The Arts at BGA
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.
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.
Visual Arts Gallery
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.
Twelve works, created by ten BGA art students, earned awards in this year's regional 2022 Middle Tennessee Scholastic Art Competition. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards are the most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists.
Congratulations to junior Alice Wang on being named the Mary Campbell Easel Award winner for the second quarter of 2021-22! Alice has been at BGA for four years and has taken art classes each year, working diligently on her drawing and painting skills. Alice's oil painting skills have reached a new level while working on her self-portrait "The Blossom of Youth." We are excited to see her growth as she develops her sustained investigation for her AP portfolio next year.
Artwork by Jimin Lee 27, Isabella Northam '23, Dalia Diab '22, and Chloe Drugeot '22 has been selected to be displayed at the 14th Annual Middle Tennessee Regional Art Exhibition 2022 to be displayed at the John C. Hutcheson Art Gallery at Lipscomb University in Nashville, January 14, 2022 - February 19, 2022.
BGA is pleased to honor senior Dalia Diab for winning the 2021 first quarter Mary Campbell Easel Award! "The Black Sheep" is a 18 x 24 oil painting on a wood panel and is part of Dalia's AP portfolio. 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. Her impressive skills, artistic curiosity, and dedicated work ethic will open doors to many successes ahead on her artistic journey at BGA and beyond.
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.
Congratulations to recent BGA alumna Emma Creecy '21, whose Butterfly Vase sculpture was named "Best of the Best" in ceramics by the Tennessee Arts Academy and is included in the TAA's Best of the Best 2021 Student Art Exhibition.
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.
BGA junior and member of The Artist Project dance company, Sophie Ketchum, was awarded a VIP Senior Dance Scholarship at Break the Floor Productions’ National Jump Dance Convention in Atlanta, Ga.
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.
Last night's opening of The Tempest marked the inaugural performance in the new Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore, Jr. '52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship.
Battle Ground Academy’s entrepreneurship and performing arts students are beginning to move into their new home, as the school is placing the final touches on the Sondra Morris and Robert N. Moore Jr. ’52 Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship.
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.
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.
Join us in congratulating the following students whose artwork has been chosen for the upcoming Middle Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition at Lipscomb University, March 22 - April 9.
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.
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.
BGA is pleased to honor senior Sara Evans with the Mary Campbell Easel Award for the second quarter. Evans’ winning piece, “Retriever,” is her first true endeavor with colored pencils and is one of 15 pieces in her AP Studio Art Portfolio.
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.
The BGA Visual Arts Department is pleased to honor sophomore Lily Walt with the 2020 Mary Campbell Easel Award for the fourth quarter.
The BGA Visual Arts Department is pleased to honor senior Helen Zhou with the 2019-20 Mary Campbell Easel Award for the third quarter.
Congratulations to Senior Katelyn Helberg whose artwork, Don't Block the View, has been chosen as a Finalist and will be showcased at the EarthX 2020 Expo, April 24-26 in Dallas.
The BGA Visual Arts Department is pleased to honor senior Katelyn Helberg with the 2019-20 Mary Campbell Easel Award for the second quarter.