Department of Art & Design • Breidenstine Hall
Breidenstine Hall is named after Aaron G. Breidenstine (1955-1966), Dean of Instruction and is the home of the Department of Art & Design. It is located on 46 E. Frederick Street in Millersville, PA. It is comprised of specialized studios, two art galleries, two iMac computer labs, and a lecture hall. Breidenstine Hall is the center of inspiration, creativity, innovation and passion at Millersville University.
Building Access & Policy
Basement - Studios & Computer Labs
The Ceramics studio is comprised of main studio, a clay mixing and glazing room, a glaze mixing room, a electric kiln room, a gas kiln room and damp room. The ceramics studio includes: 20 potters wheels, 1 slab roller, 1 extruder, 1 hydraulic extruder, 2 clay mixers, 1 spray booth, 2 electric test kilns, 7 electric kilns, 2 gas car kilns, and 1 gas soda kiln.
The Department of Art & Design currently offers students lockers free of charge while enrolled in classes within the department. These lockers are subject to availability.
1st Floor (Ground Level)
The main office of Breidenstine Hall is conveniently located on the ground level of the Department of Art & Design. You will find the Department Secretary as well as other faculty offices within this space.
The sculpture studio encompass a complete bronze-casting foundry capable of pouring in excess of 300 lbs. of molten metal. The foundry area has an overhead hoist and is set up to utilize ceramic shell casting. The facility is equipped with a burnout kiln, a shell room, a blast cabinet, pneumatic grinders & finishers, and a floor mounted polisher. The welding equipment includes: gas welders, TIG and MIG welders. Outside of the studio is an iron forge. For cold forming of metal there is a box and pan break, 4’ shear, 4’ power slip roll, and a small 30” slip roll. We have the usual complement of wood working power tools: table and band saws, drill press, floor disc sander, wood turning lathe.
Sykes Gallery is named after Ronald E. Sykes (1956-1998), a Professor of Art and Chairman of the department and is dedicated to presenting the work of emerging and established artists. It serves as a cultural and instructional resource for Millersville University students and the greater the Millersville community. The gallery has a year-round exhibition schedule.
Art Education Studio
The Art Education room is the primary space used on campus for the instruction of classes, seminars and workshops tied into the Art Education program at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level.
Fine Art Metals Studio
The studio facilities are equipped with a recently renovated ventilation system and are excellent for the production of small-scale sculpture and art jewelry. The studio includes all of the major equipment necessary for fabricating, casting, raising, lapidary, enameling, etching, and finishing processes.
There are 20 individual jewelers’ benches. Tool kits that contain the necessary hand tools are available to the beginning level classes for rental. Other equipment available includes flexible shaft machines with accessories, metal-forming stakes and hammers, belt sander, large shear and Beverly Shear, gas burn-out kiln, electric enameling kilns, oxygen/acetylene torch, acetylene torches, pulse arc welder, centrifugal casting machine, vulcanizer, wax injector, vacuum investing-casting machine, 20-ton hydraulic press, rolling mills, drill presses, powder coating equipment, lapidary equipment, buffing machines, vibrating and rotary tumblers, ultrasonic cleaner, and various auxiliary items. Provided materials include, but are not limited to: flux, brushes, investment, polishing and grinding wheels, sanding belts, carving wax, wax wire, and polishing compounds.
Interactive & Graphic Design Computer Lab
- Art Server
- 350 GB Server - accessible anywhere
- 25 Apple Desktop computers
- Mac OS X 10.6.3
- Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
- RAM: 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
- Storage: 1 TB
- 27" Screens
- Adobe Masters Collection CS4
- Sound Track Pro and Audacity
- EPSON Perfection V500 Photo
- EPSON Perfection 3170 Photo
- EPSON Perfection 3490 Photo
- EPSON Perfection GT-20000
- VIDAR Designer 18” Scanner
- Digital Camera
- Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED
- EPSON STYLUS Pro 4880 Inkjet
- EPSON STYLUS Pro 7800 Inkjet
- EPSON STYLUS Color 3000 (Fabric Printing)
- RICOH Aficio SP C811DN Laser
- RICOH Aficio SP5100n Laser
- HP LaserJet 5000n Laser
- Ultima 65 (Laminator)
- Sound Recording
- Zoom H2 Handy Recorder
- Mac Mouse Recorder
- 5 Sony Dynamic Stereo Headphones MDR-V6
- 3 HD Flip Video Cams
- Sony 5.0 Mega Pixel CD Mavica Digital Camera
- Digital Drawing Tools
- 20 Wacom Pen Tablets
- Panasonic 5W300 WXGA Projector
- Smart Podium ID422w
- Elmo Visual Presenter
- UBL Surround Speakers
- Sony Blu-Ray Disk Player
- 2 Large Illumination Table
The main floor of Breidenstine Hall offers a lecture hall which primarily serves as a space for the intruction of Art History courses, but also serves other departments throughout the University for lecture based courses.
The printmaking studio is outfitted to instruct the four major fine art printmaking processes of relief, intaglio, lithography and silkscreen. The facility has seven presses: two lithography presses including a Takach (bed size 40”x 72”) and a Griffin (bed size 32”x 88”), two Brand etching presses (bed sizes 30”x 50” and 20”x 40”), two silkscreen presses (bed size 44’x 64”and 36”x48”), and a Vandercook proofing press. In the darkroom there is a self-contained Amergraph screen exposure unit and a scoop coating area with drying cabinets. There is a separate ventilated room for etching that includes a plumbed eye station and shower. Another room houses a power washer and backlit spray-out sink is used for screenprinting and a ventilated spray booth. The facility has a large library of lithographic limestones the largest of which is 30”x 40”.
The innermost section of the second floor hosts what is referenced as the seminar room. Its open set up surrounded by whiteboards frequently serves as an overlow space to allow engagement for various clubs and conference related activities within the department. Several faculty offices are also adjoined to this space.
Two-Dimensional Design Studio
The classroom has 26 drafting tables with tilting tabletops, adjustable cushioned chairs, a mounted digital projector, and plenty of clean, unobstructed wall space to easily accommodate critiques.
The drawing studio has skylights with northern light exposure. Along with two modeling stands the room is equipped with 28 drawing benches and 12 adjustable easels. The storage cabinets and closets house a range of still life materials, individual mirrors (for in class self-portraiture), and an anatomy skeleton.
The 1700 square foot painting studio is equipped with 30 sturdy metal easels, 6 wooden easels, and 26 taborets that are move to accommodate the changing needs of class projects. The room has skylights with northern light exposure, 6 light stands with reflectors, and 2 clip light reflectors. An adjacent room offers storage for painting and related supplies, and also has working stations for preparation of art material, matting, framing, 2 Logan mat cutters, and a small spray booth. There is a metal storage cabinet for solvents, and a 55 gallon drum with fire safety lid for used rag storage. Included in the studio are: various props for still life, 4.5’ x 8’ model stand, vertical and horizontal storage racks.
Photography Studio/Computer Lab
The photography facility houses both digital and darkroom production equipment. The digital space is equipped with 24 state of the art Macintosh computers and Adobe Photoshop software. The darkroom is equipped with 22 enlargers that print from 35mm through 4 x 5 inch negatives. The photography facility houses a small darkroom for non-silver and other alternative processes. Other equipment includes digital and film SLR cameras, Epson scanners, medium and large format film cameras, light tables, dry-mounting equipment, and a mat cutter. The photo facility is also equipped with Alien Bee studio mono-lights, soft boxes and professional backdrops. There is a separate photography classroom that is used for lectures, multi-media presentations and critiques.
Three-Dimensional Design Studio
The three-dimensional design studio has two band saws, two portable dust collectors, a drill press, and a variety of hand tools. In addition, three large tables easily provided ample workspace for the students enrolled in each class.
Swift Gallery is named after Margaret Swift (1927-1958), a Professor of Art Education and is dedicated to showcasing Millersville student art in the form of BFA shows, capstone exhibitions, and group shows.