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Metcalf Visual Arts Center

The 38,000 sq. ft. Metcalf Visual Arts Center opened in January 2003 and symbolizes Taylor’s commitment to the arts and the pursuit of excellence. Not only do we have a building entirely dedicated to the study of the visual arts but we’ve also 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 students can hone their artistic skills and talents. The hallways are designed to display student artwork along with the gallery used for student and professional art shows.

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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 for freedom and flexibilit

2-D Studio

  • Collage
  • Drawing room with both natural and adjustable lighting
  • Etching
  • Lithography
  • Oil
  • Pastels
  • Printmaking
  • Serigraphy
  • Watercolor

3-D Studio

  • Casting
  • 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
  • Sewing
  • Welding, sandblasting
  • Woodworking and carving tools including band saw, table saw, drill press and planers
  • Working metal foundry allows students to work with molten aluminum and bronze

Mac Lab

  • 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.