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.
The art department has facilities for both digital and black and white film photography. In our darkroom students have access to 5 Beseler 45MX enlargers with the capacity to work with 35mm, 120, and 4 x 5 film formats. For print finishing, there are a matt cutter, retouching supplies, and a 16 x 20 dry-mount press. Digital photography has a full media lab and DSLR cameras. In addition, the photography area has studio strobes, tripods, and a variety of other equipment.
In the Art Media lab, there are 13 Mac workstations. Additional equipment includes two Epson 13x19 color ink-jet printers and two Nikon scanners. Each station has the Adobe Creative Suite. Students have access to Wacom drawing tablets.
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.