Muhlenberg’s Art Department is housed in the Baker Center for the Arts, a modernist building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Philip Johnson. Built in 1976, this structure, whose dramatic focus is a 220-foot, sky lit galleria, houses the department’s studios for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, darkroom photography, and digital media—in addition to an art gallery and classrooms.
Muhlenberg’s location is an ideal setting for art majors, providing easy access to the first-class museums and art galleries of New York and Philadelphia. The art department regularly sponsors trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.
As a member of the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC), Muhlenberg allows students to register for additional art courses at 5 nearby institutions to take courses such as metalsmithing, architectural design, graphic design, and art therapy.
Photography/Digital Media Studio Macintosh laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud, Epson scanners, Epson inkjet printers, complete range of film and digital cameras, lighting studio equipped with strobes and hot lights, critique space, and print prep area.
Digital Media Workroom Epson 9900 printer for large format work, print prep area
Darkrooms Two wet darkrooms with total 18 enlarger stations
Alternative Process Darkroom darkroom for alternative process photography and hybrid/digital printmaking processes. WDX screenprint washout sink with power washer, photography sinks, hot air screen drying cabinet, NuArc exposure unit for screens, halogen exposure unit for photo processes and photo etching plates, lightproof print drying cabinets, film loading room
Printmaking Studio Fully equipped for woodblock, etching, screenprint, lithography and hybrid/digital printmaking equipment. 72” Takach etching & lithography combination press, 32” Charles Brand etching press, 2 Mac computer stations with Adobe Suite, Epson Scanner, laser printer, safety and ventilation equipment
Drawing Studio Controlled lighting, studio work stands, large inventory of still life materials
Painting Studio Controlled lighting, easels, large inventory of still life material
Sculpture Studio clay modeling studio, complete woodworking shop, welding metal workshop, electronic fabrication equipment for sound art, safety and ventilation equipment
Art History Classroom equipped with both digital and analog projection systems. Proximate to resources in the library, gallery, and auditorium.