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Mercy's Spring Art Show Makes Quite an Impression

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St. Catherine McAuley Art Gallery pictured on the left. Display case outside of the gallery on the right.
St. Catherine McAuley Art Gallery pictured on the left. Display case outside of the gallery on the right.

The students at Mount Mercy Academy showed off their artistic talent last week at the annual Spring Art Show. Over 160 student artists were represented in the show that began in the recently dedicated St. Catherine McAuley Art Gallery and spilled over into the hallways and display cases. From oil painting to photograms, digital photography, calligraphy, ceramics, sculpture, the variety of work on display is a true testament to the hard work of Mercy's art students.

Mercy's art gallery is a unique feature of the school, with five full shows this school year. Art teachers Jennifer Licata and Jacqui Welch created the gallery a few years ago and are very proud of the quality of work on display. "We believe the art department is vital to the school and it's wonderful to be able to showcase the work of our students. Not many high schools have their own art gallery and we believe it sets us apart," states Licata.

Two Mercy seniors will be heading off to college with art in their future: Bethany Clancy will be studying photography and Teeghan Gorham, fashion design.

"It is great for the students and faculty to get to see what the girls have been working on all year. Teachers always tell us how impressed they are with the artwork on display," comments Licata. "It gives the girls a sense of pride to see something they completed hanging so prominently in the school."

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

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Class of 2022

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