Housed in Wardman Art Center, the Department of Art & Art History offers a number of studio spaces for student artists to hone their craft, including a Digital Lab, a Drawing & Painting Studio, a ceramics studio, a wood shop, a welding shop and printmaking facilities and presses. Wardman’s lobby gallery and, occasionally, Whittier College’s Greenleaf Gallery are used to display student work.
The art center, which was at one-time Wardman Gymnasium and home of the Poet athletics program, still retains the original basketball nets, bleachers, and scoreboard from decades ago —a truly unique, nostalgic, and creative setting for Whittier's eclectic art community.
The digital lab, which is open daily for students enrolled in digital courses, is equipped with 15 iMac 27 inch stations, flatbed and slide/film scanners and Epson color printers. All workstations have Adobe PhotoShop CS5, Lightroom 2, and a variety of other software programs. Students enrolled in digital photo courses have after hour access to the lab.
Drawing & Painting Studio
This studio features easels, tables, and other equipment for use in the development of drawings and paintings. The studio's wall of windows offers plenty of access to natural light, while the open floorplan enables majors to stake out individual workspaces.
The printmaking studio features a Takach press and is set up for non-toxic printmaking processes.
The sculpture facilities feature a full wood shop, a welding studio, a ceramics studio, a variety of firing kilns, a glaze room and several large, open work spaces.
The Greenleaf Gallery, housed in historic Mendenhall on the Whittier campus, operates a full exhibition calendar, featuring the works of regional and national contemporary artists, and offering artist lectures and opening receptions. It is also host a variety of student exhibitions.