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New Art Complex

Southeast is expanding its River Campus with a new art complex to house its ceramics, sculpture and painting programs, creating a “gateway to the arts” in downtown Cape Girardeau. In addition to ceramics, sculpture, and painting, the facility will house a shared plaster room, a “clean” classroom where 3D printers and a variety of technology will be available for students to view mock-ups and model work, and a student gallery. Also included will be an outdoor patio space where students can work on large ceramics and outdoor sculpture pieces. The first phase of the new facilities are expected to open in the 2021/22 academic year!

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Serena Hall

Originally built as the University's manual training facility, Serena Hall is often recognized for its large clock tower. It was constructed between 1905 and 1909 and was named after Southeast's 8th president, Joseph A. Serena. The east and west additions were added in 1962 and 1983.

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River Campus

The River Campus houses the art office, fiber studio, painting studio, art computer lab, printmaking studio, foundations studio, art history lecture hall, art education classroom, and the River Campus Art Gallery. It is the home of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum. The Dobbins Center contains a hallway gallery, and a classroom functioning as an art history lecture hall and art education classroom space.

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Scully Building

Classroom spaces for Interior Design are located in Scully Building. The EDvolution Center is located on the second floor and contains student resources such as computer workstations, 3-D printing, laser cutting, large format printing, and equipment for making instructional materials. Interior Design students have access to the drafting lab, in-house materials, a specifications laboratory, and manufacturer's resources. These resources include graphic tools such as matting, mounting, and computer-aided design. The Experiential Learning lab is available only to design students and is equipped with an iPad lab in which students have the opportunity to check out an iPad for each semester once they reach their sophomore year.

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Seabaugh Polytechnic Building

The Seabaugh Polytechnic building is a $10 million facility with over 80,000 square feet of classroom and lab space. There are five general classrooms, including a specialized interactive television classroom and seventeen specialized teaching and research laboratories. It also boasts a Technology Resource Center along with othe areas which promote interaction with area industry.

Southeast's Department of Art and Design 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.

Art Education and 2D Foundation Studio

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Located in the Dobbins Center at the River Campus. This spacious classroom is equipped with state of the art Macintosh computers, digital projector with Air Play technology, multiple two- and three- dimensional media and equipment, spray booth, drying racks, storage lockers, and educational resources.


Sculpture Studios

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The sculpture studios consist of a metal shop, wood shop, mixed-media studio, in-use gallery, and upper-level sculpture student studios. The metal shop is equipped with arc and MIG welders, plasma cutter, oxy-acetylene torch, chop saw, hydraulic shear, 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. The mixed-media studio is used for processes which are less machine intensive, such as found object manipulation, multimedia installation, digital image and sound projection, and performance.
Studio spaces are available for upper-level sculpture students and migration between studios is strongly encouraged. The sculpture area at Southeast Missouri State University is invested in the education of inquisitive, explorative students who are collaborators within in the larger world of cultural expression and global existence.


Ceramic Studio

students in ceramics 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 only enrolled students with a key card. The ceramics studio is equipped with 15 electric pottery wheels, a slab roller, three electric kilns, a large gas kiln, a fully stocked glaze room, a ball mill, a large spray booth, and a pug mill.


Computer Studio

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The computer studio services classes in the Graphic Design/Illustration and Digital Art specializations. It is equipped with 21, 27-inch iMac computer stations. Each workstation is outfitted with the complete Adobe Creative Suite, Epson Perfection V750, and a Wacom tablet. Students have access to a large-format Epson scanner, color laser printers, Canon EOS 70D cameras with multiple lenses, Canon Rebel Digital cameras, a Canon Speedlite 550EX flash, tripods, iPads, a ZOOM H4n Handy Recorder microphone, and studio lighting equipment.


Interior Design Computer Lab

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Located in Scully Building, the interior design computer lab is a studio space servicing several courses in the Interior Design Program. It is equipped with fifteen computer stations providing access to software critical to student success, including: Revit, Google SketchUp, and the Adobe Creative Cloud. Currently, our lab is outfitted with plexiglass dividers to provide a safer learning environment.


Interior Design Studio

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Located in Scully Building, the interior design studio, also called the drafting lab, is a studio space equipped with several drafting tables, two computers featuring Revit software, a matte/foam core cutting area, and our finish library, which contains up-to-date samples of interior design finishes such as fabric, countertops, and paint. This studio offers plenty of space for collaboration and peer critiques.


Paper, Book and Fibers Studio

students in fibers studio creating books

The fibers studio is equipped for bookmaking and off-loom construction.


Painting Studio

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The painting studio is 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

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The printmaking studio is equipped for relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprinting, and a variety of mixed-media applications. For relief and intaglio printing, we have a Charles Brand relief/etching press with 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 an 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 for various types of photosensitive plates.


Foundations Studio

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The Foundations Studios are equipped for 2D Design and Color Theory study, they feature high ceilings, windows, generous display/critique boards, space for student work, and in-studio Macs.


Drawing Studio

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The drawing studio is 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.


Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Southeast Missouri Regional Museum

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The Crisp 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 watercolor 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.


Dobbins Center Gallery

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The Dobbins Center Gallery is host to monthly exhibitions from regional artists, student exhibitions, and faculty showcases.


Catapult Creative House

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Catapult cultivates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship by connecting interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, and practitioners in a rich array of courses, collaborative projects and competitions, and a commercial learning laboratory that immerses students into the creative entrepreneurship process.


River Campus Art Gallery

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The River Campus Art Gallery provides the University and Southeast Missouri a venue for relevant contemporary art. The Gallery seeks to promote creative experimentation, academic dialogue, and cultural enrichment to the campus and local communities through exhibitions of emerging and established artists. The Gallery is dedicated to serving these communities by offering diverse exhibition programs focusing on current issues and practices in the visual arts in tandem with an educational program of artists' lectures, gallery talks, student and faculty display opportunities, and outreach.
All exhibitions, lectures, and events are free and open to the public. Visitor parking is ample in front of the Cultural Arts Center. The River Campus, Seminary Building, and River Campus Art Gallery are accessible.

Students need a key card to be in the facility after hours. If a student has purchased a key card for the semester, they have the right to be in the facility 24/7, including holidays during the semester. Rooms without keycard access are monitored by other means. You will need to check when these classrooms are available. Be sure to carry your Southeast I.D. everywhere on campus.

Doors are not to be propped open. Propping doors gives access to people we don't want in your workspace and who could pose a threat to your safety. Have your friend call your cell phone to let them in. Do not work alone late at night or in a room in which equipment could pose a safety issue. It is acceptable to bring a friend, be sure they also have something to do, thus creating less distraction to your work.

Building Schedule:

  • Academic Year:
    • Routine Weekday:Monday-Friday except holidays and breaks -- 7 a.m. unlock; 10 p.m. lock:
      CAC: atrium west & east; patio; loading dock; lower-level near elevator.
      RCS: main entrance north & south; east wing all doors except the brick stair and the north exit; graphic design corridor.
    • Routine Weekend: Saturday-Sunday except holidays and breaks -- 1 p.m. unlock; 4 p.m. lock.
      CAC: atrium west & east; patio. On weekends when the Museum is not open, nothing will be unlocked.
      RCS: no doors unlocked on weekends.
    • Holiday Weekends: Nothing will be unlocked on all three days of a holiday weekend.
    • Isolated single-day holidays: (Tuesday-Thursday) Nothing will be unlocked.
    • Extended Holidays: Nothing will be unlocked on any day the University is officially closed.
    • Breaks: When the University is on an 8 a.m.-4 p.m. schedule, everything will be locked at 5 p.m. (instead of 10 p.m.).
    • Some rooms may require the supervision of a student monitor. Some areas require a key card, and/or a key to enter. See your faculty for details.
    • Graphic Design and Digital Art Computer Lab RCS002: (has restricted access) Schedule of course usage of lab and monitor supervision is posted outside the lab. Students in classes that are held in the lab for the semester have access and are required to sign in upon entering to use computers during open lab times. Any others see Professor Bodenheimer for permission. This allows us to monitor the space and to effectively assign student monitors.
  • The Art and Design Office (RSC104) is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Phone: 573-651-2143
    Summer hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A Word About Safety:

  • Be mindful of your surroundings when working in the studios during after hours. DPS phone is 573-651-2215 - put this number in your phone!
  • Pay attention to inclement weather and alerts for your safety and follow procedures accordingly. For example, during tornado warnings, you will be asked to move to a safe location immediately and to stay there until further notice.
  • Keep your possessions secured while you are working in the studio or if you step out for a moment; there are times when items can disappear or can accompany an opportunist if given the right conditions.
  • It is important to have a buddy when going to any studio after hours. Avoid going to and from studios alone. Contact DPS for an escort.
  • Have a light or an alarm on your cell phone handy as this can be a deterrent.


River Campus Seminary 104

Department of Art and Design
One University Plaza, MS 7825
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701