The Art Department at Exeter provides exciting, professional and rigorous studio experiences that explore a variety of art mediums in state-of-the-art studios in the Frederick R. Mayer Art Center.

Studio courses emphasize a strong blend of technical skills and creative analysis that fosters teamwork, stylistic growth and visual communication. Cutting-edge technology and innovation are connected to traditional studio processes and techniques in sophisticated, contemporary practices.

The Exeter Art Faculty is composed of practicing artists, each with a specialty in a particular discipline. This paradigm cultivates a creative environment where students make personal discoveries that are pivotal in their intellectual development.

Exeter art students are consistently recognized for excellence in the visual arts by the National Scholastic Art Awards, receiving Gold and Silver Keys at the annual ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Student artwork is exhibited in various venues on campus, including the Phelps Academy Center, the Admissions Office, the Lamont Health & Wellness Center, the Dean of Faculty Office and the Office of the Principal. Each spring, the Senior Art Show celebrates the work of graduating Exonians in the Lamont Gallery.

ART + CITY + FOOD is a program funded by an Exeter alumnus that provides a fresh, urban experience for Exeter art students to explore art museums and investigate visual culture in an off-campus setting. The Michael Clark Rockefeller '56 Memorial Visiting Artists Fund provides opportunities for Exeter art students to interact with significant contemporary artists and create unique works in a master class environment. Visiting artists offer engaging slide talks in the Jan P. Mayer Auditorium. The Special Projects Studio provides a workspace for visiting artists to create work and interact with art students, adjacent to the teaching studios.


Ceramics Class Throws Its Weight Behind "Bring A Mug!" Sustainability Program

May 9, 2014

Students create ceramic mugs to help Grill's sustainability program

Phillips Exeter Academy Welcomes Artist William Wegman

April 24, 2014

Slide talk Thursday, May 1 at 7 p.m. in Assembly Hall. Wegman will work with art students during the day.

'Empowering Portraits'

February 3, 2014

Inspired by the work of French photographer J R, PEA advanced photography students took large-scale photos of PEA employees. 'Empowering Portraits' is on display in the Academy Library. Opening Reception February 9, 6:30 p.m.

Lamont Gallery Presents 'Open Hearts Open Doors: Reflections on China's Past & Future'—Photographic Works by Elizabeth Gill Lui

January 14, 2014

A visual, historical journey of traditional Chinese villages in rural southeast China by Lui P'95.

Poetry Unleashed

December 20, 2013

Poetry was in full view fall term—written on windows and blackboards, on a huge magnetic board outside Lamont Gallery, splayed across Academy Library surfaces and even rolled onto the platen of an old manual typewriter.

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