M.F.A. Studio Art

Facilities and Studio Areas

The Barney Building & MFA Studios

This six story Beaux Arts building at 34 Stuyvesant Street in the East Village houses all of the Art Department's studios, shops, labs, and studios, as well as classrooms, exhibition spaces, and faculty offices. Barney Building facilities include private MFA studios, studio classrooms and workshops for sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, and sewing. In addition the building has photography labs and computer studios.

All MFA students get 24/7 access to private studios located on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors of the Barney Building.

Sculpture Shop

The sculpture facility covers a full floor of the Barney building. It is divided into a fully equipped wood and metal shop which includes a CNC router, panel saw, Sawstop table saw, compound miter saw, vertical and horizontal bandsaws for both metal/woodworking, an air compressor system and downdraft table for sanding.  In addition, we have a plaster and moldmaking studio with a self contained spray booth room.

Print Studio

The print studio is equipped for multiple techniques, including silkscreen (photo-process darkroom), etching (two Charles Brand etching presses), relief print, book arts and letterpress (Vandercook UNI-1 press), and digital imaging/printing.

Ceramics, Metalsmithing, Fabric, and Glass Studios

Our third floor ceramic studio is fully equipped with gas (up and down drafts) kilns, a variety of electric kilns, extruders, slab rollers, glaze and clay making areas, clay and glaze chemistry, and potters' wheels.

The metalsmithing studio enables techniques of small scale metal work, including hollow ware, forging, inlay, and coloring of metals.

The mixed media area includes computerized sewing machines, industrial sewing machines and sergers and various support equipment for soft sculpture.

Glass courses are conducted at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. Casting, blowing, cold working, neon, lamp work, and slumping are all available.

Photography Lab

Our darkroom, on the second floor of Barney Building, is complete with a 30” Colex color processor, group black and white and color darkrooms, as well as eight individual color darkrooms. There are two classrooms, equipped with iMacs, video and slide projectors, digital photo printers, flatbed and negative scanners.  Each classroom can also be converted into a photo studio, with black, white and grey seamless backdrop rolls.

The Photography Lab has a large selection of equipment for loan, including 35mm cameras, medium and large format cameras, digital SLRs, HD video cameras, sound recorders, tungsten lighting kits, strobe lighting kits, tripods and a green screen kit.

Digital Labs and Printing

The Barney building has 2 computer labs equipped with iMacs with a full range of software available for student use. Students also have access to large format archival printing, an Epilog Helix 24 Laser Engraver, a Formlabs 3D printer, a full range of electronics prototyping equipment and hardware, a CNC plotter and access to a Shopbot Desktop CNC router.

Open Shop/Lab/Studio Time in Barney Building

Current Schedule