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Visual Arts and Performing Arts
On Tuesday, May 18 (time and place TBD), the arts rejoice as we celebrate accomplishments and awards with a special event, Festival of the Arts. We will begin with the official induction ceremony of the National Art Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society, recognizing our students for their contributions of service through the visual and performing arts. The Festival continues with two additional dimensions: the premiere of the Annual Fine Arts Show and the Senior Showcase. We will share more details in the weeks to come.
The Arts Spring to Life through Virtual Platforms
The originals are out of reach for now, but you can still see the artwork of our exceptionally talented Merion Mercy artists. Much like some of the most famous museums in the world, MMA is broadening access to art. Students used virtual gallery space to showcase their masterpieces. The virtual gallery also includes a tribute to alumna and benefactor Mrs. Frances McLaughlin Maguire '53. Enjoy the School's first virtual Festival of the Arts here.
Additionally, explore the cross-curricular collaboration project, "World Outside My Window." This innovative and timely initiative came out of the Art and English Departments, which worked together to pair drawings of window views with texts that reveal—either physically or allegorically—what the drawings cannot. Each drawing offered a writer a chance to journey through the world as seen through the artist’s window. Taken together, these views resonate. Click here to view.
Click here to view photos from MMA's Festival of the Arts 2019.
MMA Students Are Visionaries!
The Visual Arts program at MMA 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.
An art major is offered 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 six recent pieces of art, an essay and interview with the art department head.
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. Students qualify to be registered with the National Art Education Association and to be inducted each May at Merion after providing at least 15 hours of art-related service to those in need.
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. Click here for application form and criteria.
The Frances M. Maguire '53 Art & Design Gallery
We are so serious about the study of art that a new art and design center recently opened as part of the Upward & Onward Campaign. The inspiring art studios are equipped with everything needed for all forms of art instruction–fine art to digital design. The space also includes a student exhibit gallery.