Duke's new arts center is "a beautiful, beautiful building" that gives her students the facilities and central gathering place they've long needed, says ADF dean Leah Cox.
Duke's first arts-focused lab
The Badger-Mars Visual Arts Wing at the Ruby is designed for hands-on art making, no matter how messy. It features a makerspace on the first floor operated by Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab with fifteen 15 Ultimaker 3 3D printers, a Trotec Speedy 400 laser cutter, a panel saw, and hand tools. By rolling up a large garage door, this art-focused workshop can transform the Ruby’s courtyard into a workyard. Duke students, faculty, and staff can access the makerspace anytime, and the lab will be staffed 2–8pm Sundays through Fridays. To learn how to access Duke’s 3D printers, visit the Co-Lab Studio website and scoll down to “Cloud Service Printing.”
Next to the makerspace is one of the building’s six multipurpose studios—a highly flexible space outfitted with a theater-style lighting grid that can host installations, performances, or student-group rehearsals.