Art and art history faculty, staff making plans for the McMurtry Building

McMurtry Building
The new McMurtry Building will be home to the Department of Art & Art History.

Stanford’s art and art history faculty and staff are spending the summer moving to the arts district. The McMurtry Building, the new home for the Department of Art & Art History, will welcome students the first day of the fall term and be formally dedicated Oct. 6. The Art & Architecture Library opens in early September.

The 100,000-square-foot space elegantly unites the making and studying of art under one roof, and presents multiple opportunities for exhibitions, performance and programs.

The Department of Art & Art History intends to increase course offerings in art practice by 35 percent in the new building over the next two years. Studios and classrooms are being outfitted with new equipment before the students arrive, including 3-D scanners and printers, laser-cutting technology, a CNC router and digital printmaking technology.

Art history and film studies classes will benefit from the latest high-end digital projectors in all classrooms and a 45-seat screening room.

Expanded art-making space in the new building addresses student demand. Additional spaces include a second digital media studio and a digital darkroom, a print lab, a tinker lab, a sound recording studio and larger studios overall. New storage solutions allow for multiple painting and drawing classes in each studio in a given term.

Another feature of the McMurtry Building is the Oshman Presentation Space, a 125-seat flexible interior room on the first floor that can serve as a lecture classroom with retractable seats, a performance space with acoustical walls or a presentation space for work in various media, along with a sculpture studio and dedicated screening rooms.

For more, read the entire article in Stanford Report.