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The 45,000 square-foot Hanes Art Center includes a 300-seat auditorium; lecture classrooms; studio classrooms; photography, printmaking, painting, and electronic media studios; an installation room, a critique room, and faculty and graduate student studios. Artworks are exhibited in the Allcott Gallery and other exhibition spaces. The building also houses the Sloane Art Library and the Visual Resources Library.

All departmental students have access to the collections of UNC’s Joseph Curtis Sloane Art Library, located within the Hanes Art Center. These extensive collections are supplemented by the holdings of both the Duke University and North Carolina State University libraries, with which UNC students enjoy full reciprocal borrowing privileges. For more, please visit our website.

Location: 214 Hanes Art Center
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00

Contact Information:
JJ Bauer, Visual Resources Curator

The department’s Visual Resources Library houses a teaching collection of more than 230,000 slides, 60,000 digital images, as well as flatbed, oversize, and film/slide scanners and computers with specialized image-processing software such as Photoshop, Gigipan Stitch, and Agisoft Photoscan. The facility is entirely funded by the Department, and its primary purpose is to serve the teaching needs of departmental faculty. Undergraduates and graduate students are permitted to use collection materials, equipment and software for some projects, and others may use the collection with the permission of the Visual Resources Curator. Because there are many patrons of the collection, the guidelines that follow have been established specifically to serve and protect the needs of our teaching faculty in the department.

VRL Policies

New Acquisitions Form

The Visual Resources Library’s extensive digital collections, 60,000 images and growing, can be found as part of the UNC hosted collections on ARTstor, located at The VRL offers additional training and support for using ARTstor in the classroom and in research. Please contact the Visual Resources Curator for further assistance with utilizing ARTstor.

Location: 108 Airport Drive
Contact: Patrick Day, Art Lab Manager

The 17,686-square foot Art Lab is located 1.8 miles north of the Hanes Art Center and houses the majority of the department’s sculpture facilities, including a fully-equipped tool room and complete metalworking, woodworking, and ceramic shops with both electric and pneumatic capabilities. Equipment and space also provide students with opportunities to work in other processes including, but not limited to, resins, fiberglass, stone, plaster, rubber, wax, and neon. Graduate student and faculty studios at the Art Lab range in size from 280 to 656 square feet. The facility also includes a 615-square foot “clean room” for photographing and displaying artwork, a spray paint room, a critique room, a tool room, and a 1,962- square foot dock.

The Art Lab houses six graduate-student studios, each of which is 480- to 580-square feet. Students are assigned to studios based on the space requirements of their work and class standing (second-year students generally having priority over first-year students). Two of the MFA studios are located within the metal shop, one is in the ceramics studio, and the other three are in the main hallway. There are also six faculty studios in the Art Lab, as well as a private studio for the visiting Artist-in- Residence. All studios are heated, and those on the north side of the building are air-conditioned.

Access to the facility will be scheduled by all patrons during the pandemic using the Art Lab by signing up on the Bookings calendar which you can find on your University Outlook email account. Here is the link also: We will be limiting access to two individuals working at any one time in each shop and only one in the spray booth. Pat will receive an email from Bookings that tells me you have scheduled times to use the shop, in that email you should note if it is his regularly scheduled hours and will he be available for this, 9am -12pm and 1pm-5pm , Monday-Friday. Pat will act as your “buddy” when he has no conflicts when you are working during his shift and we will confirm this by email. If it is after hours you will need to notate who will be your “buddy’ and include them, Cc, in a separate email directly to Pat stating what shop and the hours you have signed up for. The reason for this is only one person can sign up for a block of time and no one can use power tools alone, so in the event of afterhours working we’ll try this system.

Tool Room
The tool room is the hub for all activities in the Art Lab. This room is centrally located between the wood and metal shops and houses all hand-held equipment, safety gear, and miscellaneous hardware for all shops. The tool room also houses a computer for research and communication available to students whenever the tool room is open.

The main ceramic studio is 1,181-square feet with a maximum ceiling height of 22 feet. This area houses the glazing chemicals, scales, mixing, and other equipment. Adjacent to the main studio are a 192-square foot glaze-mixing room and two 186-square foot rooms used for mixing clay bodies, slip molding, and other ceramic-related needs. Storage is available in thirty-six 21″ x 21″ storage cubbies within the studio and in the cage outside.

Metal Shop
The 1,212-square foot metal shop has 22-foot ceilings, four movable “elephant nose” ventilation hoses, and a roof- mounted exhaust system for removal of toxic fumes. The facility also houses two permanent welding areas, a brazing area, and several tables for laying out. It is adjacent to the dock, where students can access a forging/ fabrication area.

Wood Shop
The spacious wood shop facility covers 1,383-square feet and has a 22-foot ceiling. Ventilation is provided through a roof-mounted exhaust fan and dust-collection hoses connected to other equipment. There are three 8′ x 3′ wood-working tables with vises, two racks, and eight shelves.

  • three 4-inch angle grinders
  • two 7-inch angle grinders
  • two pneumatic die grinders
  • one pneumatic disk cutter
  • hand-held power shears
  • one portable band saw
  • one handheld power nibbler
  • three 1/4-inch sheet finishing sanders
  • one 3″ x 21″ belt sander
  • one 4″ x 24″ belt sander
  • one 1-inch belt sander
  • one plunge router
  • one power planer
  • two jig saws
  • one 6-inch power saw
  • one 7-inch 1/4-horsepower power saw
  • two pneumatic staplers
  • one pneumatic orbital sander
  • one pneumatic pinner gun

Location: 113D Art Lab
Contact: Yun-Dong Nam
113D Art Lab

  • three gas-fired kilns (large, medium, small)
  • two L&L electric kilns
  • one electric test kiln
  • two new cone ten high-heat da Vinci electric kilns
  • one Randall clay mixer
  • two Peter Pugger vacuum pugmill
  • one ball mill
  • one Bailey extruder
  • ten potter’s wheels
  • portable air purification unit
  • a variety of glazes and oxides
  • four AC/DC arc welding machines
  • one AC arc welding machine
  • two Millermatic 250-mig welding machines
  • one Miller Econo-tig welder
  • one Miller Syncwave tig welder
  • two oxy/acetylene torches w/ cutting, brazing, and heating (rose bud) tips
  • one Thermal Arc Pak 5XR plasma cutter (capacity of 1/2″-thick steel)
  • one OTC plasma cutter (capacity of 3/4-inch)
  • five 6′ x 7′ portable welding screens
  • one portable air purification unit
  • 3-foot metal brake (capacity of 16-gauge, 1/16-inch)
  • 8-foot metal brake (capacity of 16-gauge, 1/16-inch)
  • 4-foot sheer (capacity of 16-gauge, 1/16-inch)
  • 4-foot slip roller (capacity of 16-gauge, 1/16-inch)
  • 130-inch Ellis horizontal band saw
  • one Grob vertical band saw
  • 14-inch Makita chop saw w/ cutting bench
  • 1/3-horsepower bench grinder with wire wheel
  • 1/2-horsepower bench grinder with polishing wheels
  • 1-horsepower bench grinder with 10-inch stone
  • 1-foot belt sander
  • rod shear (capacity of 3/8-inch thickness)
  • plate shear (capacity of 1/4″ thickness x 5″ width)
  • beverly shear
  • two air regulators w/ 50′ hose for pneumatic equipment
  • sand-blast unit
  • a coal-fired forge
  • a one-ton hoist
  • one metal-working anvil
  • four adjustable stands
  • five types of vise grips
  • one conveyer roller table
  • one 6′ x 3′ layout table on wheels
  • one 4′ x 8′ stationary layout table
  • one 5′ x 5′ acorn table for fabrication
  • one 20′ rack for metal storage
  • Delta DJ20 jointer (special supervision required)
  • Rockwell 18-inch planer (special supervision required)
  • Grizzly 20-inch band saw
  • three 14-inch Jet band saws
  • Delta Rockwell 1/3 horsepower scroll saw
  • Sawstop 10-inch table saw
  • panel saw for ripping 4′ x 8′ sheets of plywood
  • two Dewalt 14-inch compound miter saws
  • Woodtek lathe (special supervision required)
  • Grizzly1725 rpm drill press
  • Kreig stationary router (router located in tool room)
  • Crouch 10-foot belt sander
  • Jet 10-inch disc sander
  • air regulators with 50-foot hose (for pneumatic equipment)

Location: 219 & 226 Hanes Art Center
Contact: Mario Marzan

Lien Truong

The spacious, modern painting and drawing facilities at UNC- CH include two large drawing studios and two large painting studios located on the second floor of the Hanes Art Center. The drawing and painting labs are open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to undergraduate students currently enrolled in the labs’ courses. All four studios are illuminated by floor-to-ceiling north light, plus three artificial lighting systems: spotlights, fluorescent banks, and recessed cone lighting. The facility also includes a model changing room, a spray room, an extensive still life collection, and ample storage for student work. The studios are equipped with central heating and air conditioning, making them comfortable to work in day and night, throughout the year. Students can access the facility 24 hours/day, 7 days/week using their UNC ID card and additional security measures ensure students’ safety if they choose to work in the evenings or on weekends.

Lien Truong Painting Class Fall 2019




Location: 225, 305, 315 & 316 Hanes Art Center
Contact: elin o’Hara slavick

The state-of-the-art photography facilities at UNC-CH include every tool for color and black and white wet photography. Located on the third floor of the Hanes Art Center, the photography lab includes two large black and white darkrooms. The second floor has a 300 square-foot lighting-shooting studio with hot lights and backdrops. The photography lab is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to undergraduates enrolled in print courses and to all graduate students who have gone through an orientation to the facility.* Graduate students have access to a black and white and color mural room.

*Not available during scheduled class times.

Students working in the photography lab have access to several medium-format cameras, and three 4″ x 5″ cameras. The facilities house an 8″ x 10″ color mural enlarger and eleven 4″ x 5″ enlargers (color and black & white).

Location: 305 and 316 Hanes Art Center
Contact: Mark Soderstrom

Located on the third floor of the Hanes Art Center, the photography lab includes two large black and white darkrooms. The photography lab is ONLY open to undergraduates enrolled in print courses and to all Department graduate students who have gone through an orientation to the facility.*

Lab Rules & Procedures

Darkroom Use and Cleanup Guide

*Not available during scheduled class times.

225 Hanes Art Center
Contact: Mark Soderstrom

For “cage” equipment borrowing, please contact Joy Drury Cox at

Room 225 is available for use by Department undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who wish to utilize lights, backdrops, and other specialized photographic equipment for the shooting of two-dimensional images as well as images for creating photogrammetric 3D models. The studio provides lights, an umbrella, backdrops, a rotating shooting platform for small objects, and some small shooting accessories (shutter cables, light meters, etc.). Anyone using the studio should provide their own cameras and tripods, or borrow that equipment (if eligible as a student of Department courses) from the equipment “cage” in 112 Hanes Art Center.

To be approved for use of the shooting studio, please contact Gesche Wuerfel at the above email. Prior to your approval, read all of the following studio policies: Lighting Studio Policies

Location: 301 Hanes Art Center (John C. Henry Print Studio)
Contact: Beth Grabowski
306 Hanes Art Center


Mark Soderstrom
315 Hanes Art Center

The John C. Henry Print Studio at UNC-Chapel Hill is located on the third floor of the Hanes Art Center building. The lab is wonderfully spacious, with 3325-square feet of open lab space a specialty darkroom, acid room, and storage areas. With a 133-foot north-facing wall of glass overlooking the rooftops of Chapel Hill, the print shop is one of “the best rooms in the house” providing ambient workspace for a variety of printmaking processes. The print lab is open 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to undergraduates enrolled in print courses and to all graduate students who have gone through an orientation to the facility.

As a dimension of the UNC-CH M.F.A. program, the print lab supports work in all traditional and many experimental and new-technology print processes, including intaglio (etching and engraving), relief (wood and linoleum), lithography (stone, plate and waterless), silkscreen, collagraph, photo processes including photo collagraph, photo lithograph, photo intaglio, Toray, and solar plates.

In addition to the facilities within the print lab itself, graduate students have access to a small wood shop in the basement of the Hanes Art center for cutting and shaping boards for relief work. The Digital Lab is also accessible to graduate students for developing digital transparencies and elements to use in print. The nearby Beasley Multimedia Center in the Johnson Center for Academic Excellence allows less digitally- experienced students to work in a staffed environment with the most current technology available.

M.F.A. students with a printmaking emphasis typically have studios at the Hanes Art Center. The studios are private or semi-private spaces ranging from 150- to 200-square feet. All UNC Department facilities (photography, digital, sculpture-wood and metal, and ceramics) are open to graduate students with proper orientation. Undergraduate printmaking courses are taught by print faculty in intaglio, relief, silkscreen, and lithography, with rotating special topics classes in photo-printmaking, book arts, and monoprint, as well as conceptually-organized courses in topics such as narrative structures. All students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities for interdisciplinary activities offered by the Department and other UNC-CH departments.

  • French tool intaglio press (30″ x 72″ pressbed)
  • Charles Brand intaglio press (25″ x 36″ pressbed)
  • Albion standing relief press
  • large aquatint box (up to 24″ x 36″ plate capacity)
  • plate guillotine
  • assorted rollers for relief work (20″ x 6″ up to half-sheet)
  • assorted small hand brayers (from 1/4″ to 8″)
  • specialty tools for checkout
  • individual toolkits available to rent
  • acid room: separately ventilated and enclosed; supports etching of copper and zinc; positive exhaust ventilation
  • Charles Brand litho press (36″ x 60″ pressbed)
  • Charles Brand litho press (30″ x 60″ pressbed)
  • Fuchs and Lang litho press (24″ x 36″ pressbed)
  • litho rollers (leather, composite, and grabbit)
  • assortment of 20 stones ranging from 8″ x 10″ to 24″ x 36″ (most are 18″ x 24″ or larger)
  • 10 36″ x 40″ aluminum frames (220 mesh)
  • variety of smaller wooden frames
  • 1 large frame and table (3.5′ x 4′) for 36″ x 45″ frame
  • 10 tables with clamps for regular-size frames
  • polylight vacuum table for exposing photosensitive printmaking materials up to 30″ x 40″
  • sewing frame
  • toolkits for hand bookbinding
  • two iron bookbinding presses
  • two Vandercook SP15 motorized letterpresses
  • small Challenge platen press
  • small proof press for letterpress
  • 44 drawers of lead type
  • two fonts of 1″ and 1-1/2 ” wood type
  • UNC-CH supports wireless technology throughout the campus for individual laptop work.
  • print lab has a dedicated PC and laser printer for generating plastic and paper lithographic matrices
  • Macintosh-based departmental Digital Imaging Lab available to students with appropriate orientation or permission
  • ventilation stations for aerosol sprays and aromatic solvents
  • rag service
  • flat file and small locker storage

All Department studio faculty have individual studios either in the Hanes Art Center or the Art Lab. These studios are side by side with MFA studios, creating an intensely creative, productive, and friendly environment.

The Department maintains a commitment to providing space for graduate students to pursue work in all media. Thus, each student of the MFA program enjoys the use of a private or semi-private studio located in the Hanes Art Center on the main campus or at the Art Lab, located approximately one mile north of campus. Graduate students have 24-hour access to both facilities.