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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.

Light-filled and ready to inspire

The Badger-Mars Visual Arts Wing at the Ruby spans two floors on the building’s east side. The second floor includes a dedicated painting studio and a flexible exhibit/critique space. In the painting studio, artists can take up residence, make a mess, and leave their materials out at night. This open room features floor-to-ceiling north-facing windows that bathe the space in natural light. It is equipped with the ventilation and mess-sink needed for working in oil paints, and moveable easels and utility carts that can be configured as needed. The painting studio alternately hosts nationally-renowned visual artists-in-residence and capstone students in Duke’s visual arts program.

Next to the studio is a gallery space with moveable walls that can be extended or hidden as needed. It can be easily reconfigured as a short-term exhibition space or a professional setting for student critiques.

Painting studio: 236

Exhibit/critique studio: 235

Young male student seated on a drawing bench and sketching in the visual arts studio.
Duke student Micheal Head tries out the painting studio. Photo by Chris Hildreth, Duke Photography.

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