Originally known as Wittenberg's "Laboratories Building," Koch Hall now serves as home to the art department, which offers courses in art history and studio art including ceramics, computer graphics and imaging, drawing, neon art, painting, photography, printmaking and silver jewelry. Students can earn either a B.A. or B.F.A.
Each year, the department also coordinates Empty Bowls, an annual event for which students create hundreds of ceramic bowls, which are then sold during a soup supper to benefit local charities. The 175-seat Kissell Auditorium, which is used for guest speakers, lectures, special films and classes, and the Ann Miller Gallery and Thompson Gallery, where professionals, faculty and students display their artwork, are located in the building. Each spring the department invites the public to a Senior Art Thesis Exhibition and Reception to view the senior art majors' thesis projects.