Art and Art History students at Southern Oregon University work and study in the specially-designed Center for the Visual Arts (CVA). Built in 2001, the CVA is an 11.5 million dollar, 66,000 square foot complex encompassing four buildings: the Art Building, the Marion Ady Building, the DeBoer Sculpture Building, and the Schneider Museum of Art. The stunning architecture represents the significance of fine arts to the region. The buildings all have generous natural lighting, high ceilings, and beautiful views of the Siskiyou Mountains.
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The main Art Building, which houses faculty offices and features a large lobby with fireplace, includes two seminar rooms, the 160-seat Meese Auditorium, and a 50-seat Art History classroom that provides space for classes, lectures, and performances. In the Lower Level of the Art Building is the Ceramics studio and wood shop.
The Marion Ady Building is home to two digital media (Mac) labs for the digital arts and some photography classes, as well as studios for Printmaking, Painting, Drawing, and Photography. An Art Education classroom, lighting studio, general studio, student lounge, wood shop, reading nook and lockers for studio students are also available.
Art East, located steps away across Indiana St., has the Sculpture studio with display space for student projects, and an additional wood shop.
Six student-run galleries (two in the Art Building and four in Marion Ady) offer students opportunities for resume-building exhibit experience, and nine semi-private studios provide work space for students outside of the classroom.