In the mid-1960s the Department of Art’s Studio programs expanded into the former Reynolds Company Tobacco Warehouse #1 [map]. The building is an enormous asset for SA/VS, providing 53,000 square feet for classrooms and studios for Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Fiber, Installation, Performance, Video, Foundations, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking as well as the Barnhart Gallery.
Compared to many programs at other universities, the Art Studio area at UK benefits from an abundance of individual studio space. We are one of the few programs in the country that is able to provide studio space not only for faculty but for every senior BFA and graduate student, and with our move to the Bolivar Building, this tradition will be maintained.
The Reynolds building has some interesting features: a 2000 square foot wood shop, large enough to accommodate the activities of all of the classes that use it. Equipped with a wide variety of light industrial cabinet shop tools that are shared by the various disciplines. Safety is important priority for the School and all students in these classes are required to take a Woodshop Orientation each year to assure a continued safety record. The shop is only available to these students at prescribed hours under proper supervision.
The Reynolds building is also home to the School's programs in Sculpture, the Metal Arts Building is next door to the Reynolds Studio Building and is the site of the Fall and Spring Iron Pour events. This facility will remain in place during our move, but will be joined to the Bolivar building currently under rennovation.