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, classrooms, and image library.
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 nearby institutions, such as metalsmithing, architectural design, or graphic design.
Photography/Digital Media Studio Macintosh laptops with Adobe CS6, 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. Additional computers are available in the Walson Digital Cultures Learning Space.
Digital Media Workroom Sound editing equipment, Epson 9900 printer for large format work, print prep area
Darkrooms Two wet darkrooms with total 18 enlarger stations, alternative processes darkroom for photography and hybrid/digital printmaking with 2 exposure units, film processing area
Printmaking Studio Fully equipped for woodblock, etching, screenprint, lithography and hybrid/digital printmaking. 72” Takach etching & lithography combination press, 32” Charles Brand etching press, 2 Mac computer stations with Adobe CS6, 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.
Resources on Campus
Special Collections & Programs
|Martin Art Gallery Exhibition Program & Visiting Artists the gallery and department bring a wide range of artists and exhibitions to campus.|
|The Permanent Collection 1,600 European and American works on paper and a rich body of contemporary art.|
|The Rare Book Collection a collection of rare books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera of art historical significance including a William Blake.|
|MDID Digital Image Database a searchable database of ancient to contemporary art.|
|Acopian Center for Ornithology housed in the biology department, this collection contains 2500+ birds. The collection is frequently used by drawing classes.|
|Canvas our new multi-media learning system.|
|The Writing Center offers drop-in tutorial sessions and writing instruction.|
|Trexler Library 310,000+ volumes and 29,000 print and electronic journals. The library also provides one-on-one research sessions and citation guides.|