The mission of the Art Department is to introduce Exeter students to the studio-based exploration of a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms, as well as the history of art.

A wide range of courses are available to support this mission and to accommodate the beginning to the experienced art student, emphasizing hands-on studio experiences and related class assignments. Students are exposed to art forms, materials, and techniques to inspire their own art works. Both studio and art history courses introduce the students to the cultures, movements and artists that make up the world of art.

The Frederick R. Mayer Art Center provides superb facilities for instruction in architecture, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture, and the use of computers is incorporated into the curriculum of some art courses.

Photography classrooms and the Jan P. Mayer Auditorium are located in the Academy Building, which is connected to the Mayer Art Center. The Lamont Gallery introduces students to works by acclaimed artists through a yearly exhibition series. Student works are displayed on the outside of the Gallery and other locations throughout the department, with the highlight of each year the spring term Senior Art Show.


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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