Resources & Facilities
The School of Visual and Performing Arts provides a number of noteworthy resources to support its programs in art, media arts, music, theatre, film and dance. Our facilities bring together dynamic faculty and committed students in a vibrant learning environment that fosters and supports creativity and growth. LIU Post offers exquisite performance and exhibition space, state-of-the-art digital laboratories and broadcasting studios. Many of our venues are open to the public and showcase the talents of our students and professors to the greater community. Facilities are located in both historic and contemporary buildings. Below is a summary of various facilities within the School of Visual and Performing Arts.
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
The 2,200 seat Tilles Center for the Performing Arts provides LIU Post students and the public with an internationally recognized performance venue, featuring some of the most important classical and popular artists of our time.
Little Theatre Mainstage
The Little Theatre Mainstage was built as a proscenium house, but now doubles as a black box space that incorporates elements such as rotating sets, trapdoors, and occasionally, rotating audiences. The space is modeled after Off-Broadway houses and features similar technical capabilities and equipment. There are usually three mainstage productions each year.
Rifle Range Theatre
The Rifle Range Theatre can best be described as a quintessential “Off-Off-Broadway” theatre. The Rifle Range hosts everything from student-written and produced work to thesis projects, small plays, improv shows and film shoots. The theatre has its own sound and lighting system and is modeled on professional theatre spaces. It offers our students firsthand experience in producing shows in a black box space before they enter the professional world.
Campus movies, run by the Association for Campus Programming (ACP), are held weekly during the school semester in the Hillwood Cinema. In addition, movies are shown on PTV – Channel 73 during weeknights and all day on weekends.
Hillwood Art Museum
Hailed by The New York Times for its impressive collections, Hillwood Art Museum serves as an integral part of the cultural resources at LIU Post. Each year the museum features exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations and symposia to enrich, inform and educate our students, the Campus and local communities.
Located in the lower level of the Library, the Hutchins Gallery is a magnificent exhibit hall that showcases the sculpture and painting of local artists, faculty and students.
Student Art League Gallery
Located in Hillwood Commons, the Student Art League Gallery displays the artwork of undergraduate and graduate art students. Exhibits range from one-person shows to small group exhibits, and include displays of ceramics, paintings, mixed media, multi-media and photography.
TV Station (PTV)
The Post Television Station, PTV, exists as a venue for students of the Media Arts Department to create and produce original programming. Located in Humanities Hall, the facility features a state-of-the-art production studio, a professional control room and digital editing labs. The station regularly broadcasts student-produced programming to the Campus via a closed-circuit cable system on Channel 73.
Broadcasting 24 hours a day, WCWP 88.1 FM is a non-commercial radio station that airs talk, music, news and sports. Located in the Abrams Communications Center, WCWP is staffed by students and professionals and serves both the campus community and the public. The state-of-the-art digital studios also serve as a learning laboratory for students majoring in journalism, electronic media, public relations and other disciplines. MyWCWP is a student-operated Internet radio station that streams 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides an eclectic mix of programming to keep listeners informed and entertained.
Dance majors develop their craft by performing and studying in several spaces on campus from the state-of-the-art stage at Tilles Center to the more intimate concert space at the Little Theatre, both with excellent lighting and sound capabilities. The studio in the Theatre, Dance and Arts Management building is for the exclusive use of the dance program, and has a sound system, barres and mirrors, and video capabilities and serves the dual purpose of a rehearsal space and an informal performance venue. Many classes have live accompaniment. Dancers have access to a full costume shop.
Kahn Discovery Center
The Kahn Discovery Center houses film studios with two sound stages, editing suites and a screening room. The facility is also used for general classes in public relations, journalism, film and electronic media.
Photography Studios and Darkrooms
Located in Pell Hall, the photography studios and darkrooms provide an exciting atmosphere in which to create master prints and professional imagery. We offer a state-of-the-art black and white wet darkroom, two computer digital darkrooms, and a large shooting studio fully equipped with strobes, soft boxes and other lighting equipment. In the advanced digital darkroom there are three large format archival inkjet printers, with 16”, 24” and 60” wide by 100’ roll paper capabilities.
Fine Art Studio Facilities
The Fine Art Studios feature numerous drawing and painting studios.
Journalism & Public Relations Lab and Newsroom
The computer laboratory for journalism and public relations students is equipped with the latest software for writing, desktop publishing and web publishing. The lab is equipped as a professional newsroom with a cable hookup, newspapers, magazines and an Associated Press feed.
The Pioneer Newsroom
Students may hone their journalism skills by covering late-breaking Campus news, sporting events and local entertainment for The Pioneer, our award-winning weekly student newspaper. You may work as a reporter, editor, photographer, designer or advertising sales manager. Offices are located in Hillwood Commons.
Digital Art and Design Lab
The Digital Art and Design Lab is a state-of-the-art facility for students majoring in art, digital art and design, graphic design and photography. It comprises five rooms fully equipped with networked computers, current software packages, digital and video cameras, film and flatbed scanners, and laser printers. Students can create everything from interactive Web pages to 3-D images and animations.
The Crafts Center houses the jewelry and ceramics studios. The ceramics studio is fully equipped for hand-building and throwing on the pottery wheel. There are gas and electric kilns, along with a large outdoor facility for Raku, primitive firings and wood firing in an anagama kiln.
The Sculpture Building houses the woodshop, machine shop, welding shop and the Foundation Studios.
Printmaking Workshop and Paper Mill
The Printmaking Shop and Paper Mill have areas for intaglio, monotype, screenprinting and papermaking. The workshop also includes a darkroom, vacuum exposure room, acid room, screen washout area and printmaking studios.
Interactive Multimedia Arts Laboratory
Located in Humanities Hall, this facility provide digital art and design students with access to 65 networked computers and an additional 15 Windows-based Intel stations, all networked with Web access at every station, within 6 comfortable and spacious rooms. Students have access to full-color printers as well as flatbed scanners (which scan 2D or 3D images) and b&w/color video. In each of the facility’s rooms, projection screens provide easy viewing for demonstrations.
Fine Arts Center
Home to the Department of Music, the Fine Arts Center is a magnificent American Colonial-style mansion that features classrooms, practice rooms, private lesson areas and offices.
Music Technology Lab
Located in the Fine Arts Center, the state-of-the-art lab offers instruction in electronic keyboards, MIDI sequencing, notation software, digital audio, ear-practice training and composition.
In the 17-station Keyboard Lab, located in the LIU Post Fine Arts Center, students broaden their musicianship and keyboard skills taking courses in keyboard harmony. In addition, music education students use the lab to further develop their own musicality while studying techniques needed to be effective classroom teachers.
Music Rehearsal Building
A multi-purpose facility, this free-standing building is used for concert preparation and music classes.
This 90-seat room is located in Winnick House, an historic Tudor-style mansion that is the centerpiece of LIU Post. Student recitals are held several times a month in this grand living area that was once the former home of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and financial wizard E.F. Hutton.
Hillwood Recital Hall
Located in Hillwood Commons, the 490-seat Hillwood Recital Hall serves as both a lecture hall and recital space for dance, theatre and concerts.