The Betsy Dennis Forster Art Studio Complex provides a facility for teaching and learning within the visual arts. Located on the north end of campus, the building was made possible by a generous gift of $2 million from Peter and Betsy Forster of Washington, D.C. The complex is named for Betsy, a 1965 graduate of Austin College and an artist in her own right.
The 20,000 square foot complex includes space for sculpture, painting, photography, and ceramics studios, as well as exhibit, office, and lecture space. The complex includes the James Binkley Drawing Studio; an art history lecture room provided by the Carruth Foundation, the Brown Foundation, and the Beulah Kahler College Fund; the Caroline Ross Ceramic and Sculpture Building; the Wilma and Terence Dennis Gallery; the seminar room provided the W.B. Munson and the Elias and Hannah Regensburger Foundation; the Daniel Ross Student Gallery; the Kellye Wright Samuelson Digital and Photographic Art Center; the Slide Library provided by the W.E. Wilcox Family. Landscaping includes the Trost Family Courtyard. The design of the Forster Art Complex supports various flexible uses for both academic programs and public outreach, including exhibition opportunities for students, artists, and art professionals.