AHVA studio spaces support a wide range of practices and provide upper-year visual art majors and MFA students a personal or shared space to develop their work.
Open and shared studio spaces, adjoined by a large lounge and display space, are available on the third floor of the Audain Art Centre for third- and fourth-year visual art majors. These well-lit facilities can support a wide range of practices and possibilities for student and faculty engagement.
In addition to personal zones within the large studio to develop student practice, there are several support services in the studio for clean up, storage, and disposal. BFA students have priority for an assigned studio space. Allocation of studios occurs in September after the add/drop deadline.
In April, after final critiques, the studio spaces are reorganized as a venue for the BFA/BA in Visual Art Graduating Exhibition. The exhibition represents a community effort across students, faculty, staff, and capstone for VISA 475: Exhibition Theory and Practice.
Each MFA student is provided with a private studio space (approximately 20.5 square metres) on the fourth floor of the Audain Art Centre for two years. An open multipurpose common room adjoins the studios. A computer room and spray booth are also available for research and safe practice on the same floor.
The individual studios provide a secure space for artistic research 24/7 close to further learning and practice spaces, departmental colleagues and advisors, and campus amenities. MFA students typically hold open studios for the public and community in early December.
Critical and curatorial studies graduate students share a neighbouring studio. AHVA regularly hosts artists-in-residence on the same floor to enable informal and formal interactions in this research community.
The Audain Art Centre is part of the larger Ponderosa Commons student residence complex.