Department of Art

overview of Kiehle on the Mississippi River

Kiehle Visual Arts Center

The Kiehle Visual Arts Center (KVAC) overlooks the Mississippi River on the eastern edge of campus. The three-story building houses a comprehensive range of spaces and tools for the making and studying of art. KVAC hosts:

  • All department classes
  • Four computer labs
  • Painting and drawing studios
  • A large printmaking studio
  • Sculpture and ceramics studios
  • Photography facilities and printers
  • An auditorium
  • A woodshop
  • Advanced student studios
  • Art galleries
  • Faculty offices
  • A large deck with stunning views of the Mississippi River

Basement Level

Houses critique spaces, an auditorium, student gallery wired for time-based work, audio/video equipment checkout including DSLR cameras, Wacom tablets, lighting and audio equipment, a woodshop with hundreds of tools, a metal shop and foundry, a ceramics area with 20 throwing wheels, glaze room and 8 kilns.

Main Level

Houses the art office, a professional gallery with new exhibitions curated every semester, art education classroom and lab, graphic design classroom and critique spaces, a student lounge, a digital lab complex with 75 Apple work stations including four Epson inkjet printers and video editing stations, a print trimming area and critique spaces within 3 classrooms.

Top Level

Houses the printmaking studio which includes seven presses, silk screening, a darkroom, common work areas and a critique space, painting and drawing studios and classrooms, a traditional photography darkroom with film developing area and common work area and an experimental gallery space for student projects.

Faculty offices and individual student studios can be found throughout the building. In addition to the KVAC facilities, students in the Department of Art maintain Gallery Vault, a student-run gallery on Saint Germain Street in downtown St. Cloud.