Resources and Facilities

Studio Facilities

Explore the individualized facilities of each of our studio areas.

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The Common Shop and VAST Lab

Learn more about our Wood Machine Shop, Metal Fabrication Area, and Visual Art Studio Technologies (VAST) Lab.

A group of students work around a table in the VAST Lab

Interdisciplinary Ceramics Research Center

The Interdisciplinary Ceramic Research Center (ICRC) is a new laboratory for individuals and teams across disciplines to experiment with traditional and cutting-edge approaches to the manipulation of clay. The Center provides interested parties with the opportunity to explore their research with access to specialized equipment in a collaborative work environment.

Students load a kiln with terracotta tiles

Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery

Located on the third floor of Chalmers Hall, the Edgar Heap of Birds Family Gallery serves as a teaching space. Students from the department, as well as from the university at large, are exposed to art by their peers, visiting and regional artists, and faculty members. Many Visual Art students experience installing and exhibiting their work in a gallery setting for the first time in this space.

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University Resources

In addition to department resources, students have access to the resources of a major research university including libraries, the Spencer Museum of Art, the Commons, the Biodiversity Institute, and various research labs.

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Community Resources

Lawrence is a diverse and progressive city that still maintains the charm of a smaller community with a picturesque downtown, a thriving art scene and beautiful neighborhoods. Just 45 minutes away is Kansas City which offers all the resources of a major metropolitan area.

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