LSU School of Art Facilities

At the LSU School of Art you will have access to a number of facilities designed to provide a professional education and encourage creativity.

The Design Shop

The Design ShopThe Design Shop in room 110 of the Art Building, provides equipment, suitable work space, and appropriate technical assistance for projects. Training is provided for specialized equipment to complete their projects. The shop has various tools and equipment available, including a table saw, miter saws, a radial arm saw, band saws, drill presses, belt sanders, spindle sander, a planer, lathe, and scroll saw. A number of hand tools, including circular saws, jig saws, palm sanders, orbital sanders, belt sanders, hand drills, routers, and much more, are also offered for student use. Necessary personal protective equipment (goggles, dust masks, ear plugs, etc.) is provided. You must supply your own materials, and the shop will supply reasonable quantities of glue, nails, screws, staples, glue sticks and sandpaper.

For more information on hours, equipment and training, visit the Design Shop portion of the College of Art + Design site.

Studio Facilities

Painting StudioThe ceramics area provides generous, well-equipped studio space with an array of firing possibilities and equipment.

The photography facilities feature abundant workspace, classrooms, critique spaces and an exhibition space available for student work and guest photographers.

Printmaking students have access to a print workshop with the tools for intaglio and lithography, relief, digital, screenprinting, book arts, and paper making.

The sculpture shops provide fully equipped welding and fabrication areas, including forging stations and a foundry facility.

For MFA students, generous private and semi-private studio space is available.

Among other studio space, one large room, approximately 7,000 square feet, is currently used for senior projects and the advanced drawing workshop.

A large-scale, archival-quality inkjet printer specifically engineered for art allows students to output their work and opens the possibility of producing work of matchless resolution.

The Computer-Aided Design and Geographic Information Systems (CADGIS) research laboratory at LSU is dedicated to teaching and research in the areas of computer-aided design, image processing, and other computer applications in art, architecture, design, geography, anthropology, interior design, and landscape architecture.

The Middleton Library  houses a number of art books, as does the Hill Memorial Library, which contains a Rare Book Room that houses original copies of select material available for viewing.

Computer Labs

The Art Building houses two teaching labs equipped with state of the art hardware and professional quality software for still and motion graphics, photography, digital imaging, web and interactive design, 3-D modeling and animation. A high speed wireless network, servers for file and web hosting as well as numerous input and output devices complement the resources of our students’ laptops to provide a comprehensive design and production studio environment.

Shaw Center Spaces

The Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery

The Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts is the School of Art’s ultra-contemporary exhibition space that brings artwork of the highest caliber to Baton Rouge and challenges viewers to look seriously at works that evoke and possibly provoke a response. The gallery is our “window to the world” which affords an exciting set of possibilities for reaching out to the local and regional community and to allow others to see the strengths of the School of Art.

A varied programming calendar ensures there is always something exciting to see in the gallery. Visitors can view works by contemporary artists from around the country, follow the development of LSU School of Art students and see the most recent work of our faculty.

Come be a part of the excitement at the Glassell Gallery. Whether you want to spend an afternoon strolling through the galleries, meet the artists at special receptions, or wish to further your understanding of contemporary art by attending a lecture, we’ve got something for you! Enjoy our thriving downtown neighborhood. You can easily grab a bite or something to drink from one of many nearby eateries. And, garage parking is right across the street from our main entrance!

The Shaw Center for the Arts

Shaw Center at nightThe Shaw Center for the Arts was designed by Schwartz/Silver Architects (Boston), working with New Orleans-based Eskew, Dumez and Ripple as executive architect, in association with Jerry M. Campbell & Associates architects in Baton Rouge. Giving LSU a presence in developing downtown Baton Rouge, the Shaw Center for the Arts is the first building in the United States to be completely covered in U-shaped cast glass channels, which were made in Germany and suspended eight inches from the building’s wall system. The building houses the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. Exhibition Gallery on the first floor and LSU Museum of Art on the upper floors which exhibits the work of national and international artists.

With views of barges passing through the Mississippi River, the Shaw Center for the Arts showcases innovative exhibits from student, local and national artists. LSU students and the community at large enjoy this impressive structure located within walking distance of the Louisiana State Museum, the Old State Capital and the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum.

Other Gallery Spaces

Student show at the Foster Gallery

The Foster Hall Gallery

Throughout the year, the School hosts exhibits of work by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, local and visiting artists. From contemporary paintings to prints, photography to ceramics, graphic design to sculpture, you will see and experience innovative work that brings a wide range of perspectives and touches on important social themes.

Gallery 229 is an exhibition space available for student work and guest photographers.

Exhibition space in the printmaking department

The Middleton Library the main campus library includes a dedicated printmaking gallery space.

The Hill Memorial Library which has an exhibition program that includes historic and contemporary exhibitions of artists’ books, photographs and printed ephemera.

The Foster Hall Gallery features primarily student work. Students may make arrangements to have their work exhibited.

Student Union Gallery which shows student and faculty work.

The Sculpture Park was conceived and created as a collaboration between faculty and students.