Muncie Arts & Culture

About Ball State University School of Art

The School of Art at Ball State includes 49 full-time faculty and staff, over 500 majors in 12 areas, and a rich calendar of events, workshops, lectures, exhibition openings and presentations. The art making facilities at Ball State University are among the best in the nation.

Built in 2001, the Art and Journalism Building (AJ) provides more than 57,000 sqft of state-of-the-art classroom and studio space for the School of Art. AJ is now a major focal point of campus life at Ball State. The building's first floor includes an impressive dining and food court area with beautiful natural lighting, the main university bookstore (run by Barnes & Noble), and the School of Art's Atrium Gallery, a high-profile space for students, faculty, and visiting artists to display their work. With over 2,000 square feet, the Atrium Gallery serves as an important educational tool as it provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the broader arts community to showcase works and view the artwork of others. The three-dimensional studios (ceramics, metals, sculpture, wood-working) are located on the first floor in an efficient, industrial space. This provides ground-floor access for heavy objects, bronze and aluminum casting, large-scale fabrication, and an adjacent outdoor working space for sculpture and ceramics. Art education classrooms, photography studios, art history classrooms, a visual resources center, computer labs and animation studios are located on the second floor and are grouped with faculty offices. Visual communication studios, classrooms, offices as well as electronic art and advanced video labs are found on the third floor. Two-dimensional art studios (printmaking, drawing, painting, 2D foundations) are on the fourth floor to optimize the natural northern light. Faculty offices are grouped directly across from the studio spaces to facilitate collaboration been students and faculty.

The Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass is a 9,000 sqft premier glass facility, emphasizing simple, easy to maintain spaces that are not over-engineered and are ultimately flexible. Careful consideration was given to key elements of the glass artist's process: ventilation, temperature, space to work, and the range of processes involved in the creation of glass art. Situated on the southwest edge of campus, the facility opened its doors in 2011. Generously funded by The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation established by Marilyn and Eugene Glick, the Glick Center was built to support and promote the practice of the contemporary glass arts at Ball State University and in the East Central Indiana Region.