In the Walnut Hill Visual Art Department, students master fundamental artistic concepts while exploring varied techniques and mediums. Student artists acquire foundational skills and hone their creative impulses through personal practice, faculty guidance, and exposure to the work of peers. Classes ranging from drawing, ceramics, and painting to photography and apparel design are taught by faculty mentors who are also professional artists, attuned to the continual evolution of the arts world. Throughout the department, process is valued, focus is balanced by fun, and experimentation is celebrated. In addition to producing a portfolio of work, purposeful artistic practice allows students to build greater self-awareness and confidence, and develop an open mind-set crucial to their success in future pursuits.
Thanks to the exposure to and practice in a variety of mediums, Walnut Hill visual art students develop an impressive portfolio of work with which to apply to continue their artistic studies. Many students also choose to pursue other avenues such as liberal arts studies while continuing their art. View our complete matriculation list.
Our visual art students have achieved some impressive professional accomplishments since their time on the Hill, in the art world and beyond, alumni include:
Christine Waggoner ’95, Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios
Jack McCollough ’97, Co-founder and designer of the New York-based brand Proenza Schouler
Jake Fried ’02, Artist, animator, and educator
Jonah Freeman ’93, Visual Artist represented by Marlborough Galleries in New York
Kristin Sancken ’05, Independent Curator and Art Consultant
Luke Rothschild ’89, Co-founder, Designer and Visual Artist with String Theory
Maximilian Pelzmann ’92, Visual Artist and Sculptor
Meredith Danluck ’94, Artist, film producer and director
Susan Strickler ’69, Former Director and CEO of the Currier Museum of Art