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Facilities

The Department of Visual Arts is located on the first, second, and third floors of Fletcher Hall, where classroom and studios are located for eight of ten concentrations. Constructed in 1976, Fletcher Hall is currently under renovation and when completed will have increased classroom space by 20,000 square feet.

Teaching Spaces

Fletcher Hall also houses the Department of Visual Arts and the studios and classrooms for computer art and animation, ceramics, graphic design, new media and digital art, metalwork and jewelry, painting, photography, and printmaking on the three floors of Fletcher Hall are accessed by inner gallery walkways. Access to different levels is provided by internal and external stairways and an elevator. The center of the building is an open atrium. A large lecture hall/theater which is also used for special events is connected to the main building by a breezeway. Climate control is provided for each of the studios, classrooms, and offices. Restroom facilities are accessible to the physically challenged.

Fletcher Hall encompasses a 130 seat SMART classroom / auditorium that serves as a multi-purpose lecture facility. In addition the building houses six SMART classrooms, three of which are located in the 2500 square foot Digital Media Resource Center, one in the 2500 square foot Fletcher Hall Gallery used for multi-purpose exhibitions, and two in self contained classrooms. Fletcher Hall is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Visual Arts Annex, houses studios for drawing, three-dimensional design and sculpture. Built in 1939 and located adjacent to Fletcher Hall, was renovated in 2015 and houses classroom and studio space dedicated to foundation courses in Drawing, Design, as well as the Art Education and Sculpture concentrations.

Gallery Spaces

The Fletcher Hall Gallery, the former site of the University Art Museum prior to 2004, is located on the second floor and contains 2500 square feet of exhibition space serving the Department of Visual Arts and the School of Architecture and Design. This space hosts the department’s BFA senior exhibitions, the annual high school art exhibit, the annual department juried student exhibition and special exhibitions that are organized by departmental faculty.

The Dean’s Gallery, a 600 square foot space located adjacent to the Dean’s office in Fletcher Hall, along with the 200 square foot DMRC Lobby Gallery across directly across the atrium offer exhibition space suitable for small to moderately sized two and three-dimensional work. The latter area is largely used to display student work from computer art courses.

The Visual Arts Annex Gallery, located in the lobby of the Visual Arts Annex, is approximately 600 square feet and also has hanging space on two adjacent hallways. This space is used primarily to show recent work from a variety of visual arts studio foundation classes.

The nationally recognized Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum (HUAM), located at the southeast corner of the University campus, since opening in the Spring of 2004 has hosted major exhibitions featuring the work of Pablo Picasso, Robert Rauschenberg, Andrew Wyeth, Deborah Butterfield, and John Buck, among others. The Museum offers an unprecedented forum from which to stage internationally recognized artists and exhibitions for the benefit of the university and regional communities demonstrating a high standard of excellence. There is no admission fee to the museum for University students.

Lecture Spaces

Fletcher Hall encompasses a 130 seat SMART classroom / auditorium that serves as a multi-purpose lecture facility. In addition the building houses six SMART classrooms, three of which are located in the 2500 square foot Digital Media Resource Center, one in the 2500 square foot Fletcher Hall Gallery used for multi-purpose exhibitions, and two in self contained classrooms. Fletcher Hall is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.