Metcalf Visual Arts Center
Opened in January 2003, the 38,000 sq. ft. Metcalf Visual Arts Center symbolizes Taylor’s commitment not just to the arts but to the pursuit of excellence. Not only do we have a building entirely dedicated to the study of the visual arts, but we have placed it within the heart of our campus. Metcalf’s central location reflects Taylor’s desire to integrate the arts into the mainstream of campus life.
Created specially as an art building, Metcalf offers a wide variety of spaces in which students can hone their artistic skills and talents. Even the hallways are designed to display student art work, along with the gallery, which is used for student and professional art shows.
Here are some of the facilities and mediums available:
- Studio available for learning lighting and shooting techniques
- Mac Lab: Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop
- Traditional Wet Darkroom: primarily used for teaching experimental photo techniques, both traditional and digital photography is available, allowing students freedom and flexibility
- Drawing room with both natural and adjustable lighting
- Working metal foundry allows students to work with molten aluminum and bronze
- Welding, sandblasting
- Woodworking and carving tools including band saw, table saw, drill press and planers
- Hand-building and throwing with earthenware and porcelain
- Kilns – both electric and gas as well as pit, smoke, saggar and raku firings
- Outdoor sculpture garden
- Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and InDesign
- Dreamweaver: used for teaching web animation and web design working through applications with CSS and HTML5
- Laser and inkjet printer
Art Education Classroom:
This room is dedicated to helping our students pass their artistic knowledge on to others and is utilized in a wide variety of community programs.