Upon entering the O'Brien Arts Center, one is immediately greeted by the Warner Gallery and the vibrant displays of creativity on display inside. The gallery currently showcases student work from each offered art discipline, including painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. Art teacher John McGiff describes student gallery openings as "the most energetic gatherings for the students, because they get to admire and question their peers about what they value and how they tell their stories."
The winter student gallery opened on Friday, March 2, the night before the community left for Spring Break. With wind speeds reaching 30 mph and the temperature near freezing, the conditions were less than ideal to travel across campus to see the exhibit. However, the gallery was buzzing as soon as the doors opened at 6:45 p.m. Students, faculty, and parents packed the gallery to observe and admire peers' and students' work.
Art teacher Katie Lillard '05 recognized the energy, "Our students really show up for each other! That's what I saw on Friday night. It was raining and cold, and still the gallery was filled with kids congratulating one another on their beautiful work! A lot of effort and conscious investigation took place in front of the easels this winter. What it yielded, in addition to beauty and contemplation, was a platform for us all to connect with each other in the midst of our vulnerability through exposure."
John McGiff explained, "All of us in the visual arts regard the critique process as central to students being reflective about their work and clarifying their vision about what next best steps are within their reach. To this end, all classes are asked to visit the student show exhibitions, outside of the Opening Night festivities, to hone their critical edges and find inspiration from their peers' work."
The Warner Gallery is open daily for observation of displayed student or visiting artist work. Each year, the Arts department invites four visiting artists to campus from different backgrounds and disciplines to share their work in the gallery with our community. The School strives to bring artists to campus whose work connects to other academic disciplines such as the humanities, language, and science departments.