The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design is located between Hurt Park and Woodruff Park in a vibrant downtown area. Woodruff Park is shown in the photo above.
The Welch School of Art and Design occupies six floors of the Arts and Humanities building on the GSU campus in downtown Atlanta. The gallery suite and our administrative offices welcome visitors when they enter on the street level. The building holds discipline specific and graduate studio spaces, a multi-purpose Macintosh computer lab/classroom, and a general use pc computer lab, as well as lecture facilities and the Visual Resource Center. On Edgewood Ave., one block east of the Arts and Humanities Building, the School maintains a separate sculpture facility and foundry outfited with a wide selection of power tools and equipment.
The Welch School provides media-specific digital technologies in every area of its curriculum. Wireless Internet access is available across campus. The School makes a strong investment in supplying and maintaining currency in advanced applications of digital media in lecture, studio, and classroom environments.
The School hosts two Macintosh computer lab/classrooms configured specifically for art and design applications and shared by all disciplines within the School. The Macintosh Lab in AH 211 is primarily for general student use while the Creative Media Center in AH 460 is an advanced digital multi-media computer lab with academic support resources ranging from instruction to various forms of digital output.
The Interior Design program’s IDEAS Lab (Interior Design Electronically Assisted Studio) and the Interior Design Graduate Lab are both outfitted as media-specific, CAD computer lab/classrooms. The Textile studio has dedicated hardware, software and output devices specifically for textile design and production.
Students also have access to general-use computer labs throughout the University.
Since the 1970s, the School’s gallery has presented hundreds of exhibitions, featuring not only the work of exceptional local artists, but also that of nationally and internationally renowned new media artists, architects, painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers and graphic artists. In the gallery space, visitors encounter contemporary art and design from cultures around the globe, and exhibitions of student, graduate student and faculty work. The gallery is located at 10 Peachtree Center Avenue, in the Arts and Humanities building. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visual Resource Center
The Visual Resource Center (VRC) serves as the repository and circulation point for the school’s slide and video collection and audiovisual equipment. The VRC offers access to a growing on-line image database. This facility is open to all students, faculty, and staff of Georgia State University as well as to other universities, institutions, and the community at large.