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Visual Arts Studio

The studios are located in the Visual Arts Studios Building, or VAS, which houses studio work space for Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Photography, and foundations courses; computer labs for Time Studio and Design; and the Hunt Gallery. The VAS also has a seminar room for slide lectures and smaller art history courses, as well as the slide library.  Most art history courses take place in Sverdrup Hall 123, a lecture auditorium that seats about 60, or in the East Academic Building, rooms 151 and 152, which seat 24.


The Visual Arts Studios Building, or VAS, houses studio work space for Drawing, 3-D Design, Creative Strategies, Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, and Photography.

The Drawing studio is approximately 1160 square feet, and has easels, drawing horses, pedestals and platforms, and stage lights. 

The Sculpture studio is a large addition with soaring ceilings and a clerestory. Inside, saws (radial arm, table, band, compound mitre), a drill press, disc sander, and other tools are available for woodworking; a plaster room offers materials and space for casting; a central meeting space with work tables provides a communal area; and welders (one mig, three arc, and one arc/tic), bench grinder, shears, and other items offer opportunity for metal working (with adjoining exterior courtyard). Outside in another attached courtyard there is a foundry for bronze casting. New additions are two 3-D printers and a CNC router.

The Painting studio is a 2600 square foot open space with skylights. Around the edges of the studio advanced students have personal studio space, while in the center painting classes are held with easels and paint stands, and to the side is a lounge area where painting courses meet for informative and lively discussions.

The Printmaking studio is a 2800 square foot space that houses four roller presses ranging from 15”x 36” to 45” x 108”, including an etching press, three barrel press, and a hand operated Vandercook proofing press, as well as a 24” x 40” lithography press, and a screen printing table. In addition it has a washout room, flat files, and tables for demonstration, work, and discussion.

The Papermaking studio is connected to the Printmaking studio, with sinks, molds and deckles, felts, presses. There is also two light tables, two bottle jacks, a hydraulic axle, and a hammer press. A separate room houses three paper pulp beaters, a blender, a mixer, and a sink.

The Ceramics studio holds wheels for throwing, tables for building, materials storage areas, as well as a kiln room with ten kilns of different sizes. The adjoining exterior courtyard hold brick kilns as well as opportunities for alternative firings like Raku.

The Photography darkroom boasts five enlargers of different sizes as well as the requisite sinks, tubs, and drying racks. In addition, Sverdrup Hall has a second darkroom with nine enlargers, two film-changing rooms, and a film-processing room that Photography courses also use.

The Creative Strategies and Design studios are all-purpose studio rooms with work tables and computer teaching stations with projectors.


The Visual Arts Studios Building contains three computer labs, primarily for design, Time Studio, and Photography courses, but that are in constant use by a wide range of courses, including Sculpture, Creative Strategies, and more.

Graphic Design courses are held in the DADA Lab, with 21 Mac Pro desktop computers loaded with software, a scanner, two regular printers and one large format printer, as well as a Mac computer teaching station with projector.

Time Studio, Design Concepts, and other courses take advantage of the IDA Lab facilities, which consists of seventeen Mac Pro desktop computers equally loaded with software, as well as a scanner, printer, a Mac teaching station, and two flat screen televisions for modeling and display.

Much of the professional-quality printing happens in the CMPS Lab, which holds two Mac Pro desktop computers, two scanners, two further large format printers (44” and 24”), as well as a color management viewing station.


Webster University’s Emerson Library houses a full collection of books and journals, as well as providing additional access to e-books online and online databases of journal articles such Article FullText and JSTOR. The DADAH faculty and Research Librarians actively work to grow the collection of art-related books. In addition the library provides access to encyclopedic resources such as Oxford Art Online, and online Art databases such as ArtStor and CAMIO. The Emerson Library is part of the Mobius network which means students have borrowing privileges from most Missouri academic libraries—a simple online request has the book shipped to Emerson library within just a few days.

Image Library

The Image Library houses a collection of 80,000 slides with light tables and projectors, as well as two Mac Pro desktop workstations, two scanners, and a copystand and camera for shooting images. In addition the department is actively building a digital collection of images accessible from campus.

The library provides additional access to online collections of images, such as ArtStor and CAMIO.