Visual Arts

Every student has the potential to be an artist.

At Peddie, we are committed to developing that potential. Our faculty offers guidance diverse approaches including Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Installation Art, Photography, Architecture and Film. Students also have opportunities to view exhibitions from visiting artists and display their own work in the Mariboe Gallery. Featuring field trips each term to venues ranging from The Metropolitain Museum of Art to Chelsea art galleries, our visual arts program inspires young artists to develop their own creative voices.

Mariboe Art Gallery

Located in the Swig Arts Center, our Mariboe Gallery hosts provocative and engaging exhibits by visiting artists and our own students and faculty.

The Arts at Peddie
PEDDIE THEATER HOLDS

4

STAGE PRODUCTIONS EACH YEAR
EACH DAY

300

STUDENTS ARE INVOLVED IN OUR ARTS PROGRAM
OUR MUSIC DEPARTMENT HAS

12

PERFORMANCE GROUPS
WE HOLD

2

SPEAKING CONTESTS ANNUALLY
OUR AUDITORIUM HOLDS

535

SEATS AND AN ORCHESTRA PIT
PEDDIE ARTS DEPARTMENT OFFERS

23

COURSES EACH YEAR

Arts Calendar

William Mount-Burke Theatre in Geiger Reeves Hall

A beloved Peddie tradition, the Freshman Musical is born out of a fall term class for ninth grade student actors of all levels. Unique in class structure and execution, it is most famous for being a one-night only, all-school event. Expect a full house for this year's production of Peter Pan!

Mariboe Gallery, Swig Arts Center

Victor Webster is an artist from New Zealand that makes prints and ink drawings, on hand made paper, that explores Polynesian, Micronesian, and New Zealand culture.

Ayer Memorial Chapel

Students, faculty and staff, alumni and their families are welcomed to Ayer Memorial Chapel to attend this age-old Peddie Tradition. Vespers marks the start of winter break and carves out a moment of peace for the community during a hectic time of year. It is an evening of readings, songs and performances both festive and reverent that culminates with a visit from Santa Claus and a community rendition of Handel's Messiah.

William Mount-Burke Theatre in Geiger Reeves Hall

One of Peddie's oldest traditions, the Declamation Contest is an adjudicated competition featuring four-minute performances from a variety of genres including theater and film.

Meet our Faculty

Catherine Watkins

Catherine Watkins

Director of Visual Arts
B.A., Yale University
M.A., Syracuse University
Arts, History, Visual Arts
Joyce Chen

Joyce Chen

Teacher
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
M.A.T., Rhode Island School of Design
Arts, Visual Arts
Jonathan Harkel

Jonathan Harkel

Teacher
Arts, Visual Arts
Claudio Middleton

Claudio Middleton

Teacher
B.A., Catholic Univ of Valpara¡so, Inst of History (Chile )
M.A., Catholic Univ of Valpara¡so, Inst of History (Chile )
Arts, Language, Visual Arts


It's what they do

Our visual arts faculty are working artists; when they are not in the classroom, they are seeking out opportunities to perform and develop their crafts. Here's where our visual arts faculty were this summer:

Cathy Watkins, Director of Visual Arts
Patricia O'Neill

Teaching AP Art History can take you almost anywhere! Watkins spent time in Europe visiting museums, galleries, prehistoric and historic sites.