Visual Arts

Every child is an artist: The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
— Pablo Picasso

The Visual Arts Department at MPS strives to give a variety of opportunities to all students. Mercyhurst Prep values the inclusion of creative arts classes in every student’s schedule and sees the benefit of how the visual arts can enhance learning across the curriculum. Classes range from beginner level art classes such as Art Foundations and level one Ceramics to more advanced studio classes like Painting, Advanced Painting, Photography and Art Seminar, which can prepare the artistically driven students for a collegiate art curriculum.

Meet the Visual Arts Faculty

All practicing artists in their field, the visual arts faculty have been providing students with knowledge that only hands-on experience can give. With the reputation for being the best in the area, the Visual Arts Department at MPS challenges students to be creative thinkers, talented artists, and giving members to the community. Students have lent their talents to many community projects over the years. Members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) have been involved in yearly service projects helping organizations like Erie Dawn. Students have also brought their talents to murals that can be found at Brevillier Village, local schools and other area institutions. MPS and the visual arts faculty find it to be imperative to not only teach students the technical skills needed to achieve success in the art world but also the skills necessary in becoming a successful citizen in our global community.

A Mercyhurst Prep arts preparation enables students to continue their studies at many fine programs at the university level. Among the schools students have attended are:

  • Carnegie-Melon
  • Tyler School of Art
  • Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Penn State University
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Pratt Institute of Art
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Kent State University
  • Alfred University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Case Western Reserve
  • Boston University
  • University of the Arts London
  • Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Edinboro University
  • Mercyhurst University

Along with this impressive list of schools, students have gone on to study a variety of majors and have become successful practicing visual artists, designers, art teachers and professors, illustrators and architects, and have entered newer fields like computer animation and new media design.

Creative Arts Gallery

Arts Programs at MPS

At Mercyhurst Prep we pride ourselves on the success of our renowned Creative Arts Department, comprised of the Visual Arts Department and the Performing Arts Department. The MPS tradition of nurturing each student’s appreciation for music, visual and performing arts is the ever-present essence of our school beginning with the region’s largest outdoor mural adorning the front façade of our school to our hallways.

Students can participate in studio arts, dance, music, photography, and theater. Mercyhurst Prep offers 49 courses in the performing and visual arts, and the arts faculty is comprised of active award-winning artists who are regularly engaged in exhibiting, performing, and teaching in the community.

The arts provide one of the essential and basic languages that extends the range of communication.  Such expression is a central force in human existence. Literacy in the arts for all students centers on the idea that each of the arts functions as a tool for creative expression as well as for the development of higher order thinking and problem solving skills.