MSU BROAD ART LAB
The MSU Broad Art Lab is a collaborative space where our diverse community of makers, innovators, and lifelong learners can connect with opportunities to create and experiment with art.
Focused on engagement and collaboration, the Art Lab provides an accessible gateway to contemporary art for new audiences, where creative inquiry and process are at the core of the exhibitions and programming.
The Art Lab is now open! Learn more about our new safety guidelines here.
Studio On Demand
Let the Art Lab come to you! Book a time to make art with a group of your nearest and dearest. Experiment with art processes and try something new while making memories from the comfort of your home. Hands-on projects are led by an Art Lab educator during a Zoom session, at a time of your choosing. Our custom supply kits arrive at your doorstep prior to your session.
Cost is $35 per person with a minimum of 6 people. Choose from Shibori Dyed Dishtowels, Gelli Plate Monoprinting, Concrete Mini-planters, or Sharpie Tye-Dyed Totes.
Contact Art Lab Educator Britta Urness (email@example.com) to schedule your private event. Events must be booked a minimum of 2 weeks in advance to ensure safe arrival of kits.
Learn a new skill or build on your existing artistic expertise at a workshop with the Art Lab! Join us for workshops led by various Michigan makers or by Art Lab Educator Britta Urness. Due to COVID-19, workshops are now virtual! Check out upcoming workshops here.
Studio (in)Process: Upcycle Edition
We’re bringing Studio (in)Process to you in partnership with MSU Recycling and Spartan Upcycle! Let’s create from the comfort of your own home (or kitchen table, couch, garage, porch, etc.). Keep stuff out of the landfill, make upcycled art, and learn zero waste tips! Studio Educator Britta Urness will lead you through live projects you can follow along with, or simply watch and learn. Tune in on Facebook Live.
Science Gallery Detroit Partnership
It was as if, with a snap of the fingers, the world changed.
When COVID-19 erupted, it brought existing problems of social and economic inequality, about access to water, housing and food front and center, along with a whole host of new ones, stressing out systems and people, globally and locally. To respect the constraints involved in exhibiting safely in a pandemic, Science Gallery Detroit had to create new and innovative ways to use content, and move their programming and mediation online, while still striving to do what they do best: exploring a topic using a variety of creative perspectives from across arts, sciences and design.
The themes embedded in the exhibition became even more pertinent, and eerily timely: how does the design of technology impact society? What impact does design have on the built environment, and on the communities that occupy it? How does design feature in food systems and food security, in biology and scientific inquiry? And what is the entwinement of design with social visions, such as Afro or indigenous futurism? COVID-19 has revealed quite clearly the insufficiency and undesirable nature of many of the systems and subsystems in which we live, and the urgency for systemic change. The challenge now is how to use design to guide us through our present uncertainty toward a more equitable, resilient future.
FUTURE PRESENT: Design in a Time of Urgency is presented at the MSU Broad Art Lab in partnership with Science Gallery Detroit, and is on view Jan. 15–Apr. 11, 2021.
The Art Lab is home to the larger MSU Broad museum store! Make sure to stop by and check out a wide selection of goods and gifts. With a focus on artist-made items and innovative design, you’ll find unique stationary, jewelry, home goods, and more. You’ll also feel good knowing that all proceeds directly support the museum and its mission.
The museum store at the Art Lab is committed to supporting Michigan Makers. Check out our Maker Takeover window display, where creatives from the mitten state showcase their skills and goods. The Art Lab also hosts a semi-annual Makers Market featuring local artists and food vendors held each October and April. Want to get involved or recommend a maker? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 MLK Holiday Art Contest
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan is proud to present the 3rd Annual MLK Jr. Holiday Art Contest. The artworks on view were selected by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan, Delta Dental, and its panel of judges. These works represent the artistic efforts of students ranging from grades 6–12, as well as adults. The artists are responding to the theme of this year’s celebration of the life of Dr. King; out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.
This project is sponsored by Delta Dental, the MLK Jr. Commission of Mid-Michigan, and the MSU Broad Art Lab. The work is on view at the Art Lab Apr. 4–25, 2021.
The Art Lab offers space for creative community members to work on projects and build connections in a safe environment.
For a minimal fee, gain access to work tables and easels along with a bevy of supplies, such as drawing tools, brushes, rulers, button maker, a paper cutter, and more! For more specialized work, an 18” Conrad Etching press and two Singer sewing machines are also available for use following a usage and safety orientation. A studio monitor is always on hand for support and troubleshooting for all artists. Most importantly, Studio Share provides safe in-person creative space at an affordable daily rate.
We can safely accommodate 8 guests at one time in the studio. The Art Lab and Studio Share space follow the same safety guidelines as the museum in alignment with the MSU Community Compact. Guests are required to adhere to all cleaning and safety guidelines provided by staff. Reservations are available in advance here or on a walk-in basis at the Art Lab front desk. Please email email@example.com with any questions.
Rate: $16/day, students (with ID) $8/day
- heavy duty easel
- 18” Conrad Etching press
- Singer Heavy Duty sewing machines
- general sewing notions
- scrap fabric
- iron and ironing board
- 8 x 11.5” color printing
- button maker
- drawing pencils
- markers, pens
- drawing charcoal
- colored pencils
- scratch paper
- glue sticks
- rubber stamps and ink pads
- paper cutter
- glue guns
- paint brushes
- watercolor paints
- ink knives
- limited colors of relief printmaking ink
- X-acto knives
- access to art book collection
Host Your Event With the Art Lab!
When we’re not hosting our own experiments, the Art Lab is open to the community for your next professional workshop, brainstorming retreat, business meeting, or special event. Whether you use the studio for a private hands-on gathering or the Bailey room as your own blank canvas, let our experienced staff take the worry out of your event planning. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the possibilities.
Michigan State University and the MSU Broad gratefully thank the MSU Federal Credit Union for its support in the creation of the Art Lab.
Blick Art Materials, City of East Lansing, Cron Management, Epson, Ingham County / Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and MSU Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Letters, and Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies