The Art and Art History Department's facilities and resources consist of numerous buildings and spaces on Dickinson College campus: Weiss Center for the Arts, studio space at the Goodyear building, Goodyear Gallery, Visual Resources Center, The Trout Gallery, computer stations in Weiss Center for the Arts and a computer lab in Goodyear, and Waidner-Spahr Library.
The spaces and buildings mentioned above have independent and group work spaces that provide the intellectual nourishment that a student needs. Weiss Center for the Arts houses the Art and Art History Department offices, classrooms and studio spaces, besides the Music Department and The Trout Gallery, while Goodyear provides a gallery space, individual studio spaces, ceramic studio, sculpture studio, photography resources, and workshop spaces.
The Goodyear Building, a nineteenth-century shoe factory rumored to be the birthplace of the sneaker, provides studio spaces for art majors and faculty. Students who declare studio art as a major receive keys and round-the-clock access to the facility, which offers individual workspaces, a woodshop and sculpture studio, a large painting classroom, a photography studio, and a gallery space that is run by students and staff together that allows for spontaneous exhibitions or installations of an experimental nature. The broad range of activities and interests that flourish in the building have established a strong sense of community among the faculty and the students who share the building.
The Goodyear Gallery serves the department of art & art history, and the college community, by showcasing the work of contemporary and emerging artists, and studio art senior seminar work, which is an annual exhibition that takes place each fall. Gallery programming is focused on providing support to classes in the department and affording students the opportunity to learn from working artists by installing shows, and maintaining and curating the gallery space. Most exhibitions have opening receptions that often include artist talks and are open to the general public. *The gallery is located in the rear of the Goodyear Building near the studio art facilities and can be accessed by using the Cedar Street parking lot entrance.
The Goodyear Project Wall
The Goodyear Project Wall is located outside of the Goodyear Gallery and is dedicated to large-scale public art projects that are collaborative in nature. The inaugural project for the wall took place in September of 2013 and featured a collaborative project between artist Paul Manlove and a group of fourteen students and faculty.
*The Goodyear Gallery, Goodyear Building (Cedar Street Entrance)
Tuesday - Friday | 3-5pm
Weiss Center for the Arts
The Weiss Center for the Arts offers excellent studio facilities. There are separate studios for photography, drawing, painting and printmaking in the Weiss building. Each studio is well equipped and allows students to learn basic to advanced techniques in all medias. Art History classes are taught in smart classrooms that are equipped with slide, film, video, audio and computer projected equipment. Dickinson College's Visual Resources Center, also located in Weiss, contains approximately 200,000 35mm slide transparencies and is currently digitizing its collection, which are available to all students and faculty on campus.
The Trout Gallery, along with housing Dickinson College's permanent collections of art--which range in time from Classical Greece to the 20th Century--maintains a varied and frequently changing exhibition schedule of historical, contemporary and multicultural materials. The Trout Gallery is, at once, an educational branch of the College and a fine arts museum for the Carlisle/Greater Harrisburg area. The Gallery serves the college community as an interdisciplinary resource for studio art, art history, modern languages, international studies, and classical archeology courses. Within the Department of Art & Art History, the Gallery offers advanced art history majors the yearly opportunity to curate an exhibition of objects from the College's collections. Internships in the Gallery are offered to superior art majors during their senior year.