A+D Student Handbook

Visual Arts Building

The visual arts building is your work­ing home for the duration of your studies here. The faculty and staff of the School of Art+Design make every possible effort to en­sure that the building provides the optimum working environment. It is expected that the entire community will treat the facility with the same high level of respect.

In the environmentally sensitive spirit of conservation of energy resources, please avoid unnecessary electrical consumption. Turn off lights, fans, and other electrical devices when you leave a room for the day. Consider carefully your choices and uses of art materials.


reduce, reuse, recycle. The School of Art+Design is committed to the development of EPA-compliant practices in all areas. Please cooperate fully with faculty and staff as we effect changes in the use and disposal of materials in the studio. Located prominently in each shop area or studio are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) detailing the specific nature of the materials used in that area.


Your “private” studio space is for your use to produce the work required for your studies. It should be as comfortable an environ­ment as is reasonable, given that others in the immediate vicinity are engaged in their own work. Remember – the School of Art+Design is a community. Potential health and safety issues are always of para­mount concern. No food is allowed in the studio areas. No temporary partitions may be erected, including fabric or cardboard screens. NO HOT PLATES are allowed in the private studios. All other potential fire hazards must be carefully examined. Radios or any other sound-producing equipment must be restricted to affect only your own personal space.


Many situations can compromise an individual’s personal safety. For that reason, anyone working in the building, particularly at night, is required to work with a “partner”: someone else with whom you will be in constant contact through sight or sound. Theft or vandalism of college property or anyone’s personal belongings will not be tolerated. Violations of this principle will cause immediate punitive action.


drug use


The School of Art+Design enforces the college policy. Purchase Col­lege is committed to developing and maintaining the health, stability, and well-being of everyone in the collegiate learning environment.

Notwithstanding various misconceived ideas about gratuitous chemi­cal alteration of the natural perceptive states of artists, there is no place for the abuse of any controlled substance (drugs or alcohol) in the study of the Visual Arts. Possession, use, sale, or other distribution of illegal drugs clearly violates federal, state, and local laws and is det­rimental to the individual student and to the educational process. Any violation of this policy constitutes a breach of professional conduct and will result in an immediate one-semester suspension from the School. A second offense guarantees dismissal.

No special exemption from civil or criminal law exists for members of a college community. The college expects strict adherence to the law and cooperates fully with police and other authorities in the prosecu­tion of offenders.


This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free facility. Under no circumstances are alcoholic beverages permitted in the Visual Arts Building. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Building (not even in the airlocks between doorways).


Violation of these policies will be perceived as a breach of professional conduct and will result in an immediate one-semester suspension from school. A second offense results in dismissal.



Shops and Labs

                                                                  Room                     Phone

Audio Lab                                                 2012                       6779

Computer Cluster A                             1018A                    6144

Computer Cluster B                             1018B                     6794

Computer Cluster C                             1018C                     6145

Digital Photo Lab 1                                 0012                       6518

Digital Photo Lab 2                               0027                       6158

Digital Printmaking                              2010                  6771

Letterpress                                              0010                       ---

Metal Shop                                              1031                       4675

Offset                                                        0009                       6761

Photo Lab                                                 0022                       6764

Printmaking                                            1009                       4676

Video Lab                                                 2011                       6766

Woodshop                                               1029                       6763

X-Lab                                                          1057                       7916



Building Hours


Fall and Spring Semesters:

7 days per week 24 hours



Semester Breaks (Summer, Winter, Spring):

Monday-Friday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday, Sunday & Holidays CLOSED


Shops and labs in the VA Building are available for use only in the presence of monitors approved by A+D technicians. Hours of avail­ability for each of these spaces are posted outside the space itself and may vary from semester to semester. Only currently enrolled Art+Design students who have successfully completed the proper training program are allowed to work in any of the A+D shops or labs.  Check the directory for room locations and phone numbers.



Twenty-four-hour access is a privilege, not a right.



Health & Safety


When dealing with injury, prevention is paramount. All those using heavy equipment, sharp instruments or potentially dan­gerous tools will be properly trained in safety measures in order to remain alert, unimpaired, and capable of using such tools and equip­ment safely.

In the case of any accident (and they do happen) involving blood, vomit, or any other bodily fluid, all members of the community will observe the proper procedures for aid to accident victims and tech­niques for cleaning up.

An individual must be responsible for his or her own safety – yet the accountability for reducing the risk of transmission of harmful agents is shared by everyone. Sometimes a person with a minor injury can help him- or herself; otherwise, somebody else must take the time to perform the actions described here:


Protocol for cleaning:

1. To avoid breathing harmful fumes, make sure the area is properly ventilated.

2. Put on gloves and goggles.

3. Use kitty litter or a similar substance to absorb pools of fluid. Use a dust-pan to collect waste and deposit it in a plastic bag. Seal and discard the bag in the appropriate trash receptacle.

4. Mix a solution of one part chlorine bleach to ten parts water. Pour it over the contaminated area and wipe clean. Wipe surrounding surfaces with toweling and chlorine solution, taking care not to splash. If bleach makes direct contact with skin, rinse carefully with water; with eyes or other mucous membranes, rinse for 15 minutes.

5. Clean sink with bleach solution if necessary.

6. Grasp each glove at the wrist, turn the border so the inside shows, and pull towards your fingers so the glove turns inside out as you take it off. Discard gloves in the proper receptacle.


Protocol for helping:

1. Put latex gloves on both hands.

2. If possible, allow the injured party to wash the wound. Find clean materials such as gauze, paper toweling, or sanitary napkins, and allow him or her to use them to apply pressure to the affected area. Proceed to the Health Center.

3. If the victim is unable to help him/herself, apply pressure with absorbent material and call ext. 6911 for help (remember 6-911).

4. If a sink is used to rinse or wash wounds, protective eyewear should be worn to protect against contamination from splashes.


For our health and safety, the following materials may not be used anywhere within the building:


• perishable or decaying material;

• live animals;

• bodily fluids or parts;

• objects or materials of a potentially hazardous nature, including but not limited to petroleum derivatives, out-gassing plastic, and chemical solvents.



Exhibition Opportunities


Purchase offers many locations for the exhibition of student artwork, not only dedicated venues inside the VA Building, but also indoor and outdoor spaces about the campus. Each building on campus has its own protocol. The School encourages students to display their work and mandates that they observe the letter and the spirit of the rules for each place of exhibition. If you are planning an exhibition in Visual Arts, note well the following regulations which apply to all areas of the building:


1. You must obtain permission from the individual(s) respon­sible for overseeing the area in which you wish to exhibit.

2. Openings and receptions are gladly permitted, and food and music will surely be part of those celebrations. Imme­diate cleanup after such events is the duty of the artist. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed at any time, for any reason, anywhere in the visual arts building!

3. No part of the building may be disturbed or altered in the exhibition of artwork. Such modifications include, but are not limited to, the repainting of doors, walls, ceilings, floors; removal of doors; removal (even temporary) of ceil­ing tiles; and appendage of any object from the dropped ceiling suspension grid.

4. When hanging your work, please use hardware of the ap­propriate size and type. No adhesive (this includes tape or glue of any kind) may be used on any painted surface within the VA building. (Tape causes far more damage to a wall than does a properly-sized nail.) Absolutely nothing may be installed in a stairwell or restroom.


Many venues are available to you and your work. If you wish to exhibit in these places, contact their supervisors (listed below) for authorization to do so.


Art+Design Building Manager

The Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery

Gallery 1019A

Outdoor space adjacent to the VA Building


Sculpture Board of Study Head 

Installation rooms (Rms. 0028 & 1019B)


Appropriate BoS Head & A+D Building Manager

Public hallway spaces

Hallway display cases


Director/Chair of Division & A+D Director

Other buildings on campus


Eric Wildrick

Any other campus area or outdoor space


It is always the student’s responsibility to secure permission and instructions for displaying his/her artwork.



Postcards, Posters and

Promotional Material Guidelines


Postcards, posters and any form of promotional materials that will be used to announce any Art+Design student shows, exhibitions or events taking place on Purchase College campus must adhere to the basic guidelines listed below. All materials must also be approved prior to print­ing or sending to a print company by the Communications, Events, and Special Projects Manager in the Director’s Office. (Visual Arts Bldg. Room 2001) All posters, postcards and promotional materials must contain the following information, for general instructions about layout guidelines for mailing please visit the office:


1. Purchase College Logo (Digital file available)


2. School of Art+Design,

    School of the Arts

    735 Anderson Hill Road

    Purchase, NY 10577

    www.purchase.edu/art+design   (Use this address block as the return address)


3. Title of Event/Show


4. Event Day & time (Must include year)


5. Event Location & Room Number


6. Artist Name(s)


Additional Visual Arts Building Information


Fire Evacuation

Upon discovering an fire,

1. Activate the nearest fire alarm.

2. Evacuate the building using the nearest accessible exit. Tell others to evacuate. Use stairways, not elevator. Do not stop for personal belongings. Close all doors behind you as you leave.

3. From a safe location, call 6911 (Police Emergency) with the build­ing location, the location of the fire, and your name



Graffiti is a form of vandalism and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Its removal represents a significant cost to the com­munity and results in higher tuition and fees to the students. Since the Visual Arts Building is the working environment for students, staff, and faculty, everyone should strive to keep the building looking good. This is an art building, after all. Only the Building Manager may authorize the alteration (by paint or other medium) of, or adherence of any projects to, any area of the Visual Arts Building.



Shared locker space is available at the start of each academic year. Students may sign-up for lockers in the Art+Design Office. After the deadline posted in the sign-up book, the locks will be cut and contents removed from any lockers not properly registered.


Bulletin Boards

The A+D Office regulates the posting of material in the Visual Arts Building. No notices are to be posted on doors, windows, or walls. Current events and timely announcements are posted by the A+D Office; students should check their Purchase College e-mail account regularly to stay informed of program activities and requirements.


Other Concerns

During regular business hours, building-related concerns, such as problems with water, temperature, plumbing, elevators, etc. should be reported to the Building Manager at 251-7885. Outside regular busi­ness hours, Campus Police can be reached on 251-6900.