Visual Arts


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.

Art Major

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.

painting sculptures
student painting
student with artwork

"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.

2023 Festival of the Arts (scroll through our Photo Gallery)

2022 Festival of the Arts

2021 Festival of the Arts

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.

Visual Arts Team

Maria Boyd '72

Maria Boyd '72

Art Teacher; Department Chair
Marie Latham

Marie Latham

Art Teacher