Arts

Photography students with teacher at Res
Godspell cast holding signs
Tape Art 2019

St. Andrew's-Sewanee has long enjoyed a strong reputation for its arts programs, an integral part of the curriculum.

At SAS, the arts are not extras.

McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts is the first thing you'll see when you drive on to our campus. That's because the arts will be central to your SAS experience whether you choose the role of performer, artist, or appreciative audience. It's right there in our mission statement—To bring all members of the community to a richer aesthetic awareness. Because we believe the arts are as essential as math, if you want to participate and are willing to work hard, we have a place for you in the cast, choir, studio, gallery, or ensemble—right from the moment you walk on to campus.

Tailor-Made to Your Talents

You know how people say, “It's not all about you"? Well, here it is. We choose our productions and gallery shows based on the interests and talents of our students. If we can't teach the instrument you're studying, we'll find you someone who can. If a performance group doesn't already exist, we'll help you to find some like-minded students and put it together. Our students asked for film classes and we developed film classes. You dream it; we'll help you get there.

Out from under the bushel

Two major theater productions (one a musical), two concerts, two student art shows, and four Creative Expression Assemblies are the norm each year.  But that's not all, each year students and faculty members are invited to join the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and Sewanee's Perpetual Motion and Nutcracker dance performances.

Clap, clap, clap

It's not just student-generated art, we have six working artists on our faculty, welcome professional musicians and artists to campus throughout the year, have access to the cultural offerings of the University of the South (including two performances by the American Shakespeare Center each year), and plan weekend trips to Nashville, Chattanooga, and Atlanta to enjoy arts offerings there.

Just playing around?

In addition to formal classes and performances, SAS provides students with a multitude of opportunities to just get together and enjoy making music or creating scenes. Slip away to the Chapel to play quietly by yourself or join a few friends to jam on one of the house porches. When you're ready to share your talents, sign up for Creative Expression Assembly, a quarterly opportunity for students to perform for the most appreciative and supportive audience on the planet.

Arts Facilities

Numbers refer to location on Campus Map.

Theater with students moving

Built in 1929 as a gymnasium, the building was transformed in 1981 to provide a spacious classroom and rehearsal studio.

Student working at pottery wheel

Located in the Simmonds Building, our art facilities include three studios.

Arts Faculty

Rachel Malde

Rachel Malde

Titles: Middle School Coordinator, Arts Department Chair, Special Studies, IDE8, Service Coordinator, Photography
Degrees: B.A., The University of the South
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J.R. Ankney

J.R. Ankney

Titles: Music Teacher, Musical Director, Chapel Music Director, House Parent (Harvey)
Degrees: B.M.Ed., Berklee College of Music
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3209
Burki Gladstone

Burki Gladstone

Titles: Visual Arts, Afternoon Program Coordinator, Mind*Body*Exercise, House Parent (Colmore), Art Gallery & Visiting Artist Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Denison University
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
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Osei Hill

Osei Hill

Class of 2007
Titles: Visual Arts, House Parent (Harvey), Varsity Girls' Basketball (Head), Track and Field, House Program Leader (Christabel), Tech 6
Degrees: B.Arch., Tuskegee University
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Julie Jones

Julie Jones

Titles: Librarian, Visual Arts
Degrees: B.A., Indiana University
M.A., University of Iowa
M.F.A., University of Iowa
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3143

Chelsea Padro

Titles: Theater, Filmmaking, McCrory Hall Coordinator, Creative Expression, House Parent (Warner/St. Mary's)
Degrees: B.A., Theatre Arts, Nazareth College of Rochester
M.A., Theatre Education, The Catholic University of America
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Kinion Pond

Kinion Pond

Titles: Humanities 8, English, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Yearbook & Lit Mag, Art History
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017

Interested in the arts at SAS? Participate in one of our gallery workshops, enjoy a concert or performance, or request an arts class for your campus visit.

Arts & Public Events

Alumni Artists

Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Sean Bridgers '86

2011 Distinguished Alumni Award
Actor, Screenwriter, and Producer

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