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Home to Gallery 100, classrooms and printmaking facilities.
Tempe Center consists of two multi-purpose buildings populated by several Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Schools. The School of Art holds its artCore classes in Tempe Center and uses the Gallery 100 space for BFA thesis exhibitions; the center is also the new location for Pyracantha Press, the School of Art’s book arts program. The soon to be launched (Fall 2017) fashion BA will also have studios here.
The artCORE program at ASU, a nationally recognized curriculum for 100-level art instruction, is a comprehensive foundation program in the studio arts. Housed in the highly ranked Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (HIDA) in the heart of the largest public university in America, the program provides an essential foundation for creative inquiry and the basis for all studio tracks within the School of Art.
Organized around four integrated “studios”—Drawing Studio, 2D Studio, 3D Studio and Digital Studio--our courses provide a critical foundation for advanced studio-based research as well as art history and art education. The program offers 35 classes every semester—serving an average of 600 students in intimate “studios” of 15 – 20 students.
Hands-on instruction in the fundamentals of art and design are conducted in newly renovated spaces in Tempe Center under the supervision of dedicated art professionals and instructors. Students are encouraged to develop both a personal creative vocabulary and interrogate the specific conditions and nuances of their own time and place as artist/thinkers. Our approach to curriculum design combines solid instruction in studio fundamentals with inquiry-based research in a program that balances “making and meaning.”
In the spring of 2015, the School of Art’s Pyracantha Press and book arts program welcomed a major donation of pristine letterpress type and vintage hand-presses from a private Southern California collector Dr. Edward Petko. Located in Tempe Center, Suite 170, the collection is the largest of its kind for academic teaching programs in North America. Delivered in three semi-trucks, the collection includes 30,000lbs of metal type and an 1836 Columbian handpress that is visible from the storefront’s picture window. The extensive type collection is currently being inventoried and cataloged that greatly expands the capacity of creative research and student works. Suite 170 has a changing pop-up gallery window featuring student and community letterpress works and an interior display offers a sampling of Pyracantha Press publications from the past 30 years.
951 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Monday–Thursday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Friday: Noon – 3 p.m.
Closed on weekends and major holidays
Open during class times
Printmaking Facilities, Suite 170: