Heimbold Visual Arts Center

Heimbold Visual Arts Center exterior

Audio Tour Transcript

Welcome to Heimbold Visual Arts Center, the LEED-certified building that houses both our Visual and Studio Arts program and the Filmmaking and Moving Image Arts program here at Sarah Lawrence.

Inside you'll find a variety of studios and galleries for creating art in just about any medium you can think of. The Visual and Studio Arts program here at Sarah Lawrence offers courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, video art, installation, creative programming, interactive art, interventionist art, games, and simulation. The resources available within the Heimbold include facilities for printmaking, plaster, woodworking, painting, video making, and installation. When you take an advanced studio course, you'll even have your own designated area and storage space. Heimbold includes a 1,400-square-foot soundstage, film viewing rooms, a small theatre, studio and gallery spaces, a darkroom, printmaking studio, kiln, recording booths, editing bays, and more. We even have garage-style doors that open up some of our classrooms to the outdoors during the warmer months. Students regularly host exhibits in Heimbold and throughout campus. One of our most popular galleries is A*Space, which is in Bates and is entirely student run.

The Visual Arts department offers many courses around establishing yourself as a professional artist with discussions pertaining to the zeitgeist of the art world. Recent workshops have explored virtual reality, creating an online portfolio, writing an artist statement, navigating the art world, the art of critique, applying for grants, and more. You'll be well connected and prepared to dive into internships and assistantships in local artist studios, galleries, museums, and other creative institutions. The program very much utilizes New York, both academically and professionally. Every Saturday morning, the Met Van runs between campus and New York City's museums and galleries. Plus, the program brings the art to you on campus through a visiting artist lecture series.

If you're interested in filmmaking, you'll probably spend quite a bit of time at Heimbold, consistently ranked one of the best film programs in the world. Our program seeks to help students navigate the intersection of art and technology. The film program includes instruction in narrative fiction, documentary nonfiction, experimental film, animation, cinematography, storyboarding, and directing actors, as well as editing, producing, screenwriting, writing for television, writing and producing for the web, writing for games, and game development. Sarah Lawrence's undergraduate Filmmaking and Moving Image Arts program doesn't employ prerequisites, meaning students can start checking out cameras to use for projects in their very first semester.

There are a couple of popular semester-away programs for SLC film students, including Cinema Sarah Lawrence. The 15-week program offers a chance to collaborate with professional filmmakers on the production of a feature film, starting with a weeklong visit to the Sundance Film Festival before settling in on the filming location. Film students also study abroad in Paris, Havana, and Prague, among others, or on our animation exchange program with Cal Arts. You'll find our alumni's names when the credits roll at Cannes, Palm Springs, Slam Dance, and many more name brand festivals, along with blockbuster releases.

Heimbold is packed to the brim with anything and everything you need to create dynamic works of art. Whether you're into filmmaking or pottery, painting or printmaking, or sculpting or soundscaping, Heimbold is the perfect place to find inspiration and the resources to make it happen.