The Department of Art hosts a wide variety of technical facilities for the creation of art and for art-related research. They range from graduate labs to mixed-use workshops, and are designed to support both free experimentation and professional production.
In the past several years, the school has added two new art production complexes, the Contemporary Art Center (CAC) and the Art Culture and Technology (ACT) building, which together have greatly expanded the productive capacity of the Art Department. In the same period, the department also undertook a major seismic retrofit of its two older buildings, the Art Building (ART) and the Production Building, enabling the creation of new teaching spaces, such as the digital photo lab.
Contemporary Art Center (CAC)
The CAC houses a new art gallery, a mixed-media performance space, and more than two dozen new graduate studios for the MFA students on the top floor. A technologically advanced and LEED-certified green building, the CAC is also home to a new motion-capture studio, several sound recording facilities, a small auditorium, and faculty offices.
Art Culture Technology building (ACT)
The ACT building is the department's 'home base'. It houses the Art Department administrative offices, most of the faculty studios and offices, some graduate student studios, the Catherine Lord Undergraduate Honors Studio, The Center for Critical & Curatorial Studies, the Room Gallery, the Catalyst Gallery, the Video Studio, the Game Culture & Technology Lab, and a multipurpose studio. It was completed in the winter of 2003.
Art Building (ART)
The ART building houses the painting and drawing studios, the Digital Photo Lab, several classrooms and studios.
The Production Studio houses the Sculpture Shop, the Ceramics area, the photography wet labs and darkrooms, and the Nixon Theater.
University Art Galleries (UAG)
The University Art Galleries have a robust history for hosting graduate and undergraduate exhibitions, professional solo projects, as well as for guest-curated shows and artist presentations. Its three main exhibition spaces are located in the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), the ACT building (Room Gallery) and adjunct to the Beall Center for Arts & Technology (UAG).
Center for Critical & Curatorial Studies
The Center for Critical & Curatorial Studies houses graduate students enrolled in the MFA concentration for curatorial practice. The site is a workspace for both the student’s individual academic research and collective gallery programming and exhibition production. The Center also houses a portion of the University Art Galleries’ archive and library to be accessed freely by curatorial students in support of their research.
Catherine Lord Undergraduate Honors Studio
Named after Professor Emeritus Catherine Lord, the Undergraduate Honors Studio is a shared studio that houses the students selected to be in the honors program to support their research and art production.
Game Culture & Technology Lab
A faculty/graduate research lab in the Art Department that focuses on games, animation, and the internet.
ACT building, ground floor
Digital Filmmaking is comprised of a full range of facilities including a video stage with green-screen capability, Stage 2 Lab, production equipment, post-production editing bays, voice-over recording, and a Pro Tools editing suite. Complementing the editing bays is a graduate-only video and sound design facility that currently shares space with the graduate-only photo editing and printing station mentioned below. The new Video course track for undergraduates incorporates basic through advanced instruction and special topic courses into a complete video production series.
CAC building, ground floor
The Mechatronics Lab, designed and run by Simon Penny, is a state of the art 22 seat teaching lab for analog and digital electronics, digital electronics, microcontroller programming and electromechanics. Facilities include and stereomicroscope for smd (surface mount) electronics assembly, a suite of small machine tools - mill, lathe, drillpress, and a full stock of hand tools, fasterners and electronics components.
ART, ground floor; and Production Studio, 2nd floor
The department hosts a full range of labs for black & white and color photography, including a group lab, individual darkrooms, a mural darkroom, and a digital photo lab with high-end flatbed and slide scanners and large-format sheet and roll-fed inkjet printers. The facility also houses a large array of photographic equipment for student check-out, including a variety of cameras, lenses and lighting kits. Of particular note is a photo-finishing lab built around a commercial-grade wide-format laminator, and a digital editing and wide-format printing station dedicated to graduate-only use.
Painting and Drawing Studios
ART 260 & ART 265
The department's large painting and drawing studios, each over 1000 sq. ft., are heavily used for undergraduate drawing and painting classes.
The spacious indoor-outdoor sculpture workshop features a wide range of equipment for fabricating in wood, metal, and plastics. The facility encompasses a 2400 sq. ft. wood-working and lecture facility, a 900 sq. ft. state-of-the-art welding studio, and open yard space for the production of large-scale works. Students must pass a certification process in order to work in this shop outside of class time.
The ceramics shop houses kilns, a working area, and storage for materials.
Beall Center for Art & Technology
The Beall Center hosts exhibitions of UCI students, faculty, and outside artists working at the intersection of art and technology. It opened in 2000 with a faculty-curated show on game art ("SHIFT_CTRL"), and subsequent exhibitions have featured mixed-reality performance art, robotic instrument ensembles, sensor-driven installations, and data-mining projects.
Motion Capture Studio
A schoolwide faculty/graduate facility for optical motion capture using an eight-camera Vicon 8 system. The studio has a high ceiling, sprung floors, and a sound system. Access is restricted to class participants and/or by reservation. Contact Artslab tech support for details.
Arts Instructional Technology Resource Center, Room 190
A general-purpose and instructional Mac lab. When classes are not in session, the lab is open to all School of the Arts students.
Digital Arts Teaching Lab
Humanities Instructional Building, Room 335
A Mac/PC dual-boot computer lab for digital arts classes. When classes are not in session, the lab is open to all School of the Arts students.
Studio 4, ground floor
A general purpose Mac/PC homework lab with extended hours, primarily for undergraduates in the School of the Arts.
Arts Media Center
Arts Instructional Technology Resource Center, 2nd floor
A music library and listening lab, MIDI lab, and general homework lab.