Public Showcase for Your Work
Perkinson Art Gallery
Perkinson Gallery, located within Millikin University's Kirkland Fine Arts Center, is a premiere venue for the exhibition of visual art and cultural events in central Illinois. Perkinson Gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions that focus on work by professional artists from Illinois and the Midwest, in addition to work by artists with national recognition. Artists who have exhibited in Perkinson Gallery include: Mille Guldbeck, Hester Simpson, John Mendelsohn, Michael Dubina, Bettye Saar, John Fraser, Frances Hynes, Lynne Cohen, Anita Jung, Michael Onken, Harold Boyd, David Bower, Todd DeVries, and Ray George, among others. The gallery has 2,000 square feet of floor space, with 132 linear feet of wall space. Perkinson Gallery also hosts annual student and faculty exhibitions. Patrons may view the displayed work daily Mon-Fri 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Studio Gallery is located in Kirkland Fine Arts Center, between the Painting and Printmaking studios. It is a multi-functional gallery space used for impromptu art class critiques, student senior exhibits, and formal juried exhibits by visiting artists. The gallery is available for viewing anytime that Kirkland Fine Arts Center is open (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and during Kirkland performances.
The Lower Gallery is located in Kirkland Fine Arts Center across from the Perkinson Gallery. This gallery is used primarily for specialty exhibits developed by Art Department faculty with the assistance of art students. Examples of exhibits might include visiting artists, items from the university permanent collections, and senior art student exhibits. The gallery is available for viewing anytime that Kirkland Fine Arts Center is open (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and during Kirkland performances.
24 Hour Access to Great Work Spaces
Our students have the privilege of working in several top-notch workspaces across campus.
The ceramics lab contains four electric wheels, seven kick-wheels, four electric kilns, one standard high-fire kiln, a salt-kiln, a raku kiln, and an experimental kiln. There are lockers, two clay mixers, areas and chemicals for making glazes, and senior studio spaces.
One room accommodates development of black and white negatives. The darkroom in Kirkland's basement is used for printing black and white images. There are six enlargers, and one enlarger for 4x5 inch negatives. There is equipment for 4x5 shooting, development, and processing. The Imaging Studio contains multiple light, prop, and backdrop setups to accommodate indoor portrait or still life photo shoots. Various archival processes are also available.
The Design Room
Includes work tables, lockers for storage, resources for beginning design students. This space is a multi-purpose work room allowing for creativity and freedom of expression.
The studio includes various assorted props for drawing sitting and standing drawing horses, senior studio space, and cabinets and lockers for student supplies.
Media Arts Center (M.A.C.)
The lab is equipped with Macintosh computers, scanners and printers. The lab is configured with Adobe Professional Suite of applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.
Each student is given an easel, pallet, and a table in a work space. There are lockers for student supplies and a big cabinet for paintings and supplies. Advanced students receive a larger studio space.
This studio includes two etching presses and a variety of printmaking tools and material. The emphasis in printmaking is on monotype, collagraph, drypoint, relief, and etching as well as exploration of other printmaking and drawing techniques.
Students have the opportunity to use the various welding equipment: acetylene gas and arc welders, along with grinders, drill press, and cutting torch. For woodworking and other sculpture needs a drill press, table saw, chop saw, radial-arm saw, band saw, stomp shear, and various hand tools are available.