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Visual Arts

Experimentation. Exploration. Creativity. Dana Hall’s visual artists are sensitive observers of themselves and the world around them.
In the Upper School, courses in architecture, art history, ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography and other media expose students to innovative work from many different cultures and help them develop skills in visual language and creative exploration. Middle School students engage in art-making experiences that emphasize careful observation, critical thinking, and self-expression through a variety of media and art forms including drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and paper-mache.

Courses are taught at the beginning through to advanced levels, including AP Art History and AP Studio Art, offering strong sequences for portfolio preparation and college admission.

When they’re not in the studio, student artists can access local museums, attend lectures by visiting artists or tour exhibits in Dana Hall’s own Art Gallery. Student artwork is exhibited and celebrated throughout the school on an ongoing basis.

Scholastic Arts Winners 2023

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the United States. Dana Hall students stood out from thousands of entries, and received many awards and honorable mentions—with some students winning multiple awards.

The Dana Hall Art Gallery

Working with a variety of sources including Dana alumnae, current and past faculty, local and regional artists and most importantly, students, the Dana Hall Art Gallery hosts multiple exhibits throughout the year.

The Senior Art Show is an annual exhibit, where students in their final year use the Gallery to exhibit their artwork in May.

The Dana Hall Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Upper School Building.

The Gallery is open during the school day (weekdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) when school is in session. 

student paints a mural on a wall of the Dana Hall Art Gallery

A student contributes to ARTFUNHOUSE, the first gallery exhibit of the 2021-22 school year.

Artist-in-Residence Program

The Scattergood-Moore Artist-in-Residence Program brings a young, up-and-coming female artist from a diverse background to Dana Hall. The Artist-in-Residence sets up studio in the Dana Art Gallery, creates new work, gives gallery talks to visitors, and engages current students by sharing her ideas, expertise, and working methods. 

Established in 2016 to honor former Dana Hall art teacher Gene Scattergood-Moore, the program was initiated through a generous gift by a Dana Hall graduate.

The 2019 Scattergood-Moore Artist-in-Residence was Dinora Justice. Ms. Justice works in drawing, painting, and installation art, with a concentration on highly patterned surfaces that create images inspired by the figure and nature.

Mirage 2023

Mirage is Dana Hall's literary magazine, which features stories, poetry, and visual art created by Upper School students. 

2021 edition

2022 edition