205 Hudson Rules and Procedures

MFA Survival Guide

Hallway Storage Guide

The MFA building is open every day from 7am – 1am. You must leave the building by 1am. Security personnel will check all studios and common spaces to make sure everyone is out. There are periods of time when the building is open 24 hours (prior to Mid-Program Review, Open Studios, and the Thesis Exhibition). These times will be announced in advance. The MFA building is open every day except for major holidays.

2. When entering the building, you must swipe in or show your ID to lobby security. All currently active MFA students will be given a building FOB that allows them into the front door. You must also keep your Hunter ID with you at all times while in the building.

3. Bike access. Between 8am and 6pm you must use the freight elevator to bring in a bike. There are no exceptions. If you are bringing your bike into the building after 6pm, you may use the building's front entrance and the Hunter-dedicated elevator only. In order to protect the floor, we ask that you lift your bike off the ground as you move through the lobby.

4. Heavy/bulk materials must be moved using the freight elevators only.

5. Moving large items out of the building. A Property Pass from the MFA Office will be required when taking large items OUT of the building. See the MFA Public Safety desk on the Second Floor.

6. Loading dock hours are 8am - 6pm, Monday-Friday. No appointment is needed. You must have a valid Hunter ID. There is a 30-minute time limit. The loading dock is located at 6 Desbrosses Street, New York NY 10013

7. No Rooftop Access. This applies to both the top of 205 Hudson, and to neighboring rooftop spaces adjacent to MFA studio windows on the 4th floor. Anyone in violation of this policy will be reassigned to a new studio.

8. Do not store trash in studios. All trash must be bagged and brought out to the trash bins in the hallway. Consult with the MFA Office prior to discarding large items.

9. Please minimize the use of toxic materials as much as possible. All hazardous materials (including solvents and oil based paints) must be covered and/or contained when not in use. All solvents should be disposed of in the Hazardous Waste collection area (room 209).

10. Any areas of the building altered in the course of displaying work must be fully and promptly restored.

11. Alterations of existing spaces at 205 Hudson must be approved by the MFA Office in advance.

12. Heavy sanding is not permitted in areas outside of the woodshop. Dust from construction, and other forms of mist, can trigger the fire alarm system. Smoke and dry ice machines are not permitted at 205 Hudson.

13. Open Flames are not permitted in any spaces at 205 Hudson.

14. Woodshop, darkroom, and computer lab hours will be announced each semester.

15. Be respectful. Keep noise at reasonable levels especially in proximity to seminars rooms.

16. Absolutely NO smoking inside the building at 205 Hudson Street.

17. Please be aware that CUNY does not permit the consumption of alcohol on any of its campuses, including 205 Hudson Street. We are able to serve drinks at certain events if and only when we apply for and receive a New York State liquor license, such as Open Studios and gallery receptions.

18. Signage is not permitted on the building facade or in the windows without permission from Hines Management.

19. Deliveries and shipping. You must be PRESENT to receive any large deliveries (lumber, materials etc) - there are no exceptions. You may have small packages shipped to the building. The MFA Office will receive your package as a courtesy but we are NOT responsible for any lost items. All delivered packages can be found by the 2nd floor kitchen area.

All mail/packages should be sent to:

Hunter MFA and BFA Studios, Suite 200
205 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

20. Visitor Policy
You may invite guests to visit your studio. You are required to meet your guests in the lobby and register them with the front desk, and they will be given a visitor pass. Visitations should be for professional reasons and shouldn’t disrupt your neighbors.

Groups of more than 4 people must be approved by the MFA Office in advance.
Contact Tim Laun: tlaun@hunter.cuny.edu