Sarah Porter believed in art as an essential component of a rigorous education as it nurtures self-awareness and the integration of disciplines. She constructed impressive art facilities and drew fine artists to teach at her school. Her vision continues today, with Porter’s maintaining the tradition of hands-on work while incorporating the latest technologies.
Olin Arts and Science Center features a painting and ceramics studio, each with 25-foot ceilings and 500 feet of windows; a computer art lab with the most current programs and equipment; a multi-media studio for jewelry and textiles; and a photography studio and dark room. In the Ford Library, students have access to a film and video studio.
Students are afforded the opportunity to exhibit their work alongside the work of professionals in campus galleries. Advanced Placement students each have their own shows during the spring semester and female artists often are welcomed as visiting artists, gallery artists, and mentors and offer feedback to students by discussing student portfolios.