View a photographic tour of the Department of Art’s state-of-the-art facilities. The Department of Art is located in Serena Hall and the River Campus.
Serena Hall, which is often recognized for its large clock tower, was originally built as the University’s manual training facility. Constructed between 1905 and 1909, the building was named after Southeast’s eight president, Joseph A. Serena. The east and west additions to the building were added in 1962 and 1983.
The River Campus houses the art office, fibers studio, painting studio, graphic design/computer art studio, printmaking studio, foundations studio, art history lecture hall and the River Campus Art Gallery. The River Campus is home of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum.
Southeast’s Department of Art offers an impressive array of art facilities and studios. Art studios are open until midnight daily to provide creative flexibility. Late passes are available for students working after hours.
Included in the facilities are:
Sculpture studios – Three different studio areas within the Serena Building on the Main Campus are designated for metal fabrication, wood construction, and 3D foundations/mixed-media. The metal shop is equipped with arc and MIG welders, plasma cutter, oxy-acetylene torch, chop saw, swivel bending machine, slip roll, sand blasting cabinet, and hand tools. The wood shop is equipped with table saw, miter saw, band saw, panel saw, stationary sanders, drill press, drum sander, jointer, lathe, and hand tools. Studio spaces are available for upper-level sculpture students within the three studio spaces.
Ceramic studio - located across the street from main campus at 835 Broadway Blvd, Suite 100. To insure the safety of Southeast students, access to the Ceramics Studio is limited to enrolled students only with a key card. The Ceramics Studio is equipped with 15 electric pottery wheels, a slab rollers, three electric kilns, a large gas kiln, a fully stocked glaze room, a ball mill, a large spray booth, and a pug mill.
Graphic Design/Illustration/Digital Arts Studio - features a state-of-the-art Macintosh computers and software for 2-D and 3-D applications, digital scanners, digital tablets, and a digital projector.
Fibers Studio - equipped for bookmaking and off-loom construction.
Painting Studio - equipped for painting, featuring high ceilings, windows, storage space for student work, a state-of-the-art studio lighting system and in-studio macs.
Printmaking Studio - The printmaking studio is equipped for relief, intaglio, lithography and screenprinting, as well as a variety of mixed-media applications. For relief and intaglio printing, we have a Charles Brand relief/etching press a 44” x 22” bed and a Takach relief/etching with a 60” x 42” bed and an optional lithography head. An etching tank approximately 25” in length and 21” deep is set up for etching copper plates with Ferric Chloride. For lithography, the studio houses a Takach Litho press with a 45” x 25.25” bed, a Big Joe Hydraulic Lift, and over 15 lithography stones ranging up to 26” x 20”. There are portable screen-printing stations, and our darkroom contains the ability to expose screens and various types of plates with a Olix Light Integrator Exposure unit with an approximately 40” x 27” exposure area and a NuArc Exposure system with a 24” x 20” exposure area.
Foundations Studio - equipped for design and color studies.
Drawing Studio - equipped for basic, intermediate, and advanced drawing, with a state-of-the-art lighting system, generous display/critique boards, high ceilings, and storage space for student work and supplies.
River Campus Art gallery - host to monthly exhibitions of fine art, in addition to Senior BFA Exhibitions and the Faculty Exhibition.
Rosemary and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum - houses a permanent collection of art and artifacts featuring the Beckwith Collection of Native American pottery, the Blum Collection of Southwestern arts and crafts and the Missouri Mills water color collection. The gallery presents special exhibitions on a monthly basis, including the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition, and other exhibitions of regional, national and international importance.