Built along the side of a hill, Seigfred Hall is a five story building, dedicated primarily to art. In addition to classrooms and a 150 seat auditorium, Seigfred houses two gallery spaces, a wood shop, letterpress printing facility, and computer labs. Well-equipped, specialized studios, laboratories, and shops are provided for each studio area. The foundry and ceramics kilns are adjacent to Seigfred Hall.
Graduate studios are available on a remote part of campus known as The Ridges. This property is situated atop a large hill overlooking the Hocking River and the entire Athens community. Over 700 acres of woodlands and meadows surrounded over thirty historic buildings that were formerly part of a huge state mental health facility. Established in the middle of the 19th century, this area contained a dairy, a garden, a greenhouse, a nursery, an orchard, farm animals, a power plant and everything needed to create a self-sustained community for fifteen hundred residents. Punctuating this complex is the centerpiece Lin Hall, which houses the Kennedy Museum of Art and the School of Art Graduate Studios. This Victorian-style building with twin spires was administrative headquarters for the mental health facility. It was restored and renovated in 1996 in order to create a museum for the Athens and Ohio University community. The permanent collections include: an outstanding collection of Native American artifacts, a large number of historic photographs, and over 1700 contemporary prints.
The School of Art acquired the third floor east wing in 1999 affording over 15,000 square feet of space for our graduate program. The Ridges Studio complex has become the working home and the center of creative activity for the community of graduate art students. Thirty-two individual studios, two projects spaces, and two galleries offer an arena for experimentation. Students enjoy the rich history and the community atmosphere that help create a stimulating work environment. Multi-media installations, mail art shows, performance art, receptions, and open houses are just a few of the many events that contribute to the continuing vitality of this thriving art center. The Ridges Studios have become a network for artistic attitudes and ideas that flow freely and expand in all directions.
For more information about the Kennedy Museum visit: http://www.ohiou.edu/museum.
The sculpture department is housed in a 5,900 square foot sculpture building which contains fabrication space with assorted tables, hoists, and cranes; metal working equipment; modern two furnace foundry and support equipment; plaster area; conference room; and a fenced sculpture yard.
In the adjacent Seigfred Hall, the sculpture department has two rooms dedicated to semi-private graduate studios (approximately 250 square feet for each student) and faculty offices. Seigfred Hall also contains the School of Art's wood shop & tool room. The wood shop is available for use to all School of Art students, and is an instructional space for sculpture classes. The shop contains a wide variety of stationary and hand-held power tools for cutting, shaping and bending woods and plastics, an industrial sewing machine, and an extensive collection of specialized hand tools, jigs, and clamps.
The Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Library is located on the 3rd floor of Alden Library. The collection offers a blended delivery of resources, which incorporates traditional research methods with cutting-edge digital technology, to aid students in their research and artistic endeavors. Relying on books, periodicals, visual media, and electronic databases, the Fine Arts Library complements the study of all aspects of the visual arts, including art history, architectural history, theory, criticism, materials, techniques, and practice. The Library is particularly strong in the fields of photography and the arts of Asia.
The Fine Arts Library encourages and supports critical engagement, and the examination and experimentation of ideas that connect the arts to their contexts in the world.
We are grateful for the financial generosity and support of Frederick and Kazuko Harris in establishing the Fine Arts Library.
The Aesthetic Technologies Lab, also known as the @Lab, is the trans-disciplinary Research and Development unit of the College of Fine Arts.
The @Lab’s role is to provide the tools and resources to promote creative inquiry at the intersection of technology development and fine arts practice. Its focus is to support projects that integrate high-end technology as an integral component in the art-making process, as well as projects that include cross-disciplinary collaboration to inform their outcomes.
The goal of the @Lab is to develop and nourish a center of local, regional and international prominence both in its intellectual, as well as its artistic / aesthetic contributions. The @Lab at Ohio University is committed to supporting projects in which technology is used to serve artistic merit.
Visit their website: http://www.ohiou.edu/atlab/