The R.K. Bailey Art Studios provides a 30,000 square-foot space for an art gallery; drawing, printmaking, painting and ceramics studios; an art library; dance studio; photography laboratory and darkroom; an outdoor art workplace and sculpture display area; and several classrooms. Recent construction has added a digital fabrication lab (the Fab Lab). This lab focuses on entrepreneurs and gives the students, as well as faculty, the opportunity to turn their ideas and dreams into prototypes and products. This is all possible because of the addition of laser cutters, 3-D printers, computer numerical control (CNC) routers, large format printers, vinyl cutters and state-of-the-art computer technology in the building. In addition to this, a redesigned photography studio and darkroom has been added, as well as two new high-tech classrooms and a re-imagined printmaking studio.
The complex offers an architecturally sophisticated, technologically advanced space for accommodating growth in arts enrollment and programs at the University. The center of the building is the spacious home for the University’s Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, which exhibits the works of faculty, students and visiting professional artists from around the world.