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Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Painting in the RAC

“Art is a way to lay out for the world to see all those feelings that words cannot express.”

Madison Oh ’23


Sofia: Art with a Purpose

Visual arts students learn the fundamentals of technique and design working with our dedicated faculty, who are accomplished artists in their own right as well as committed professional educators. From a curriculum focused on individual growth and self-expression, students can choose classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture, glass, digital photography, film and video production, digital animation and special effects in video, graphic design and digital art, and 3D fabrication and craft. The department also offers after-school art immersion programs that give students opportunities to take a deep dive into areas that might not be covered in other arts classes; one recent program focused on fashion.

Because many of our courses do not require previous experience in the visual arts, students at all skill levels find the department and its programs particularly welcoming and a great place to take risks and have fun trying something new.

Visual Arts Curriculum        Arts Facilities

Featured Work

Painting by Chloe Eng ’23

Chloe Eng ’23

Pod Landing artwork by Seth Sukboontip ’23

Pod Landing
Seth Sukboontip ’23

Artwork by Sofia Mansilla ’23

Sofia Mansilla ’23

Drawing by Julie Kang ’23

Julie Kang ’23

Ceramics sculpture by Ellen Olender ’22

Ellen Olender ’22

Artwork by Sophia Chen ’22

Sophia Chen ’22

Veiled Transparency: Suit by Abhiram Muthavarapu ’23

Veiled Transparency: Suit
Abhiram Muthavarapu ’23

Painting of a peacock by Hayden Garside ’23

Hayden Garside ’23

Drawing by Lindsay Cooper ’23

Lindsay Cooper ’23

Ceramics sculpture by Logan Elie ’24

Logan Elie ’24

“The quality of the light and space in the Richmond Art Center is on par [with] or better than some of the higher ed spaces and studios I have taught in previously.”

christian.ryan Visual Arts Faculty
Director of the Mercy Gallery

Visiting Artist Program

Share the Studio with Professional Visiting Artists

Throughout the school year, the visual arts faculty invite artists from a range of backgrounds and with a variety of styles to take up short-term residency on the Island. The Visiting Artist Program offers Loomis Chaffee students an experiential learning opportunity — observing and participating in the process of an artist creating their work. In doing so, the professional artists can explain their inspirations, share techniques, and provide mentoring for students.


Mercy Gallery

Mercy Gallery

The RAC has wonderful exhibition space, including the Mercy Gallery, for showcasing professional and student works. 

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Meet the Visual Arts Faculty

Melanie Carr

Melanie Carr

Visual Arts Faculty
YoonJee Kwak

YoonJee Kwak

Visual Arts Faculty
Elizabeth Messina

Elizabeth Messina

Digital Arts Teacher
Stacy-Ann Rowe

Stacy-Ann Rowe

Visual Arts Department Head; Associate Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Head of Ammidon Hall
Christian Ryan

Christian Ryan

Visual Arts Faculty, Director of the Mercy Gallery
Mark Zunino

Mark Zunino

Visual Arts; Director Visiting Artist Program


Mercy Gallery opening
Upcoming Arts Events

Learn about upcoming performances, plays, gallery openings, and more.

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