Located in the historic campus core, the new building forms an arts district with the adjacent Gallery and Museum and nearby Music Building.
The iconic north-facing, double-height glass bays admit filtered light into the studio spaces.
Exterior materials include zinc paneling, brick and glass.
A flexible gallery and lounge space is located adjacent to the main entrance.
Simple details mark the circulation path, including a custom bench at the entry lobby and custom hand rails in the main stair.
Drawing studio - The indirect, even qualities of north light provided by the dramatically scaled bays are ideal for painting and drawing.
Painting studio - All studios have state-of-the-art lighting fixtures with comprehensive user controls to create optimal environments.
Printmaking studio - Wall sections in all studios are backed with plywood, creating "critique walls."
Garage doors in the sculpture studio open onto an exterior courtyard.
Specialized ventilation and safety equipment collects dust and filters particles to ensure occupant health and safety.
Computer workstations fill two large classrooms dedicated to digital art.
The photography wing supports the instruction of digital methods as well as traditional “wet” photography and film processing.
Campus plan – With the nearby Gallery and Music buildings, the Studio Arts Building shapes a new campus arts district.
First level plan
Second/Entry level plan
Third level plan
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Horvitz Hall Studio Arts Building, Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
The new Studio Arts Building at Kenyon College brings the arts programs into academic core of the campus and provides a flexible container for changes in pedagogy and enrollment. Located on a major approach edge to campus, the Studio Arts Building completes a new precinct for arts on campus that is organized by a new quadrangle to the west of the formal central spine of campus, Middle Path. The Arts Quad formed by the Studio Arts Building, adjacent Gallery and nearby Music Building makes it easier for students to take art classes and for professors to collaborate with their colleagues from other disciplines.

Kenyon’s arts pedagogy places a strong emphasis on independent and senior level work, closely mentored by faculty. The building program includes specialized studios for printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, lighting, installation, and digital and audio media, in addition to a gallery and exhibition area, faculty and departmental offices, individual studio space for art majors and a seminar room.

The building is organized by two intersecting bars, one containing three large studios per floor and the second containing smaller spaces along a double-loaded corridor, including faculty offices, advanced studios, classrooms and support spaces. This organization separates the clean and dirty functions of the program. Flat zinc panels express the destination spaces of the building and offer contrast with the brick masonry of the building shell. Polished concrete flooring throughout the building accommodates the messy process of art-making and compliments the utilitarian building aesthetic.

All studio spaces feature specialized equipment to ensure proper air quality and occupant health and safety. The project is LEED Silver-certified.

As described by the 2013 AIA New England Design Awards jury, "The jury very much appreciated the clean, modern building, which is well incorporated into a traditional campus. The spaces encourage creative collaboration, and represent to the highest values of a liberal arts campus."

COMPLETION

2012

SIZE

41,530 SF

AWARDS

AIA New England, Merit Award

PHOTOGRAPHY

Brad Feinknopf
Emily Zeller

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