COVID-19 Protocols — Watch This Video Before Your Visit to the Visual Arts Complex

Visual Arts Complex — Hours of Operation (subject to change)

VAC Access Notice

Until Further Notice: MFA, MA, PhD, BFA, and Post-Bac students will continue to have access to the VAC. Students enrolled in classes that have been approved for return to in-person teaching will continue to have access to the VAC.

Those classes include: ARTS 1875 300E, ARTS 2085, ARTS 2095, ARTS 3085, ARTS 4085, ARTS 4641/5641, ARTS 5202, ARTS 5176, ARTS 4104/5104.

Classes not listed are being conducted remotely and student work is expected to be conducted offsite.


  • Building hours: 7 AM-10 PM
  • Administration office hours: Closed until further notice
  • Administration remote hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM

Contact: Jean Goldstein, Administrative Assistant.
Available in Teams during business hours.

Visual Resources Center (VRC)

Room 310, VAC

  • Spring semester 2021 (through May 5)
    • Mon: 9am-1:45pm; 2:45-3:45pm
    • Tue: 9am-1pm
    • Wed: 9am-1:45pm; 2:45-4pm
    • Thu: 9am-1pm
    • Fri: 11:30am-4pm

More Information about the VRC

Email with questions.

Equipment & VAC Room Reservations

Patron Portal

See our brief video tutorials on reserving
rooms and spaces and VRC equipment.

Access to resources depends on course enrollment or other affiliations. Contact the VRC with questions about the Patron Portal.

Metal Shop

  • Monday, closed
  • Tuesday, 3:30-7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, 10 AM - 12 Noon and 3:30-7:30 PM
  • Thursday, 1:00-6:30 PM
  • Friday — Welding Trainings, 1:00-3:00 PM (by appointment, contact Scout Patterson at at least 48 hours in advance)
  • Sunday — Safety Orientation,10 AM- 12 PM (by appointment, contact Evan Blackstock)

CNC Router:

More Information about the metal shop

Contact: Evan Blackstock, Metal Shop & CNC Lab Coordinator

Wood Shop

It is best to make an appointment for using the woodshop during open hours by simply sending an email to describing what you wish to accomplish so we set up based on your needs.

Spring 2021

  • Mon. 7:00-10:00 PM
  • Thurs. 2:00-6:00 PM
  • Fri. 2:00-10:00 PM
  • ​Sat. 2:00-10:00 PM

Contact Bill Rumley with any questions.

Print Lab


  1. Submit your order ONLINE and upload your file:
  2. You will receive an email informing the order is ready for pickup. Order turnaround is 48 hours (excludes weekends and University holidays).
  3. Payment is due at time of pickup - credit card only, card must be present, no Amex, cash, or checks.

Contact: Mariana Vieira, ​IMAP Coordinator and Print Lab Manager. Available in Teams during business hours.

Interdisciplinary Media Art Practices (IMAP)

  • Photo Labs: Graduate students and authorized students only
  • Lighting Studio: Graduate students and authorized students only
  • OIT Computer Lab: Open during building business hours
  • Video Lab: Closed

IMAP Equipment Checkout: Contact Mariana Vieira, ​IMAP Coordinator and Print Lab Manager. Available in Teams during business hours.

Teaching Resources During COVID-19

Art and Art History Visual Resources Center

VRC staff are available to consult with Art and Art History faculty and students about image research, digital imaging and portfolio photography, image editing, and other areas relating to our mission

Center for Teaching and Learning

The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) fosters a community of educators dedicated to supporting teaching and learning, a cornerstone of our university

Disability Services

For general guidance on accessibility and the switch to an online environment at CU Boulder

Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Academic Technology Resources for Teaching Continuity. This guide provides instructors and teaching assistants alternative methods and tools to allow them to continue class activities, at a distance, when classroom instruction is disrupted due to an emergency.

Technology Copilots assist instructors in remote-capable classrooms as they use teaching technologies and facilitate their remote students’ participation. The Technology Copilot helps the instructor set up the technology before class begins, manages the technologies during class, and facilitates communication between remote students and the instructor. This partnership allows the instructor to engage all students whether they participate in-person or remotely.

Research & Innovation Office

Return to On-Campus Research and Creative Work Resources
On-campus research or creative work, or field work, should only be resumed by those who:

  • Have received formal approval through the Return to Research form and process
  • Have successfully completed the COVID-19 Awareness and Safety Skillsoft training
  • Submit a Daily Health Questionnaire before each day of on-campus or field work
  • Are showing no symptoms of illness

CU Library Services

  • Contactless Hold Pickup at Norlin Library
  • Remote Access to Libraries Collections
  • Consultations
  • Support for Teaching
  • Writing Center
  • Special Collections & Archives Reading Room

Digital Accessibility Office (DAO)

The goal of the Digital Accessibility Office (DAO) is to improve the accessibility of the digital campus environment and increase opportunities for participation in the digital life of the university for individuals with disabilities by:

  • Supporting faculty and staff delivering digital services and content to individuals with disabilities
  • Supporting and evaluating compliance with university policies on digital accessibility
  • Directly supporting specific users when needed

CU Art Museum

CU Art Museum’s staff will be providing remote access to the collections and will continue to provide support for faculty wishing to incorporate object based learning into their courses. Contact Hope Saska

You can incorporate artworks from the museum to:

  • Provide multiple access points to course materials and themes
  • Lead students in a mindful observation exercise (worksheet attached)
  • Engage students in object-based and project-based learning
  • Discover new works of art with guidance from CU Art Museum staff
  • Participate in a learning exercise about museums 

On-line Teaching

A veteran of online teaching and education technology offers advice for faculty members who need to move online, fast, with the twin goals of maintaining instructional continuity as much as possible and finishing the semester strong

Teaching Remotely

As coronavirus concerns rise on campus, explore resources for teaching remotely. Advice from the College Art Association

Electronic Textbooks (VitalSource)

Access an expansive, curated catalog of etexts from participating publishers.

LinkedIn Learning

An online library of instructional videos, taught by accomplished instructors and recognized industry experts, that cover the latest software, create and business skills. Linkedin Learning is available to all CU employees and students at no additional cost

National Emergency Library

The National Emergency Library is a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.


A learning management system that creates a central place for students to go to get lectures, assignments, discussions, and readings.

Canvas Community Course & Cartridges
The college of Engineering & Applied Science is now offering a Community Course on Canvas to guide instructors through the program and provide basic, intermediate and advanced cartridges, or pre-formatted templates, to give instructors an advantage in building their own Canvas courses.


Web conferencing tool that includes features such as chat, breakout rooms, a whiteboard, and polling.

  • Record lectures for an asynchronous class or host a live lecture for a synchronous class.
  • Facilitate small group discussions by using the breakout room feature.
  • Host office hours (enabling a waiting room is also an option).


A tool that promotes asynchronous group conversations around images, documents, presentations, and videos.

  • Have students introduce themselves to build a stronger community.
  • Encourage students to critique an image or film clip.
  • Facilitate small group discussions about a reading.

Microsoft Teams

A tool that can be used to facilitate one-on-one or group chat.

  • Communicate with students one-on-one (especially if you want to keep conversations separate from e-mail).
  • Facilitate large group and small group discussions using chat.
  • Post resources or course materials.

G Suite

The Google Suite allows groups to work collaboratively on documents, spreadsheets, and presentation slides.

  • Promote student collaboration on presentations or documents.
  • Comment on student work along the way to help guide learning.
  • Encourage students to give each other feedback to support shared learning.


A web-based survey tool that allows you to ask a wide variety of questions.

  • Survey students about their needs prior to the start of the course.
  • Gather reflections from students at the end of the course.

Buffs Create

Instructors or students can get their own domain to build a course website, blog, showcase, or portfolio. Some of the application options include WordPress and Omeka.

  • Give students the option to create a portfolio
  • Create an exhibit of work with students
  • Develop an art showcase

Personal Capture

Personal Capture utilizes My Mediasite, an all-in-one content creation and delivery platform.  My Mediasite makes it a snap to create great looking videos, screencasts and slideshows, wherever you are.

Video Creation Station

CU Boulder staff and faculty may reserve our Video Creation Station, located in Norlin E203. This easy-to-use facility is equipped with video and audio recording technologies for CU faculty and staff to create instructional content (e.g., record lectures for MOOCs or flipped classrooms, create podcasts, etc).

Art Tools

Adobe Creative Suites

Adobe is making temporary at-home access to Creative Cloud available until July 6, 2020 for schools and colleges who currently have only lab access for students, at no additional cost.

Creative Capital

Creative Capital has created a list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals

Google Arts & Culture

Study and enjoy art worldwide

Boulder Arts Weekly

Boulder Arts Week is now online. View its online programs or add your event today.