The Department of Visual Arts is housed in the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center in the former Giant Bakery on King Street on the west side of the Takoma Park Silver Spring campus. This facility, which opened in 2007, is home to large, gracious studios with state-of-the-art equipment.
Drawing and Painting
The Cafritz Art Center includes two large dedicated studios for painting and drawing that blend original red quarry tile floors and yellow brick walls from the former Giant Bakery with a contemporary architectural style. Exposed infrastructure, smart stations, high tech lighting, and exhaust systems all add to the loft like atmosphere.
A spacious sculpture studio with covered outdoor work yard faces Jessup Blair Park. It is equipped for woodworking, plaster, wire, assemblage, welding and casting and includes state-of-the-art technology and equipment for making sculpture!
The ceramics studio contains generous space for hand-building, sixteen electric potters wheels, a slab roller, extruder, large wedging table, and clay mixer. A separate glaze lab provides space for glazing including two spray booths and full compliment of glaze chemistry, while the glass-block kiln shed houses both gas and electric kilns.
The print studio includes equipment for both traditional and contemporary printmaking. The studio features a large, spacious room with high ceilings, two electric hot plates; spacious glass topped tables and counters, three lithography presses (one new electric), three etching / monotype presses (one electric), etching cabinet , grinding sink, and silicone intaglio lab. These facilities make it possbile to do black and white stone lithography; woodblock and linocut relief printing; intaglio printmaking including drypoint, softground, hardground, and aquatint; and monotype printing. Contemporary applications include silicone intaglio, digital printing, and mixed media.
This studio features floor looms for weaving, spacious tables for creating quilt squares, crafts projects, and two dimensional design projects. Large critique boards and state of the art equipment provide a wonderful atmosphere in which to work.
The traditional black and white photography darkroom is fully equipped with 20 enlargers and separate areas for developing film, washing prints, and classroom lectures.
Cafritz Arts Center houses two digital graphics Mac computer labs. The labs include Mac G5 computers with cinema screens, each equiped with all the software needed for web and graphic design, including the Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and more. Each lab contains a black and white laser printer and a smart station for projecting demonstrations. Courses offered in these labs include Digital Tools, Graphic Design 1, and Digital Photography.
Tiered Lecture Hall
The art history lecture hall provides the latest technological advances for seeing and hearing lectures, performances, videos and films. Spacious comfortable tiered seating allows everyone to have an excellent view.