The Department of Art, Art History and Design provides students a variety of studio and computer lab environments to develop their creative work.
In the 1930s, the Brown House was an elegant country-style building used by students for afternoon tea. Twenty years later, the college newspaper, “The Habit,” requested that students contribute suggestions for names for the teahouse. Despite numerous attempts to designate the perfect name, in the end the buildings nickname won out: “the Brown House”. The former Student Union and headquarters for the Associated Students of Dominican University (ASDU), The Brown House now houses the Art Department faculty and classes.
This building, originally a Quonset hut purchased from the military after World War II, contains four art studios for art classes. The building is named after the Convent of San Marco in Florence, Italy, where the Dominican Fra Angelico painted his famous frescoes in the 15th century.
As the building is named after an artistic location, it is fitting that beautiful works of art are routinely created here. San Macro is heavily used for ceramics, watercolor, painting, and sculpting classes. Much of the art done by Dominican students is created and completed in San Marco and later put on display in the San Macro Gallery located in Archbishop Alemany Library.