Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery
The Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery serves the Trinity University and San Antonio communities by presenting a dynamic program of exhibitions, lectures and events that contribute to an ongoing dialogue in the visual arts. The gallery is named in honor of Michael Neidorff ’65, Trinity alumnus and trustee, and his wife Noémi.
Through the organization of four exhibitions annually, including student-developed shows, students gain hands-on experience in all aspects of gallery management. The Art Gallery supports the educational mission of the Department of Art and Art History by bringing a diverse array of original works of art to campus, including exhibitions coordinated with the Stieren Arts Enrichment Lecture Series, which hosts internationally established artists and scholars. The gallery does not accept unsolicited submissions for exhibitions.
- 2020: Show and Tell (Virtual Exhibit)
- 2019: Eight Confessions
- 2018: MERAKI
- 2017: This is All I Can Remember
- 2016: Ex Oblivione
Each specialized studio is equipped with furnishings and equipment according to current industry standards with the safety of faculty and students in mind. Just as the curriculum encourages interdisciplinary approaches, the facilities are set up to encourage cross-disciplinary and collaborative practices.
The Drawing Studio is a large, flexible space furnished with work tables, easels, and drawing mules. North-facing clerestory windows, as well as an entire wall of glass on the east side, add architectural drama and fill the space with light. The studio may be easily darkened for multi-media presentations and controlled lighting for still life or figure drawing sessions. A generous balcony runs along one side of the studio providing an additional work area and inspiring views of the city. Ample wall space is available for critiques and presentations of student work.
The Painting Studio is open, airy, and bright, with a balcony serving a downtown view. The studio may be easily darkened for multi-media presentations and controlled lighting for still life or figure painting sessions. The studio is furnished with work tables and easels. Built-in features include ventilation systems, painting racks, and two wash sinks for wet media and clean up.
The Digital Studio is fully equipped to provide an iMac desktop computer station for each enrolled student. Photo and large format printers offer students the opportunity to calibrate their prints to professional standards. Various scanners and camera equipment are readily available to support operations for capturing images. The studio is also equipped with a Risograph printer for experimentation with digital projects exploring multiple editions. In addition to various film and flatbed scanners, an assortment of digital camera and lighting equipment is stocked to support image capture applications. Adjacent workspaces for lighting and film processing support controlled, studio photography shoots and intermedia experimentation. A flexible critique space enables dialogue and presentation preparation.
The Photography Studio includes facilities and resources for both analog and digital photographic processes. The darkroom contains well-maintained enlargers ranging from 35mm to 8x10 inch format and a downdraft ventilated sink. The darkroom is supplemented by an ample film developing area, light tables, UV exposure units for alternative processes, and a separate darkroom outfitted for large format film development. With immediate access to the digital lab, the print finishing area, and the critique classroom, Photography courses are designed to explore the overlap between digital and analog photographic processes. A wide range of photographic equipment is available for student use.
The facility offers a sense of place to the discipline in which I teach. It is both classroom and studio, a place for students to engage in collaborative and independent work. The stability and versatility of the studios supports student exchange that builds over time.
The 2,500-square-foot Printmaking Studio is designed to accommodate students working with intaglio, lithographic, screen printing, and relief (including Japanese-style woodblock techniques) printing processes. The studio is also equipped to support Western and Asian style papermaking as well as bookbinding applications.
The sculpture area incorporates three generously equipped studios: Clay, Plaster, and Wood. Each studio is designed to suit the specific range of applications of the discipline. The sculpture studios have ready access to a large courtyard which includes an enclosed kiln area as well as open and covered work areas.
The Clay Studio enables the production of clay sculpture from hand building and cast formed processes. The clay studio also features tall ceilings and eastern-facing glass windows. An exterior Kiln Bay houses a variety of electric kilns to serve the bisque and glaze firing needs of the courses.
The Plaster Studio is an environmentally controlled space furnishing plaster mold making processes. Molds produced in this area are used in porcelain casting applications as well as for drape and slump molds for clay.
The Wood Studio is equipped with equipment to facilitate the various applications relating to sizing, shaping, assembling, and finishing wood materials. The tooling options allow students to explore a range of additive and subtractive sculpture processes.
Professional woodworking benches provide optimum workspace. The studio features tall ceilings and eastern-facing glass windows. Students have adequate locker space to store their materials and works-in-process. Finished projects are often displayed in the common spaces of the building.
Jim and Janet Dicke Art Building
The Department of Art and Art History is located inside of the Jim and Janet Dicke Art building of the Ruth Taylor Fine Arts Center. The Building ignites a sense of student community and comradery. Spaces are composed to serve purpose, yet they are flexible enough to encourage experimentation and diversity.