Barbara Walters Gallery


Visual Resources Curator

E-mail Bianca


Exhibit on construction at Sarah Lawrence College
Work by Julie Abraham on display at the Barbara Walters Gallery
Exterior shot of the Barbara Walters Gallery
Photo of an empty Barbara Walters Gallery

After calling the Heimbold Visual Arts Center home for 15 years, The Barbara Walters Gallery opened in its new permanent home—The Barbara Walters Campus Center—in August 2019. Located on the second floor, the space is rich with natural light and will house exhibits throughout the academic year. The mission of the Barbara Walters Gallery is to promote the arts as well as dialogue around the issues currently engaging our community, including not just our faculty, staff, and students, but also our alums and neighbors. The Barbara Walters Gallery will host three shows each year, and we welcome proposals from all corners of the Sarah Lawrence Community.  Please address any questions or ideas to Melissa Frazier, Associate Dean of the College, at

On Exhibit

FYS Art History: What Do You Want From Me?

FYS Art History: What Do You Want From Me?

On exhibit from April 1, 2021–September 12, 2021

The Barbara Walters Gallery is delighted to present FYS Art History: What Do You Want From Me? Curation and writing by the students in Sarah Hamill’s Class of ’23, Histories and Theories of Photography. This exhibition takes its name from the title of a photograph by French Surrealist, Claude Cahun, who used the camera to unfix the self, not allowing any one portrait to stand for their true image. This exhibition looks at how a portrait can shift our ideas of the self by making the invisible visible, by misrepresenting, glorifying, or reinforcing stereotypes, or by forcefully condensing the subject to a singular, two-dimensional plane.

Pictured: Claude Cahun, Autoportrait (with shaved head), 1920. Gelatin silver print, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. Courtesy of the Jersey Heritage Collections