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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 taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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