For over 100 years, the sweep of history has carried
Morehead State University and its predecessor institution, the Morehead Normal
School, from one makeshift classroom to the high-tech world of internet-based
classes and radio telescope that reaches from a campus hillside literally to
the stars. The Morehead State University Department of Art and Design continues
to be an active part of an excelling University of national and international
During the Morehead Normal School years, the Department of
Art was located in the cramped confines of the Allie Young Hall basement. In the
60’s, art faculty Naomi Claypool and Thomas Don Young began pushing for an art
building to be built across University Boulevard from Thompson Hall. With the support of President Adron
Doran, the Claypool-Young Building was completed in 1968. It was the first art building
constructed at a State University in Kentucky.
In July, 2009, as part of the re-structuring of MSU's
Academic Affairs Division, the department was renamed the Department of Art and
Design. The Department is part of
the School of the Arts within the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and
The Claypool-Young Art Building is the center of activity
for undergraduate and graduate art and design students. It houses fully
equipped art studios, multi-media classrooms, a 21-station Apple Macintosh
computer lab, and an award winning art gallery.
The Claypool-Young Art Building with its distinctive
architectural style stands out on campus. A special feature of the
Claypool-Young Building architecture are its north-facing skylights. With most
of the studios situated on the north side of the building, Morehead State
students have the advantage of working in studios with the north light so prized
by artists and designers.
Each area of the program requires special equipment and
studio space specific to the teaching of that discipline. For example the
teaching of studio art requires welding, casting and woodworking equipment,
ceramic wheels and kilns, printing presses, photo enlargers, easels, painting
storage racks, special drawing tables and much more. Graphic Design and
Computer Art require state-of-the-art computers, software programs, tablets,
scanners, printers and digital imaging equipment. Art History has a large
auditorium with the latest multi-media equipment for lectures.
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