This six story Beaux Arts building houses all of the Art Department's studios, shops, labs, and studios, as well as classrooms, exhibition spaces, and faculty offices. Formerly the home of the Hebrew Technical Institute, the Barney Building was named to honor Edgar S. Barney, principal of the Institute for nearly 50 years. It was remodeled in 1939 by the University for use in the expansion of its programs in industrial education. The Department of Art and Art Professions relocated to the Barney Building in 1990.
Barney Building facilities include studio classrooms and workshops for sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, ceramics, metalsmithing, and sewing. In addition to photography labs, a computer studio, digital printing studio, and a video suite. Semi-private studio space is available for 24-30 undergraduate senior honors students. Spacious private studios are available to 24 MFA students with great views of New York City's East Village.
The Commons is unique Beaux Arts exhibition and performance space with beautiful two-storey clerestory windows. Student exhibitions change every 2-3 weeks and the space provides a venue for interdisciplinary collaborations, receptions, photo and video shoots, workshops, meetings, and public events.
On most Thursday evenings, the Visiting Artist & Curator lecture series is held in the Einstein Auditorium beginning at 5:00pm. This series is one of dozens of public programs held in the auditorium each year. Recently renovated, the Einstein Auditorium seats 110. It's a fully equipped audio/visual facility that offers an intimate setting for classes, lectures, screenings, and panel discussions.