Visual Arts

Thornton Academy’s Visual Arts program is a rigorous, academic, and sequentially-based study in Aesthetics, Art History, Art Creation, and Art Criticism with creative problem solving and the joy of creativity at its heart.


Become A Friend of the Arts!

Thornton Academy’s Arts Department engages over 1,000 high school students every year. Funds from the Friends of the Arts help support the costs of running such an extraordinarily successful program.

• To donate to the Friends of the Arts, please use our online Make a Gift form.

 • To inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please e-mail the Development Office at 


Edward O'Neill Gallery

Thanks to the generosity of Edward O’Neill, class of 1928 , guests visiting Thornton Academy's fine arts building can walk through a gallery and appreciate the installations of wonderful artwork created by Thornton Academy’s talented students. 

The O'Neill gallery honors his generous bequest and his notable legal career in Washington, D.C. Mr. O’Neill was known for championing the rights of marginalized peoples, particularly the rights of American Indians, the mentally ill, and those living in poverty. Mr. O’Neill was awarded the 1997 Thornton Academy Distinguished Alumni Award posthumously. 

2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Visual Arts Faculty
(Left to right): Ms. Dana Altman, Mrs. Jennifer Merry, and Mrs. Jodi Thomas
2016 Youth Art Month
On Display Now