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Department of Art

Department of Art



Our tremendous facilities and programming provide a “focal point” to achieve and demonstrate excellence. The Corn Center for the Visual Arts, our Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery and other facilities help us prepare students for creative and scholarly careers, while providing our faculty and visitors with opportunities to share their most recent creative, curatorial and scholarly accomplishments. By engaging our population through lectures, exhibitions, public and special events we create artistic vibrancy, discourse and synergy thereby providing our students with the best possible educational experience while contributing to the development of creative and cultural capitol in the region.

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Corn Center for the Visual Arts

The Corn Center for the Visual Arts at RiverPark is the creative home of the Department of Art. Completed in 2006, the 50,000 square foot Corn Center was a former cotton warehouse, and has state-of-the-art studios for painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, drawing, and photography. In addition, there are dedicated critique rooms, galleries, a woodshop, and a student lounge. Elevated ceilings, large windows, open spaces, and a sleek, functional design make the Corn Center highly conducive to the creative process.

Yancy Facility

The Yancey Center at One Arsenal Place

The Yancey Building, a former cannon foundry located adjacent to the Corn Center, houses the faculty offices and administrative center of the Department of Art, as well as a digital media labs and art education classrooms. The College of the Arts administrative office suite is in Yancey Center.

Seaboard Depot Art Studio

Seaboard Depot Art Studios

The Seaboard Depot is taking the Department of Art to the next level as an emerging powerhouse in the arts. With support from our unique community partnerships, the facility was readapted to offer individual studios for faculty, senior art students, and our visiting artists-in-residence. The ArtLab Gallery presents exhibitions while the multi-use room provides space for collaborative projects, master classes and workshops. The lower level of this 16,000 square foot building houses our Art History program, Narrative Illustration and Book Arts, and the Art Farm Art Education Learning Lab.

The 1902 structure served the mills and warehouses in the riverfront area as the Seaboard Air Line Railway Freight Depot. Uniquely positioned at the gateway to the RiverWalk and Chattahoochee River, the thoughtfully readapted facility now creates a synergy between our students, faculty, resident artists, and the public, while providing enhanced opportunities for program growth, productivity, and community interaction.