studio has been set up for the use of students doing work with jewelry/small metals. A large ventilation hood, enamel and burn-out kilns, acetylene torches, and polishing equipment facilitate a range of fabrication and casting processes.
On each side of the Painting Studio, there are individual studio spaces for students enrolled in Advanced Directed Studio courses. They enjoy having the ability to set up their own work spaces to suit the projects they are doing, and the arrangement of these studios creates a sense of community for the upper-level students. Students apply and are assigned spaces each term.