MMA Students Are Visionaries!
The Visual Arts program at Merion Mercy enables our students to find their creative voice and express their dreams, stories, and view of the world through use of visual media. The study of art also enhances self-esteem, cognition, and critical thinking.
Many art processes, techniques, forms and art tools are implemented across the program. Everything from creating with pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and pastels to working with clay in sculpting, to 2D, 3D, and graphic design, printmaking, computer graphics, and more is experienced within the Art Department curriculum.
Our art major program begins in sophomore year. Art graduates garner important skills that will last their entire lives; they will be able to create, produce, and present their art while making connections - both interpersonal and abstract. The prerequisite for an art major is the presentation of recent pieces of art, an essay and interview with the art department head.
"Merion Mercy's Visual Arts program is wonderful. It is giving me the tools to turn this passion toward a career path. I am blessed by our wonderful art teachers and beautiful Art and Design Gallery."
—Shannon Pagan '23, Drexel Hill, Pa.
Festival of the Arts
Each spring the Art Department celebrates our students’ accomplishments during the Festival of the Arts. The event begins with the official induction ceremony of the National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, which recognizes students for their service contributions through the visual and performing arts. The Festival includes the Annual Fine Arts Show and the Senior Showcase.
The Arts Spring to Life through Virtual Platforms
Much like some of the most famous museums in the world, MMA is broadening access to art. In addition to our live show each spring, a virtual show is accessible to all.
National Art Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society is based on the principles of Art Scholarship, Character, and Service. All students are invited to NAHS with the understanding that members use their creative talents in service of others. After providing at least 15 hours of art-related service to those in need, these qualified students are registered with the National Art Education Association and are inducted each spring at Merion's official induction ceremony.
Fine Arts Scholarship
The Sister Ethel Sweeney, RSM Fine Arts Scholarship is a partial scholarship awarded to one student for each year she attends Merion Mercy. See our Tuition, Scholarships and Financial Aid page for more information.