Academic Programs

Art Facilities

Transylvania University art students have 24-hour, seven-day access to a variety of art studios and work and gallery spaces in the Shearer Art Building and the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.


Students may exhibit their work in the Susan P. Shearer Student Gallery located in the Shearer Art Building. The art program also sponsors the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition at Morlan Gallery, located in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.

The Susan P. Shearer Gallery is an open venue that lends itself to student exhibitions, art club programs, and open critique sessions. Equipped with professional lighting, easy-mount walls, and a bank of windows for abundant natural light, the student gallery is a student directed space that typically hosts five to eight exhibitions per year.

Art studioDrawing and Design

Filled with light, the drawing and design area hosts the art program's drawing, design, and color classes. Students have ample table surfaces to spread out their work, with flat file storage, sinks, and reference materials nearby.


Housed on the second floor of the Shearer Art Building, the painting studios have ample light, easels, and clean-up facilities. There is an adjacent photo studio where students can photograph their work.


The art program's newest work space is the printmaker's studio. Students can try a variety of printing methods including etching, monotypes, and plastic prints. Artists are encouraged in their exploration of various media and techniques. Some students print on handmade papers; others use a variety of mark-making devices on their prints.

Lexington is home to the Bluegrass Printers Cooperative, so students have free access to local printmakers and exhibitions featuring all-print work.

ceramics classCeramics

The ceramics studio features three electric kilns and a gas-fired reduction kiln, a soda vapor kiln, and a Raku kiln. With over 2,000 square feet of space, 12 wheels, and well-stocked glazing space, students hand-build, wheel-throw, and cast clay projects.


Housed in two studio spaces across the hallway from one another, the sculpture lab includes a wood studio and a general studio.

The wood studio offers a variety of standard woodworking machines, including a table saw designed with a safety retraction feature. The general studio is open and has generous table space to allow students the freedom to work on larger three-dimensional projects.

Fine Arts Technical Lab

Located on the lower level of the Mitchell Fine Arts Center, this state-of-the-art technical lab offers digital design and music capabilities. The "DArt Lab," as it is known on campus, features 10 individual workstations equipped with the hardware and software creative thinkers require for their digital projects. Each comfortable computer station has a 13”x17” professional Wacom drawing tablet and the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, and Lightroom.

Additionally, the computers are loaded with a wide variety of music capture and editing software. The lab has two sound isolation booths and commercial grade mixing boards.

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