Recently renovated facilities provide vastly expanded space and equipment for the arts.
- significant expansion of exhibition space gives students greater exposure to real-life gallery and museum work, including show installation and publicity.
- the Beard and Weil galleries, which host four major exhibits annually, benefited from extensive improvements, allowing for more sophisticated and varied installations.
- the permanent collection gallery offers students, faculty, and outside art professionals greater accessibility to the permanent collection, a valuable teaching tool. The space showcases a selection from 2,000 artworks, including the college's exceptional Etruscan collection.
- greatly enlarged permanent collection storage and study spaces, with light and climate control, provides students better access to the collection, as well as safeguards and allows for growth of the permanent collection.
- with advances in technology, the traditional Slide Library has transitioned into more of a Visual Resource Center; the staff creates digital images for students and faculty in the Art department and throughout campus. Images used in teaching are made available online via MDID (Madison Digital Image Database) and ARTstor. The Slide Library also continues to maintain a collection of 75,000 35mm slides and 25,000 lantern slides.
- computer graphic and graphic design studios feature state-of-the-art equipment to facilitate the mastery of a discipline that requires up-to-the-minute knowledge of publishing technology in traditional and new media.
- a larger printmaking studio, featuring an improved ventilation system, enables students to experiment with a wider range of printmaking processes, including photo etching and silk-screening.
- expanded painting and drawing studios capture natural light for artists as they develop their creativity and skill in carefully appointed work areas.
- the expanded photography studio has room for 15 students to work at individual stations, allowing class sessions to be devoted to mastering new developing techniques under the professor's guidance.
- the sculpture studio, with 14-foot ceilings and exceptional light, is larger and better equipped than its predecessor and allows students to use more media and techniques, including metal working and welding. The studio includes access to the outdoor sculpture work yard.
- a concourse and central art court connects student and faculty studios with a high traffic area to create exhibit space for exchanging ideas and critiquing works; the light drenched space also attracts campus community members interested in viewing the art.
- the new studio courses in filmmaking are supported by an edit suite with 16mm film bench editing stations and new Final Cut DV editing set-ups as well as a film classroom and screening room for demos and film and video viewing.