The art making facilities at Ball State University are among the best in the nation.
Built in 2001, the Art and Journalism Building (AJ) provides more than 57,000 square feet of state-of-the-art classroom and studio space for the School of Art. AJ is now a major focal point of campus life at Ball State. The building's first floor includes an impressive dining and food court area with beautiful natural lighting, the main university bookstore (run by Barnes & Noble), and the School of Art's Atrium Gallery, a high-profile space for students, faculty, and visiting artists to display their work.
The three-dimensional studios (ceramics, metals, sculpture, wood-working) are located on the first floor in an efficient, industrial space. This provides ground-floor access for heavy objects, bronze and aluminum casting, large-scale fabrication, and an adjacent outdoor working space for sculpture and ceramics. The glass program is located across campus in the Marilyn K. Glick Center for Glass.
Art education classrooms, photography studios, art history classrooms, a visual resources center, computer labs and animation studios are located on the second floor and are grouped with faculty offices.
Visual communication studios, classrooms, offices as well as electronic art and advanced video labs are found on the third floor.
Two-dimensional art studios (printmaking, drawing, painting, 2D foundations) are on the fourth floor to optimize the natural northern light. Faculty offices are grouped directly across from the studio spaces to facilitate collaboration been students and faculty.
Near the Art and Journalism Building is the David Owsley Museum of Art. Built in 1933, it is one of the nation's largest and finest university art museums with a collection of nearly 11,000 works spanning several millennia and the breadth of human civilization worldwide.