The Arts, both visual and performing, are essential to life, learning and creative problem solving. The Art Department at Westover provides an immersive and varied program that facilitates an interchange of ideas that encourages students to become more aware of the world around them. Through collaborative and independent learning processes and the mastery of thoroughly taught skills, students learn to see clearly, listen acutely, think critically, and to explore creatively so that they can move and express themselves with confidence.


The Arts, both visual and performing, are essential to life and to learning. Art courses encourage a student to become more aware of the world around her, to appreciate beauty, and to make use of thoroughly taught skills to express herself with confidence.

Two credits in the Arts are required for graduation. Freshmen and new sophomores are required to take Introduction to Visual Art, and those planning to take Advanced Studio courses should take Elements of Art.

View the entire Curriculum Guide

Department Chairs

Bob Havery, Performing
Juilliard School, B.M., M.S.

Sara Poskas, Visual

Oberlin College, BA
University of Illinois, MA
Teaching Certification

In the Arts Events

"Working with your students for Diversity Day Workshops was not only enjoyable but also proved to be a powerful collaboration. In asking them to help me decide the placement of the various elements of my installation, they experienced the surprises that come when the artist edits his or her work in the gallery and I found that their input changed the way I looked at my own work. It was through that collaboration that the current layout of the installation exists."

Who: Susan McCaslin

When: March 19 through May 4

Exhibition Title: “Protection/Protected”

Artist Statement:

What began as an interest in a legend—a Connecticut itinerant from the nineteenth century—has evolved into a study of protection, both literal and emotional.
The path I am following, like that of the wanderer, has guided me towards a renewed interest in nature and to a new appreciation of the many forms of shelter devised by humans and non-humans alike.

This need for protection is inborn but as we travel our own paths, each of us develop particular strategies for keeping ourselves and others safe from harm. Whether it be the seemingly harmless barbs of sarcasm or the devastating harm of physical and sexual abuse; whether it be the distrust of a person or the distrust of the ground we stand on, we seek protection for ourselves and others. Caves, burrows, houses, cars, clothing, isolation, popularity, depression, behaviour—these are just a few of the layerings we create.

This installation, Wall/Paper II, covers three gallery walls with 2600 strips of newspaper, each attached to the wall with one clothespin. The six inch by twenty-two inch strips have been soaked in a bath of Sumi Ink and water and hung to dry on a clothesline in my studio. It took twenty-six sessions of dying these sheets of paper, one hundred at a time. As I touched each one, I listened to podcasts about, kindness, slowing down, memory, confidence, art theory, organization techniques and more. And when I switched to music, I would remember old times like hanging laundry in the winter with my grandmother, putting my hand in the bag of ice-cold clothespins, feeling them and hearing them click against each other. And I remember the weight of the sheets as we hung them over the line, smoothing them with our hands, the same way I smoothed these strips in preparation for this exhibit. For me, Wall/Paper II not only contains information from the printed page, it also absorbed the information that I heard, and my memories that came to light, as I bathed, dyed, and hung the strips to dry.

LBD Performing Arts Center

LBD Performing Arts Center

In Novemeber of 1961, ground was broken for the construction of the Louise Bulkley Dillingham Student Activities Building (LBD).
In 1962, the building was officially dedicated in honor of Westover's second headmistress.
In 1963, Coagess noted that the LBD was "a building which increased opportunity, while preserving Westover's essential spirit." The original structure was designed to house both the School's athletic facilities and its performing arts space.

Westover's Schumacher Gallery, located in the LBD Performing Arts Center, exhibits work throughout the year by professional artists, including photography, painting, ceramics and multimedia works.

More information can be found on the In The Gallery Page.