October 17, 2019

Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts presents Open Studios

Juniors and seniors in the Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will open their studios to share and discuss their works-in-progress on Wednesday, November 13, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The evening of open studios will feature work by students in a wide range of media including photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, and film. The student artists, from the classes of 2020 and 2021, will be present to discuss their work. 

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A visual arts student discusses her work with a guest during a past Open Studios event. Photo by Tiffany Richardson

“This is an opportunity for the entire Princeton community to see art in the process of being made in the spaces where visual arts students make it,” notes Joe Scanlan, Professor of Visual Arts, who is working with the students on the event. “The Princeton visual arts studios are a profound experience, one that resonates with students long after they complete their thesis shows. It’s not to be missed.”

The open studios event will begin at 4:30 p.m. with junior studios on the fourth floor and will continue at 5:15 p.m. with the senior studios on the second floor. 

Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

The Program in Visual Arts at the University offers courses in painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, sculpture, film and video production. These studio courses emphasize direct, hands-on art making under the guidance of practicing visual artists. In order to develop their work, students are also given access to state-of-the-art technical, analog, and digital labs, including a fully functional letterpress studio. With the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex in 2017 and the move of the Programs in Dance, Theater, Music Theater and the Princeton Atelier from 185 Nassau Street to new spaces there, the Program in Visual Arts has been expanding into recently vacated spaces at 185 Nassau Street, including adding more studios for classes, specialized studios, and exhibition spaces.

Junior and senior students pursuing a major or certificate in visual arts have 24/7 access to shared studio loft spaces and semi-private studios, an unusual resource in an undergraduate visual arts program. Throughout the year, their work is exhibited in the Lucas Gallery, the Hagan Studio, the Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Arts complex, and screened in the recently renovated James Stewart Film Theater, as well in other traditional and non-traditional venues on campus.

To learn more about the Program in Visual Arts and the more than 100 performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts and lectures offered each year at the Lewis Center, most of them free, visit

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