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Parking Advisory

With forecast heavy rains for Saturday and the potential for both river and flash flooding, students are asked to avoid parking in low-lying areas of parking lots C, D, E (along the tree line), F (eastern most entrance by the pond), and N-Annex. Cars should now be on higher ground within these lots or in Lot F (by Konover Campus Center). Vehicles should be returned to their assigned parking lots by 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

Elisa Sheehan

Elisa Sheehan

Elisa Sheehan

Artist, Designer

Saratoga, NY

B.F.A., Visual Communication Design; Minor, Art History, 2009

Upon graduating from HAS in 2001, I was fortunate to land a great job at a small design firm located just outside of Boston, MA. My boss was a really wonderful woman and a mentor to me. Because it was a small firm, I was able to learn so much (running a business, hands on design, client relations and project management). When my husband and I relocated to upstate New York, I decided to try my hand at starting my own design studio. I’ve been in business now for 13 years! But design wasn’t enough for me and some years ago, I decided to get back to my roots and explore my desire to paint. One summer I devoted every Friday to painting so that I could both have that creative release from my design work but also to gear up for a solo show at a local gallery. The show was a success and thus began my 2nd career as a painter. I now juggle both careers and my fine art career is starting to gain some traction, which is so fulfilling.


There are so many things that HAS helped prepare me for in my careers. In design classes, I learned to think critically and look at a problem from every angle. During critiques, I learned how to see the point of view of others and how to communicate both what I was trying to accomplish and simply how to have an open dialogue with another person. In painting or sculpture class, I took away the idea of play and experimentation. It’s so easy to get caught up in getting to a final “product” and accomplishing something but having that spark of imagination, of trying to get out what’s in your head, of trying something and failing at the execution; that’s what a good art school does. It gives you that foundation of never-ending curiosity about art and that desire to constantly pursue ways to create.

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