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The Arts at BGA

Developing Talent and Creativity

The arts are an essential piece of the BGA educational experience, providing opportunities for students to express themselves fully through various mediums while learning to see and make connections to the world around them.

Visual Arts

Our visual arts program begins in kindergarten and continues throughout Upper School, with classes available to students in every grade and after-school opportunities in each division for students who want to pursue their interests and passions beyond the typical classroom experience.

On the Glen Echo campus, all visual art classes are held in the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center. Natural light pours into our studios, where students explore art history, painting, color and design, drawing, printmaking, and sculpting. Throughout the year, BGA hosts student, alumni, and visiting artist exhibits in the center’s on-campus gallery, which is open to the public. 

Drawing of Hunting Dog
Painting on Canvas Next to Paint Palettes
Studio Art Display
Student Cutting Clay for Pottery

Performing Arts

Beginning in kindergarten, our students perform in front of their peers at various special events and grade-level assemblies as they hone their vocal, instrumental, dramatic, and public speaking skills. In Middle and Upper School, those offerings expand to include more than 30 courses in drama and vocal and instrumental instruction, as well as multiple large-scale productions of musicals and plays.

The Sondra Morris & Robert N. Moore, Jr. ’52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship, located on our Glen Echo campus, is the hub of our performing arts program. The center’s 550-seat theatre is a performance space for BGA students of all ages, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound technology. The center also includes performing arts classrooms, makeup and dressing rooms, a black box theatre, and a makerspace for set design and building.

Performer Singing During Christmas Program
Student Playing Saxophone
Students Singing in an Outdoor Concert
Student Holding Applause Sign During a Play

Arts Calendar

Arts News

Laughter's On the Menu with BGA's Upper School Production of "The Government Inspector"

Battle Ground Academy’s Upper School Theatre Department will be presenting The Government Inspector by Nikoli Goglo at the new Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore Jr. ’52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship

Performances are set for Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place, and tickets will be limited to allow for social distancing and must be purchased by going here

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Senior Elizabeth Small Receives Fourth Quarter Mary Campbell Easel Award

Elizabeth Small '21 has been chosen to receive BGA's fourth quarter Mary Campbell Easel Award. Elizabeth is a risk taker when it comes to working with a variety of materials and has a vibrant, eclectic perspective which earned her the "Most Imaginative Artist" award this year.

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BGA Fourth Graders Participate in Songwriting Workshop

BGA fourth graders recently made their way to the Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. '52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship for a songwriting workshop as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame Words and Music Program. 

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BGA Students’ Artwork Wins Awards

Artwork by Julia Evans ‘27, Sam Wright ‘26, Charlotte Slater, ‘26, Emma Creecy ‘21, and Mary Katherine Walt ‘21 won awards at this year’s Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition.

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Junior Dalia Diab Receives Third Quarter Mary Campbell Easel Award

BGA is pleased to honor junior Dalia Diab with the Mary Campbell Easel Award for the third quarter. Dalia has been a dedicated visual art student throughout her tenure at BGA and has recently come into her own sense of artistic style, finding a new interest in water-soluble oil paints. She is currently an Honors Art student and building the foundation of her AP Studio Art Portfolio for her senior year. Dalia’s impressive skills, artistic curiosity, and dedicated work ethic will open doors to many successes ahead on her artistic journey at BGA and beyond.

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BGA's Newest Building Nears Completion

Construction of BGA's new Sondra Morris & Robert N. Moore Jr. '52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship building is nearing completion with an anticipated move-in date of late March 2021.

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BGA Students Receive Top Honors in 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Nine BGA students have won awards in the 30th Annual Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition. An exhibit of their works will be displayed at Cheekwood February 6-21. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest running and most prestigious art scholarship and recognition program for creative teens, and the largest source of scholarships for young artists.  

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Mary Kathryn Walt '21 Named Mary Campbell Easel Award Recipient

BGA is pleased to honor Senior Mary Kathryn “MK” Walt with the Mary Campbell Easel Award for the first quarter. MK has been a student at BGA for eight years and a dedicated visual art student throughout her time here. An intriguing topic, her breadth of skills, and an authentic desire to learn and create have produced beautiful works of art for her AP Studio Art portfolio.

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Katelyn Helberg '20 Wins National Art Competition
BGA is proud to congratulate senior Katelyn Helberg for being selected as the winner in Division 3 (grades 9-12) of the national eco-art competition, Our Earth, Our Home, conducted by Earthx2020 in partnership with National Geographic.  Helberg received the award for her colored pencil rendering, “Don’t Block the View.”
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Students Emulate the Art of Alma Woodsey Thomas to Celebrate Black History Month
In celebration of Black History Month, students explored the struggles and character of African-American Abstract Expressionist artist, Alma Woodsey Thomas.  Lower School artists observed many of Alma’s pieces, what inspired her, and what mediums and/or tools were needed for her to create her artwork. 
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