Ruffin Hall, the new home of the McIntire Department of Art’s studio art program, opened just a few days before classes began in the fall of 2008.
Ruffin Hall’s exterior, with its corbelled cornice and textured brick, resembles “an extremely elegant nineteenth-century factory building,” said Lawrence Goedde, professor of art history and chairman of the McIntire Department of Art.
Ruffin Hall, the New Studio Art Building
Ruffin Hall, the home for studio art, is the first entirely new facility constructed on the Arts Grounds. It enables the studio art program to meet more of the growing demand for its courses by bringing together all of its classrooms and faculty offices, previously scattered among several locations on Central Grounds. Envisioned as a “village of the arts,” Ruffin Hall features a wide range of improvements, including abundant natural light, wide hallways for exhibiting student and faculty work, the latest ventilation systems, and freight elevators for moving large objects. The building, which opened in fall of 2008, holds studios designed specifically for the teaching of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, performance art, and digital media. The final cost was $25.9 million, financed with a combination of state and private support, including a leadership gift from the Ruffin Foundation.
Ruffin Hall Naming Opportunities
Naming opportunities are available in Ruffin Hall in recognition of programmatic support for Studio Art.