The Department of Art provides state-of-the art labs, studios and workshops that suit our students’ unique creative needs and foster their creativity and growth.
Digital Printmaking Lab
- Epson 9900, 9800, 4800 & 2400 inkjet printers
- Xanté Screenwriter 4 plate maker
- Macintosh imaging workstations
- Ability to make large-format photopositives for any process
- Three 33 1/2" x 60" Takach lithography presses
- 33 1/2" x 60" Griffin lithography press
- Library of large, medium and small litho stones
Etching and Relief
- 24" x 36" Takach etching press
- 33 1/2" x 60" Takach etching press
- 20" x 70" Charles Brand etching press
- 40" x 70" American French Tool etching press
- Ferric Chloride etching system
- TMI Jaguar 3' x 4' Parallel lift, easy glide 1 Arm
- Six ATMA manual vacuum presses
- Washout booth that can hold up to a 44" x 54" screen
- Nu-Arc Tri-light exposure unit, exposes up to 44" x 54" screens
The wood shop/studio (3,000 square ft.) is equipped with ventilation, compressed air and large stationary equipment. The large stationary equipment includes a planer, joiner, table saw, radial arm and miter saws, a large band saw and a 14 inch band saw, drill presses and belt and disc sanders. The studio has numerous handheld electric and pneumatic tools, such as belt and orbital sanders, drills, die grinders, saber and circular saws, and chainsaws, along with the necessary chisels, clamps, glue guns, etc. This is a necessity for the sculptor working in wood.
Stone and Metal
These disciplines share a well-ventilated, 4000-square-foot common studio with access through an oversized, roll-up door which permits materials, supplies and sculptures to be moved in and out by truck. Just inside the entrance, a 2-ton electric hoist is mounted on a jib crane to facilitate loading and building large sculptures.
Tools available for stone working include pneumatic carving hammers, air and electric grinders, two hammer drills with assorted carbide bits for drilling and splitting with wedges and feathers, two circular saws with diamond blades to cut granite and marble and assorted hand chisels, hammers and rasps.
The metal shop/studio has four arc welders (MIG and water-cooled TIG), numerous oxy-acetylene cutting and welding units, a plasma arc cutter, a gas forge with dies, tongs and other forging tools, a power hacksaw and an abrasive chop saw, drill presses, sanders, a 10-foot sheet metal brake and numerous hand tools such as drills, grinders, etc. The welding stations are shielded with fireproof curtains and serviced by flexible fume exhausts.
The Electronic Media Center
The Electronic Media Center is a cutting-edge facility serving the digital media needs of students, staff and faculty of the Department of Art within the University of Maryland. The lab gives students access to advanced software and hardware allowing them to complete projects in image manipulation, DVD authoring, video editing, web design, sound production, interactive work and video installation. Courses taught in the lab focus not only on the technical skills necessary to create work digitally, but also look to give students the conceptual and formal knowledge to make work that is contemporary, compelling and relevant. A large assortment of peripheral hardware is also made available to students for use in the completion of projects: video cameras, audio recording equipment, digital cameras, sensor equipment and various other tools are available for checkout by students, staff and faculty to facilitate the completion of digital artwork.
Painting studios include two 2500 square foot studios with northern skylights. Drawing studios include one 2500 and two 1300 square foot studios.