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Street level view of the MSU Broad Art Lab entrance doors

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 open Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6pm! Learn more about our safety guidelines here.

 

MAKE

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 (urness@msu.edu) to schedule your private event. Events must be booked a minimum of 2 weeks in advance to ensure safe arrival of kits.

 

Workshops

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.

Shop

Retail items from the Museum Store

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 eebam@msu.edu.

STUDIO SHARE

The Art Lab offers walk-in space for creative community members to work on projects and build connections in a safe environment.

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. 

We can safely accommodate 8 guests at one time in the studio. The Art Lab follows 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. Please email eebam@msu.edu with any questions.

What's Included:

  • heavy duty easel
  • tables
  • sinks
  • 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
  • erasers
  • glue sticks
  • rubber stamps and ink pads
  • paper cutter
  • glue guns
  • rulers
  • paint brushes
  • watercolor paints
  • ink knives
  • limited colors of relief printmaking ink
  • brayers
  • scissors
  • X-acto knives
  • access to art book collection

Masked visitors make art in the Art Lab

A visitor in a mask uses an easel in the Art Lab

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 eebam@msu.edu to discuss the possibilities.

Acknowledgments

Michigan State University and the MSU Broad gratefully thank the MSU Federal Credit Union for its support in the creation of the Art Lab.
Additional thanks:

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