Visual Arts

Student Drawing

The Medium is the Message

Clay, painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, architecture, design, and textiles. If you are a student interested in the visual arts, SAS and our faculty of working artists are ready to guide you to the next level of creative expression. Visual Arts classes are designed to meet the needs of the beginning art student while challenging those who are more advanced. Classes may be taken individually or repeatedly. There are no prerequisites for these courses, but repeating students should expect adjusted studio assignments. Students may expect to create three or more portfolio appropriate works each semester.

In the Middle of Things

Because we believe that creativity is central to a complete education, the SAS studios are located smack dab in the middle of our main academic building. Natural light pours in to our studios, providing you with welcoming and inspiring spaces. Our clay studio includes 18 pottery wheels and a gas-fired kiln and a soda/salt kiln. Clay courses focus on form, design and purpose with an emphasis on gaining technical skills and knowledge.

The Brains of the Operation

Our art teachers welcome students of all levels of experience into their courses. Your teachers are active artists who understand the joys, challenges, and business of creating art and sending it into the world.

The SAS Art Gallery provides exhibition space for the dynamic Visiting Artist Program as well as student exhibitions. Art spills out across campus with student work in our hallways and sculptures (executed as joint projects between our students and visiting artists) visible across campus.

Plein Air
Copper Art
Clay Studio
Student at pottery wheel

Creating Artists

We don't know if it's our outstanding faculty, our emphasis on creativity, or the inspiration of our surrounding landscape but SAS seems to inspire a lot of students to pursue a career in the arts. Recent graduates have attended some of the country's most prestigious art schools including:

  • Alfred University
  • Art Center College of Design
  • Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Art Institute of Boston
  • The Corcoran School of Art
  • International Academy of Design & Technology
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Otis College of Art and Design
  • Parson's School of Design
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  • School of Visual Arts

Arts Faculty

Rachel Malde

Rachel Malde

Titles: Middle School Coordinator, Arts Department Chair, Photography, IDE8, Service Coordinator, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Co-Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., The University of the South
J.R. Ankney

J.R. Ankney

Titles: Music & Music Production, Musical Director, Chapel Music Director, Music Lessons Coordinator
Degrees: B.M.Ed., Berklee College of Music
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3209
Kinion Asmus

Kinion Asmus

Titles: Humanities, Art History, 8th Grade Class Coordinator, Textile Arts, Adventure Cycling, Literary Magazine
Degrees: B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 1017
Elizabeth Bowie

Elizabeth Bowie

Titles: Visual Arts, Language Introduction, Lead House Parent (Warner), Varsity Girls' Soccer, Mind*Body*Exercise, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Photography/Spanish, The University of the South
M.A., Art History - Fine and Decorative Art, Sotheby's Institute of Art
M.A., Design and Visual Communication, Edinburgh College of Art
Chelsea Padro

Chelsea Padro

Titles: Theater, Filmmaking, McCrory Hall Coordinator, Creative Expression, Residential Faculty, AOC (Tuesday), 11th Grade Level Program Lead, Weekend Activities Coordinator
Degrees: B.A., Theatre Arts, Nazareth College of Rochester
M.A., Theatre Education, The Catholic University of America
Margaret Wilson

Margaret Wilson

Class of 2016
Titles: Farm Educator, Functional Pottery, Art, Adventure Education, Residential Faculty
Degrees: B.A., Psychology, Warren Wilson College

Arts & Public Events

Arts News

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Ceramic Bowl by Sam Lu

The SAS Gallery is hosting Empty Bowls, an exhibition of vessels created by SAS students. The show opens on April 6 and will remain on exhibition until Monday, April 25. The public is invited to a reception and ice cream social on Friday, April 22 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m at which time the bowls will be available for purchase with all proceeds going to Sewanee’s Community Action Committee (CAC), an outreach program of St. Mark & St. Paul Parish Church.

Visual Arts