Each artist-in-residence has 24/7 access to all communal facilities at the School of Art. These facilities include: a ceramic center, printmaking studio, silkscreen shop, drawing studio, digital media studio, woodshop, outdoor sculpture pad, and plenty of outdoor space to make or perform. In addition, we have a small library of contemporary art books located in the School of Art office.
Monitors and technicians are on-site during scheduled hours for the ceramic center, printmaking studio, and digital media studio. Special Studies classes, separate from the Residency Program, take place in these facilities during scheduled hours.
The Joan Lincoln Ceramic Center is equipped with a throwing room, hand-building room, and glaze room. It is the largest facility at the School of Art. There are 4 kilns: a gas kiln, 2 electric kilns, and a Raku setup. Firing is for cone 6 and up. There is no reduction firing. Clay and tools are available on-site for purchase.
Throwing room: 12 electric-powered pottery wheels, 3 wedging tables, several heat lamps, large slop sink.
Hand-building room: 3 large communal work tables, 2 clay sculpting wheels, 2 wedging tables, clay roller machine, clay extruder, small sink.
Glaze room: Variety of glazes, 3 medium-sized communal tables, wax, brushes, small sink.
The printmaking studio is equipped to accommodate the following print techniques: dry point (on zinc or copper plates), relief printing (wood or linocut), monoprinting, collagraphs, and other experimental planographic processes. Paper and other print materials are available on-site for purchase. The printmaking studio is equipped with:
2 printmaking presses (24×40” bed), 2 large communal work tables, felts and blankets, hot plate for hard ground, two large acid trays, one large paper tray, bench hooks, rulers, mixing knives, files, 40–50 woodcut tools, etching tools, zinc plates, several assorted tools for etching, rags, jars, and other miscellaneous printmaking materials.
Silk Screen Shop
The silk screen shop is located inside the same building as the digital media studio where you can print onto transparencies. It is equipped with:
8 aluminum silk screen frames, 1 flatbed exposure table (around 60×40”), 1 large communal work table, squeegees, screen printing tape, screen printing inks, blowout station, and transparency paper.
Digital Media Studio
The digital media studio is air-conditioned and equipped with:
8 Macs, Adobe Creative Cloud, 3 Wacom drawing tablets, TV monitor, photo printer (EpsonSureColor P400), and a laser jet printer (HP Color Laserjet Pro M452NW).
We also have some audio/visual equipment available at the School of Art Office for artists-in-residence to lend. This includes:
PA speaker, wired mic, and projector. Besides this we have older A/V equipment as well (ex:CRT TV, overhead projector, and other miscellaneous equipment).
The drawing studio is located across the digital media studio and is equipped with:
20-30 easels, 20 large clipboards, various props, sheets, blankets, and a heater.
The woodshop is located next to the ceramic center and operated through a “buddy system”—if you are to use the woodshop, there must be another individual present so that you can monitor and help each other. It is a small facility and can only be occupied by two people at a time. The woodshop is equipped with:
A drill press, chop saw, band saw, table saw, shop vacuum, various power tools, various hand tools, and PPE.
Located on the lower level of the air-conditioned School of Art office is our newly donated selection of contemporary art books. The library will open in the summer during office hours. Borrowing books is based on an honor system.
Be sure to also check out The Smith Memorial Library of Chautauqua Institution and the Chautauqua Institution Archives. Artists-in-residence will be able to check out items from The Smith Memorial Library and schedule appointments at the Archives during their stay.