Sculpture & Physical Computing
The sculpture and digital art facilities in Doherty Hall encompass over 15,000 square feet of workshops managed by full-time technicians and after-hour monitors. The shops function as working classrooms and are supplemented by a multi-function Advanced Sculpture classroom (B302), a Concept Studio classroom (B302) and a large outdoor class-room and work-space. The majority of these classrooms are equipped for video projection and sound. All areas are equipped with dust collection and ventilation systems.
ArtFab supports artistic research and creation with analog and digital fabrication, electronics, interactivity, kinetics, textiles, plastics, casting, metal work and sound. ArtFab is Located on the C- and D-levels of Doherty Hall (DH).
Click each area to see photographs and learn more about its available resources:
- Blue (lab) : physical computing, sculptural audio/video and rapid prototyping
- Green (shop) : mixed media assembly, plastics
- Project Space : temporary installation, documentation, exhibition, or work residencies
- Outdoor Classroom : welding, large scale assembly
- Welding & Plasma : large-scale metal work
- CNC Router : 4' x 4' CNT Motion Router
- Laser Cutter : mobile laser cutting
- Supplies : sheet material storage
- Storage : in-progress work storage
Please visit the ArtFab website for more information and project documentation.
Digital Arts Studio
The Digital Arts Studio [DAS] provides digital imaging and fabrication services and support for School of Art students and faculty. Focused on large format printing, large-format scanning, and 3D printing. Please visit the Digital Arts Studio [DAS] website for more information, policies, and to schedule a job.
The Woodshop Toolroom houses various electric power, pneumatic air and traditional hand tools and other woodworking equipment. A workroom with three large work tables is located adjacent to the Woodshop. A large walk-in Spray Booth is available on the DH D-level outside DH D200.
|Woodshop Equipment List|
|2 10” table saws|
|Radial arm saw|
|14” and 20” bandsaws|
|20” woodturning lathe|
Small Metals consists of various forms and tooling for metal forming, annealing and etching. This area also houses small metals casting machines consisting of a computerized electric furnace, heat press, Kasto-Vac and Injectomatic machines. For kinetic/robotics work the area also houses various hand tools, four work tables for basic metalworking and electronics/robotics work and an exhaust hood.
Small Metals Equipment
4 acetylene torch setups
2 6" rolling mills
gas floor forge
gas melting furnace
|18" scroll saw|
|two drill presses|
|6" belt/12" disc sander|
|1" belt sander|
|36" rolling mill|
|8" and 12" hand shears|
|37" foot shear|
|24" and 36" pan & box breaks|
Ceramics occupies two spaces: a large open classroom with constant fresh air ventilation and an adjacent kilnroom. The area houses five kilns, including a 90 cu. ft. car kiln for easy loading of large sculptures. The classroom has numerous worktables and pedestals where students can set up pieces and leave them in place during their work process, in addition to storage areas for supplies and student work.
90 cu. ft. gas Alpine car kiln
30 cu. ft. gas Alpine front loader
3 new L & L electric kilns with Dynatrol control units
(21 cu. ft., 9.5 cu. ft. and 7 cu. ft.)
Bluebird stainless steel clay mixer
Brent CXC wheels
Brent slab roller and clay extruder
Electric pallet cart
Installation Art, Mixed Media, Eco-Art Space
Installation Art & Mixed Media classroom
DH B302 is a large, open, flexible space classroom and work room equipped with a heavy duty ceiling grid to accommodate suspending sculpture and creative lighting and/or outlets for equipment. Work tables and a number of sewing machines are portable to accommodate teaching soft sculpture, mixed media, installation and ecological art.
Doherty Hall loading dock is partially a workspace equipped with outdoor electrical outlets for power tools and welders, portable steel work-tables and open space for fabrication.
WeanDoh is a unique, naturalistic, outdoor Ecological Art Laboratory space between Wean and Doherty Hall, viewed primarily from windows of four floors of the pedestrian bridge.
Given a system of proposal request forms, students may acquire permission to temporarily install artworks on the campus grounds, in certain CFA buildings and at the new CMU Student Art Park across the Forbes Avenue bridge.