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For more than 100 years, the sweep of history has carried Morehead State University and its predecessor institution, the Morehead Normal School, from one makeshift classroom to the high-tech world of internet-based classes and a radio telescope that reaches from a campus hillside literally to the stars. The Morehead State University Department of Art and Design continues to be an active part of an excelling University of national and international prominence.

During the Morehead Normal School years, the Department of Art was located in the cramped confines of the Allie Young Hall basement. In the 1960s, art faculty Naomi Claypool and Thomas Don Young began pushing for an art building to be built across University Boulevard from Thompson Hall. With the support of President Adron Doran, the Claypool-Young Art Building was completed in 1968. It was the first art building constructed at a state university in Kentucky.

In July 2009, as part of the restructuring of MSU's Academic Affairs Division, the department was renamed the Department of Art & Design. The department is part of the School of Creative Arts within the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

In May 2018, the Golding-Yang Art Gallery was officially dedicated to honor the late Deeno Golding, his wife Yanya Yang and brother-in-law Neng Yang.


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Claypool-Young Art Building

The Claypool-Young Art Building is the center of activity for undergraduate and graduate Art & Design students. 


The Claypool-Young Art Building is the center of activity for undergraduate and graduate Art & Design students. The facility houses fully equipped art studios, multimedia classrooms, a 21-station Apple Macintosh computer lab, and an award-winning art gallery.

The distinctive architectural style of Claypool-Young stands out on campus. A special feature of the building's architecture is its north-facing skylights. With most of the studios situated on the north side of the building, Morehead State students have the advantage of working in studios with the north light prized by artists and designers.

Each area of our programs require special equipment and studio space specific to the teaching of that discipline. For example the teaching of studio art requires welding, casting and woodworking equipment, ceramic wheels and kilns, printing presses, photo enlargers, easels, painting storage racks, special drawing tables and more. Graphic design and computer art courses require state-of-the-art computers, software, tablets, scanners, printers and digital imaging equipment. Art history students enjoy a large auditorium with the latest multimedia equipment for lectures.

Morehead State University is also one of only two institutions in Kentucky utilizing a wood fire kiln.

All programs in the Department of Art and Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Contact Information

Department of Art & Design

211 Claypool-Young Art Bldg.
Morehead, KY 40351

PHONE: 606-783-2766
FAX: 606-783-5048