The VCU School of the Arts hosts an array of specialized Art and Design studios, shops, and labs distributed throughout the Monroe Park Campus. In addition to those resources, Art Foundation students have exclusive access to 609 Bowe Street, Art Foundation’s 30,000 square foot headquarters situated on the top floor of the Bowe Street Parking Deck.
609 Bowe Street is a dynamic, active working environment that houses studios, computer labs, the Art Foundation administrative offices, two academic advisors, a woodshop, media room, and a hallway that doubles as a constantly changing exhibition space. Additional Art Foundation studio space is located nearby at the newly renovated Franklin Terrace.
The core classes in the VCU Art Foundation curriculum take place in large studios organized to suit the demands of each discipline. Drawing studios contain easels, flat files and model stands. Surface Research studios feature expansive worktables and clean walls for the presentation of finished work. Time Studio and Space Research studios offer flexible space for the staging of large works, performances, installations, and presentations. The studios are open to all Art Foundation students 24 hours a day. In addition, each student has access to a private locker for the storage of tools, materials and works-in-progress.
Open Computer Lab:
The Open Computer Lab is the digital hub of Art Foundation. Open 6 days a week to all Art Foundation students, the Open Lab is where students conduct online research, edit video, write papers, download photos, and upload blog entries. The Open Lab features 20 digital workstations, each with its own Macintosh computer and flatbed scanner, as well as black and white Laser printers, a 22” inkjet printer, and a 44” large format inkjet printer. A technician and staff of experienced lab monitors are available to provide assistance with the use of all digital hardware and software.
Digital Teaching Lab:
The Digital Teaching Lab is a state-of-the-art media classroom equipped with a video projector for real-time group training and the discussion of digital media. The Teaching Lab has 20 workstations that each feature a Mac Pro with Quad-Core Intel Xenon Processors, dual 500 gigabyte hard drives, a 22” Apple Cinema Display, and professional software for editing images, video, and sound. Students may checkout digital video and sound recording equipment for their projects.
Multimedia Screening Room:
609 Bowe Street is home to a state-of-the-art multimedia screening room equipped with a digital projector and a studio-quality surround sound system. The screening room is an active space used by Art Foundation for student video screenings, class presentations, and performances. The screening room is also home to Art Foundation Movie Night, a yearlong film screening series that is thematically related to each of Foundation’s core studio classes. In addition, the screening room hosts Visiting Artist Lectures from the School of the Arts, bringing the VCU community and world-class artists and designers to Art Foundation’s doorstep.
The Art Foundation Woodshop is open for use by all students enrolled in Art Foundation. A full-time technician and staff train students in the safe use of all woodshop equipment. The fully outfitted facility features a table saw, band saws, drill presses, chop saws, sanders, a thickness planer, and an assortment of hand tools, clamps and work benches.
Art Foundation has a dedicated critique room that offers a pristine environment for viewing, discussing, and photographing student work. Studio lights and tripods are available for checkout.
609 Bowe Street is equipped with secure high-speed wireless Internet service. Students may access the Internet in the Open Computer Lab or throughout the building on their personal laptops.
In addition to 609 Bowe Street, sections of Drawing Studio and Time Studio Art Foundation classes are also offered at VCU’s historic Franklin Terrace building. The recently renovated Franklin Terrace now boasts three new Art Foundation classrooms. Students enrolled in classes at Franklin Terrace will work along with upperclassmen from the Art Education, Communication Arts, and Kinetic Imaging departments.
Art Foundation provides students with a secure environment in which to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, during the academic year. Art Foundation students swipe their student ID cards to gain exclusive access to the studios and labs at 609 Bowe Street. Franklin Terrace is also accessed by a card-swipe system. Additional campus-wide security features operated by the VCU Police include an Emergency Reporting Telephone System and a free Security Escort Service.
The Bowe Street Deck offers ample parking to students who purchase a permit through VCU Parking and Transportation Services. Additional street-level parking is available in the neighborhood, and the VCU dormitories are located within walking distance of the facility. Students may secure their bicycles on racks positioned at the entrance to the Bowe Street Deck elevators.