Miller Fine Arts Center
Facilities and Equipment Available to Students
The ceramics studio houses power and kick wheels, clay mixers, a clay extruder and a slab roller. Firing facilities include three electric kilns and two large gas-fired kilns; in addition there are experimental test kilns and a raku kiln facility. A well-equipped glaze mixing area provides experience in glaze testing and calculation. An adjacent showcase houses a growing collection of ceramics from pre-Columbian times to the present.
3-Dimensional Design and Sculpture
In the 3-D and sculpture studio there is equipment to fabricate shapes with various molding materials such as plaster, concrete and clay. For metal work we have oxy-acetylene and electric arc welding; plasma torch and a variety of metal fabricating tools. Power tools for wood working include drill press, table saw, miter saw, and a variety of other power and hand tools. This well-ventilated studio is also equipped with a spray booth. The shop is designed for multi-purpose experiences in a wide variety of materials.
In the photography darkrooms, students have access to 5 Beseler 45MX enlargers with digital timers, Saunders 4 blade enlarging easels, process trays and developing tanks for 35mm, 120, and 4 x 5 film formats. For print finishing there are several mat cutters, retouching supplies, and a 16 x 20 dry-mount press. In addition the photography area has both tungsten lights and studio strobes, several tripods, and a variety of other equipment.
In the art/theatre media lab, there are 13 G5 iMac workstations. Individual computers are equipped with high resolution monitors and CD/DVD read writes. Networked equipment includes: a color laser printer, two Epson 17x19 color ink-jet printers, and two Nikon slide scanners. One workstation is equipped for digital video editing. Installed software includes: Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Final Cut Pro, and Flash.
In the combined drawing and painting studio there are easels, drawing horses, a matting station, 2 model platforms, and lights.
We have a small, well-equipped printmaking lab for lithography and intaglio processes. Equipment includes two presses, one Dickerson Conversion press, motor-driven Ettan hot plate, drying racks, curation station, grinding rack and sink, and a fine collection of Bavarian limestones.