The CVA challenges students to study and practice visual arts, fostering innovation, risk-taking, and creative problem-solving across disciplines. Courses explore contemporary and historical art perspectives in an inclusive environment. Multidisciplinary collaboration within art-making practices, JHU academic programs, and the Baltimore community advances students’ skills and knowledge.

About the CVA

CVA’s faculty comprises working artists who mentor students pursuing visual arts. Courses include analog and digital photography, fibers, painting and drawing, mixed media, visual communication, silkscreen printing, and book arts. Advanced project classes are also available for students to create their own body of work.

The CVA currently has four full time faculty and six adjunct faculty. See the people page for more information.

Each spring the CVA hosts a student exhibition and reception showcasing student work created over the academic year.

Visit the Center

  • Hours: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 
  • j-card required for entry

Facilities and Equipment

Dedicated art studios equipped with:

  • Etching Press
  • Drying Rack
  • Lincoln Vacuum UV Exposure Unit (40” x 39”)
  • 2 Portable free-standing monitors (40”)
  • 2 Utility Sinks and one silk screen wash out station
  • Flat files
  • Easels & painting tables
  • model stand
  • Drawing Horses

Photography Equipment at the CVA

  • Nikon DSLR Cameras (camera body with 18-55mm lenses and memory card)
  • Camera Tripods

Digital Lab

  • 14  iMac Computers (12 student stations, 1 printer station, and 1 teacher station)
  • Canon Pro 300 Inkjet Printer
  • Epson V600 Flatbed Scanner
  • X-Rite 1! Display Pro (monitor calibration tool)

Lighting Equipment

  • Apurture LCD Lights
  • Strobe Lights

Lounge/Common Area/Hallway equipped with:

  • 39 individual lockers (12” x 22” x 8”)
  • Wall monitor (57”)
  • Basic Kitchen appliances