The long orange brick, limestone and large glass windowed building known as The Helene Center for the Visual Arts.

The Helene Center for the Visual Arts

The Helene Center for the Visual Arts is an ideal space for artists. Creativity happens here. Imagination and inspiration are boundless, and originality and individuality embraced. In Helene, you can innovate and initiate.

With everything from a printing press to a woodshop at your fingertips, the possibilities are endless. The Helene Center boasts one of the few bronze and aluminum casting studios in the Midwest. It includes

  • a state-of-the-art ceramics studio with 16 Brent potter's wheels
  • 4 electric SKUTT kilns
  • 2 high-fire Alpine kilns
  • raku and wood-fired kilns 

Studio and exhibit space are plentiful with state-of-the-art equipment, and a Mac lab with industry-standard software and hardware has iMac stations for students to create on a 24-hour basis.

You will find yourself in a community of artists at Graceland, where students and faculty experience art together, working side-by-side on projects or taking road trips to study art exhibitions. And if you still can't get enough, The Art Student Society is one of the University's most popular organizations. Chat with other artists around campus, participate in public service projects and help plan activities.

With a home base in the Midwest, Graceland art students have the opportunity to experience art in a variety of locations. The Art Department takes trips to cities like Chicago and Minneapolis, and the Art Student Society attends events in Des Moines and Kansas City. You'll be exposed to a range of art and chat with creators from around the country.