School of Art and Design
Summer Session

Summer School (for credit) Courses
Learn about the exciting 2017 Summer School (for credit) courses offered in the School of Art and Design. Classes are being offered on-campus and on-line. Registration will be accepted until the courses fill; register now so you don’t miss out!

Summer Workshops

It’s going to be a great summer at Alfred University! Join us for one or more of our exciting Summer Workshops. For the first time ever we are offering workshops in Ceramics, Digital, and Glass! Come see what everyone is talking about this summer at Alfred University!

These workshops are open to professionals and non-professionals at all levels.

Registration is open! All workshops will be filled on a first come basis until the participant maximum is met. Once the class limit is reached, a waiting list will be kept.

Contact Information:
Email Summer Ceramics
Email Summer Glass
Email Summer Digital
Phone: 607.871.2413
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School of Art and Design Summer Ceramic Workshops
1-Week Workshop with Bill Carty (June 19 – 23, 2017)
4-Week Residency with John Gill and In-Chin Lee (June 26 – July 21, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Christina West (June 26 – July 7, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Alwyn O'Brien (June 26 – July 7, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Bruce Cochrane (July 10 - 21, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Sunshine Cobb (July 10 - 21, 2017)
2-Week Workshop with Matt Katz (July 10 – July 21, 2017)

Digital Workshops
4-Week Comprehensive (Sound-Video-Print) Workshop (June 26 – 21, 2017)

1-Week Experimental Print Workshop with William Contino (June 26 - 30, 2017)
1-Week Sound Workshop with Andrew Deutsch (July 3 - 7, 2017)
1-Week Video Workshop with Rebekkah Palov (July 10 - 14, 2017)
1-Week Print Workshop with William Contino (July 17 – 21, 2017)

Glass Workshop
2-Week Glass Workshop with Angus Powers (July 10 - 21, 2017)

The Alfred Raku Extravaganza (free, community event)
This ceramic firing event is a celebration of acknowledgement held on the closing day of the MostArts Music Festival, Saturday July 15th, 11 am - 2 pm at the "Hairpin Turn" (above Miller Theater) on the Alfred University campus.

On this day we acknowledge our community and the landscape of our glorious Alfred Summer as well as the bond that visual art and music share in giving life to the hopeful human spirit. Pots are made to be given away to be glazed for the fire by all who attend the event. Participants leave with their own, personally decorated work as a reminder of collective communication as positive action in the world.

Raku is a Japanese term associated with the Extravaganza's unique, ceramic firing process. It translates as - enjoyment.

Wayne Higby

Alfred University is a residential, student-centered, vibrant living/learning community located on a beautiful 232 acre campus with more than 50 academic and residential buildings plus another 400 acres of nearby recreational land.

Ceramic Art Facilities
The ceramics facilities include over 36,000 square feet of interior space as well as outdoor space devoted to various aspects of ceramic fabrication and technology. The extensive indoor kiln room has over 10 gas and 20 electric kilns which include wood, salt, soda, and raku kilns. The new 3D Digital Fabrication Lab offers cutting-edge exploration of new technologies in ceramics. Other facilities include a plaster lab, spray booth, extruders, slab rollers, and a variety of types of potter’s wheels. The raw materials lab is supplied with over 100 materials and the glaze application room is stocked with a selection of glazes for each workshop.

Expanded Media Facilities
The area of Print Media is supported by a state of the art, digital and traditional print facility that provides students with an extensive opportunity to participate in the exploration of the most current print technologies including several wide format digital printers, a computer networked image setter for color separations, and hand and offset lithographic presses. Recent additions include laser engraving and a host of digital printers that offer endless possibilities of exploration and expression.

Sculpture and Dimensional Studies Facilities
The Glass Blowing Studio at Alfred University’s School of Art and Design is a state of the art facility built in 2012; the equipment was also updated in 2012 with Wet Dog Glass LLC. furnaces and accessory equipment. The Studio allows for teams of glass blowers to work at three separate stations. Each station is fully fitted with all tooling and torching capacities. The Studio was designed to facilitate the smallest most intricate projects all the way through the largest and most monumental of projects. A glass cutting and polishing studio allows for further assemblage and cold construction methods outside of the hot working areas.

On-Campus Museums and Galleries
Alfred Ceramic Art Museum: Core Sample: Additional Findings
April 6 - July 17, 2017

Cohen Gallery: William Underhill: Circle and Square
April 15-August 4, 2017

Robert C. Turner Gallery: Class of 2021 Show
Summer dates: TBD

Fosdick Nelson Gallery
Closed during the summer months.

Campus map, directions and travel suggestions

Airport Shuttle
Shuttle Service is available for those traveling to/from the (ROC) Rochester, NY airport.

An airport shuttle will depart at approximately 4 pm on the following Sundays: June 19th, June 25th, July 2nd, July 9th and July 16th; the trip to campus takes approximately 90 minutes.

A return shuttle will leave campus on Saturday June 24th, July 8th, July 15th, and July 22nd at 9 am (arriving to the airport at approximately 10:30 am). Please plan your arrival and departure times accordingly.

Advance registration is required, Late requests may not be accommodated. Email Summer Ceramics.

Ample parking is available in student and faculty lots during the summer. No parking passes are required.

Alfred, NY is accessible for day trips to and from Niagara Falls (2 hours), Corning Museum of Glass (1 hour), Finger Lakes Wineries (30+ minutes), and Rochester area attractions (1+ hour).

Participants spend most of their time in the studio or attending lectures and demonstrations. Other summer activities include Carillon and Village Band concerts, local Farmers Markets, hiking, swimming, and visiting the shops in downtown Alfred. See Living In Alfred for area events and attractions in the summer. If you are interested in finding out about services available locally such as banks, grocery stores, storage facilities, child care, etc. please visit the area services webpage.

July 9-15, 2017. The MostArts Festival will celebrate the glorious mid-summer days of Alfred, New York by offering the Alfred University community the brilliance of timeless classical music. The Festival is committed to enriching the cultural, economic, and educational potential of the Alfred community by inviting internationally renowned musicians to the region to share their passion for music and to engage in the broader dialogue between music and the vibrant world of Alfred art.

Refund Policy
Full refunds, less a $50 fee, for any of our 2, 3, or 4 week workshops or studios must be received, in writing, by May 26, 2017. No partial refunds will be given to those who arrive late or leave early. Refunds take up to four weeks to process.

Materials Fee
Each Workshop/Studio has an upfront materials fee. For all Ceramic Workshops, this includes 50 lbs. of clay (one box) and materials for firing the kilns. Additional boxed clay is available for individual purchase in the Grinding Room.

Ceramic Workshop Tools
All participants are encouraged to bring their own tools. Our studios do not provide brushes, banding wheel, bats, rolling pins and other small tools. Tools are available for purchase from the School’s Grinding Room, the University Bookstore, and Tinkertown – our local hardware store. Please inquire if you are unsure if you should bring a tool, or if the studio is equipped with it. Email Summer Ceramics.

Alfred University Bookstore
Located on the main floor of the Powell Campus Center in the center of the campus, the Bookstore carries a wide range of art supplies, tools, and materials.

Meals are available to purchase on a walk-in basis in Ade dining hall. Full Meal Plan: $26.50 (three meals/day/person) or Modified Meal Plan: $21.50 (two meals/day/person), or at restaurants in the Village of Alfred. There are a variety of restaurants within both walking and distance of campus. University Apartments and Suites are equipped with an apartment size refrigerator, stove and microwave for those staying on campus.

Smoking Policy
All University buildings are smoke-free.

Animal Policy
Animals are not allowed in any University building unless trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability.

100% network-wired, with wireless zones in selected locations.

Visit the library web pages for complete information and summer hours.
    • Herrick Memorial Library

    • Scholes Library of Ceramics

Health Care Services
The AU Health Service is closed during the summer. Emergency Care (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) nearby options include:

St. James Mercy Hospital, 411 Canisteo St., Hornell, NY 14843, Phone: 607.324.8000

Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main, Wellsville, NY 14895, Phone: 585.593.1100

It’s warm and sunny most of the time with typical daytime highs in the 70s and 80s.