The Ceramics studio is dedicated to providing the technical facilities necessary for a comprehensive ceramics education. The main studio consists of a centralized space where throwing, handbuilding, and mold making classes can be taught and where students can work with 24 hour access. Attached are 2 graduate student studios, a fully stocked glaze lab with spray booth, mold making and prototyping room with a plaster wheel, electric kiln room with 6 top loading electric kilns and 4 doll kilns, and a ventilated clay mixing room equipped with a pug mill and 2 Soldner mixers. Since 2003, we have had the pleasure of firing a large, computerized, state-of-the-art Dutch Blaauw gas kiln. The outside kiln yard gives students access to a large Olsen gas kiln, as well as, numerous alternative firing processes, including charcoal firing, soda firing, and raku.
Graphic Design & Media Arts students are encouraged to explore across the disciplines and incorporate various techniques in their designs. Graphic Design and Media Arts students have access to a dedicated Mac Lab with the latest Adobe Software. Students also create using hands-on techniques: letterpress printing, bookbinding, laser-cutting and screen printing. A hands-on classroom features Vandercook letterpress, small proofing press, selection of wood and metal type, large exposure unit and screen printing facilities. Graphic design and media arts program covers topics of typography, layout, illustration, production, design for interaction, book arts and includes study of design history, contemporary trends in design, portfolio preparation and professional practices.
The NMSU Photo Area facilities were completely renovated in 2010 and offer students the opportunity to explore almost every aspect of traditional and digital photography. Darkroom facilities include a group darkroom with 12 black & white enlargers for use with 35mm, medium format, and 4 x 5″ negatives, a separate non-silver room with a uv exposure unit as well as a mercury vapor unit, and a private graduate darkroom with enlarger. Students are able to pursue alternative process photography and all levels of black and white photography, including large format.
The photo area owns a variety of film cameras for student use, including 12 Toyo 45 CX view cameras and a range of medium format and 35 mm SLRs. The photo area also owns several Speedotron lighting kits for student use. The digital facilities are shared with Graphic Design and Printmaking, and are equipped with 7 Apple workstations with Adobe CS6 Creative Suite, scanners for both film and documents, and large format Epson inkjet printers, the 2200, 7600, 9600, and 9800. The 9600 and 9800 are capable of printing up to 44″ wide. Students also have access to two photo copy stands as well as a dedicated finishing room.
The sculpture studio is comprised of areas dedicated to woodworking, steel fabrication and mixed media projects. A vast outdoor courtyard enables large-scale projects and installations. There are three graduate studios in the sculpture area, as well as several sheds used by advanced sculpture students. Among our stable of steel and woodworking tools are a PlasmaCam, several MIG welders, an oxy acetylene rig, stick welder, MIG welder, table saw, panel saw, band saws, to name but a few. There is also a furnace for casting bronze and aluminum. Students in sculpture works across disciplines, creating works that ranges from objects, installations, performances and more. The sculpture area is a microcosm of an interdisciplinary art world.
The painting and drawing area boasts two undergraduate studios totaling over 2500 sq. ft. of work space. We also offer 2500 sq. ft. of painting and drawing studio space for graduate level work. All of the studio spaces feature independent fume exhaust systems. The graduate studios are lockable common rooms providing students individual semi-private studios with ample lighting and storage space. The undergraduate studios provide flat files, easels/drawing horses and the painting studio offers a freezer for paint storage as well as taborets for mixing paint and use as palettes.
The metals studio consists of one large general area that contains twelve benches and eight soldering stations. There are also four specialized rooms dedicated to casting, raising, machine equipment, and chemical processes/enameling. We also have separate accommodations for our laser machine with utility space for students to employ large-scale works while engaged a variety of mix medium materials. We provides students the opportunity to become accomplished in traditional jewelry making techniques including: raising, stone setting, chain making, granulation, casting (centrifugal and vacuum), enameling, etching, forming, anodizing, patination, and chasing and repoussé. However within our fundamental approach to jewelry making we focused implement and emphasize an interdisciplinary contemporary approach to exploring innovative concepts, theories, material studies, and new technologies. Our graduate students have additional studio space that accommodates complete jewelry benches.
A recent revival of printmaking in Southwest region has created a sustained interest among the students on how to make prints. At NMSU the Printmaking area has seen a continuous rise in enrollment and has been expanding its course offerings. We currently offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels of printmaking, as well a printmaking workshop for graduate students and undergrads working on their thesis. The Printmaking area offers instruction in various print mediums – including Relief, Monotype, Intaglio, Lithography and Serigraphy. Besides traditional printmaking, the area students are also challenging the medium through innovation and interdisciplinary practices, investigating digital, photo based, and mixed media approaches.
The Printmaking lab is equipped with three American French Tool etching presses (24×42, 30×46, 36×64), a Griffin series 1 lithography press (26×44), a collection of lithographic stones of various sizes, a graining sink, a collection of leather and composite rollers, a plate cutter and a hot plate, a rosin aquatint box, both ferric chloride and saline sulfate etching tanks for work with copper, zinc, steel and aluminum, and a variety of chemicals and inks, as well as a separate serigraphy studio with an Amergraph Advantage 150 exposure unit, a darkroom, and a screen washout sink. Our students also have access to the digital lab shared with Photography and Graphic Design areas with 7 Apple workstations with Adobe CS6 creative suite, scanners for both film and documents, and large format Epson 2200, 7600, 9600 and 9800 inkjet printers. In addition, the Graphic Design area hosts a shared letterpress studio with a sizable collection of metal and wood type and a Wandercook 325G proofing press. Area students are actively engaged with the Southwestern printmaking community through local and national conferences, exhibitions and events while the faculty is dedicated to forging strong ties with regional universities and community organizations.