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Photography Studios and Darkrooms

The Photography facilities let you create work using a variety of contemporary, historical, and alternative processes including both analog and digital techniques. In addition to a variety of shooting spaces, we offer multiple darkroom facilities for developing film and analog printing, spaces to edit and print digital photography, and services to send work out to be developed.


The Woodshop is open to all members of the SMFA community, and offers fabrication and safety training in support of a wide variety of sculptural approaches. Whether you want to make stretcher bars for your paintings, frames for your prints, or structures for your installations, students get the support they need for projects. The shop is well-equipped to accommodate projects involving anything from woodcarving to furniture and guitar making, to installation work. A variety of hand tools are available to all students and students who have taken proper safety training gain access to the shop’s power tools.


The Ceramics Studio is a space where artists can explore the properties of clay. Students may explore ancient or contemporary methods through a variety of firing and glazing techniques, ceramic decaling, wheel work, hand building, slab construction, or slip casting. Our kilns and drying rooms can support large-scale work, and individual studio spaces are available for students enrolled in directed study.                                 


The Screenprinting Studio is an entirely water-based studio equipped with darkroom facilities, a large vacuum-frame exposure unit, a light table, multiple screenprinting stations, and a power washing booth. Students enrolled in a screenprinting class are granted storage space for screens, and a shared locker and flat file for the semester. The screenprinting studio supplies all inks for any currently enrolled students. Students learn the basics of screenprinting ranging from reductive screenprinting, four color CMYK separations, repeat printing, textile printing, and a variety of photo processes. 

Medal Award

The Medal Award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant and lasting impact on the art world.