The Peck School of the Arts is home to the Institute of Visual Arts (Inova), which maintains galleries in two locations on campus (including Gallery 3b, which showcases undergraduate work) and the Mary L. Nohl Galleries. In addition, the Department of Art & Design collaborates frequently with the Union Art Gallery and with exhibition spaces in the community.
A well-equipped undergraduate facility is located in the campus Art building. Three classroom areas with worktables, electric and kick wheels, slab roller and extruder allow exploration of a range of ceramic work. The facility includes a clay mixing room, well-equipped glaze room with spray booth, and a separate mold making area.
The undergraduate facilities house two kiln rooms with four large Bailey downdraft gas kilns ranging from 28-48 cu. ft. in capacity, five electric kilns ranging from 7-16 cu. ft. in capacity, and a raku kiln. A course in wood firing is offered annually at the university’s collaborative wood kiln site at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Field Station in Waterville, Wisconsin, a short distance west of Milwaukee. The wood kiln is a 120 cu. ft. Anagama design. The kiln site also includes a small bourry box wood/salt kiln.
Fibers Area equipment and facilities include: Fully equipped Dye and Screen Printing facilities; Structural Fibers Lab with computer-operated dobby looms, 20+ floor looms, computerized sewing machines, industrial sewing machine and access to spinning wheels, feltmaking equipment; and Computer Lab/Library equipped with Macintoshes, peripherals, and fiber reference books.
Design & Visual Communication
The Design & Visual Communication program facilities include several digital labs, a letterpress studio, and large critique and classroom spaces.
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
The well-equipped comprehensive undergraduate Jewelry and Metalsmithing studios are housed in the Art building. The facilities include equipment for forming, casting, enameling, etching, patination, polishing, fabrication, hydraulic forming, machining, anodizing, milling and lathwork. In addition to the main studio with 18 shared workstations, three adjacent rooms feature 20 individual stations for Jewelry and Metalsmithing concentration students. A very large array of metalsmithing equipment is available as well as many other hand and power tools. Some undergraduate courses also take advantage of the newly renovated and equipped Kenilworth facility, with a comprehensive forming studio, welding, and powder coating. In addition to the Art Department free photo documentation lab, students also have access to Jewelry and Metalsmithing Area Photo equipment.
The Kenilworth facility, shared by the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Graduate students, features 4 individual work stations, soldering and annealing areas, basic metal fabrication tools, hydraulic die forming, enameling, powder coating, sandblasting, welding and forming equipment. In addition, graduate students have access to the comprehensive Jewelry and Metalsmithing undergraduate facilities in the Visual Art Building.
Painting and Drawing
Painting and drawing studio facilities include a life-drawing theater style studio, introductory and intermediate level painting studios, multiple purpose drawing studios, ongoing and secure display cases, slide and visual resource digital projection room, and assigned individual workspaces for students at the Advanced Painting level.
There are well-equipped studio facilities that offer access to a wide range of tools and equipment in each disciplinary area. These studios and labs are housed within our campus buildings, as well as within our new Kenilworth facility. In 2006, the new Kenilworth Building became home to all graduate studios. This is a stand-alone renovated factory building on Milwaukee's East Side, less than a mile from the UWM campus. Kenilworth contains studios for all of the arts, including dance, film, music and theatre, and will also contain gallery space, a screening room, various installation sites and studio facilities. It is in a thriving neighborhood of coffee-shops, bars, restaurants and movie houses, and is next door to a graduate housing facility. All graduate students will have working studio space and 24 hour access to this state of the art facility.
Photography facilities include a traditional black & white darkroom capable of accommodating 18 students, 5 film processing rooms, a digital imaging and output lab equipped with 10 Macintosh stations and small format printers, a 44” wide-format Epson Stylus Pro 9900 printer, 3 high-resolution scanners, a multi-purpose finishing/dry space, secure display cases with rotating presentations of student work, and two lecture classrooms. In addition, the area has large-format camera and location lighting kits available for checkout by advanced photography students. Undergraduate photography facilities are located in the basement of Mitchell Hall, room B84.
Graduate photography facilities include a dedicated black & white and alternative process darkroom, digital imaging and output lab with 1 Macintosh station, Epson Stylus Pro 4880 printer, and Epson Expression 10000XL scanner. Graduate photography facilities are located on the 4th floor of the Kenilworth building, a well-equipped studio facility that offers access to a wide range of tools and equipment in each disciplinary area. In 2006, the new Kenilworth building became home to all Art and Design graduate and faculty studios. This is a stand-alone renovated factory building on Milwaukee's East Side, less than a mile from the UWM campus. Kenilworth contains studios for all of the arts, including Dance, Film, Music and Theatre, and includes gallery space, a screening room, various installation sites, and studio facilities. All graduate students are assigned working studio space and receive 24-hour access to this state of the art facility.
The printmaking studios occupy over 6000 square feet, and include specialized facilities for water-based screen printing, intaglio, letterpress, lithography, relief/monoprint, photo and digital printmaking. The shop is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for graduate students and until midnight for undergraduates. Faculty have studio/offices adjacent to the printshop and use the facility to produce their own work.
In addition to access to the aforementioned undergraduate facilities, graduate students have studios located in a stand-alone building on Milwaukee's East Side, less than a mile from the UWM campus. Kenilworth contains studios for all of the arts, including dance, film, music and theatre. Graduate students have additional individual work areas and storage space in the printmaking facilities.
Our nearly 6500 sq foot sculpture facility houses a complete woodworking studio, a 15ft x 15ft spray and sanding booth, large metal fabrication and construction area, plaster, mold-making and ceramic shell areas and a foundry and wax working area, There are also several general work areas, a 800 sq ft installation and project space and access to digital media.
The Kenilworth Building, where graduate student studios are located, is a stand-alone building on Milwaukee's East Side, less than a mile from the UWM campus. Kenilworth contains studios for all of the arts, including dance, film, music and theatre.