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An Artistic Life

For students who want to pursue their artistic passions beyond Kents Hill, expert faculty members serve as guides through every aspect of the college search process including portfolio development, application, and decision. Recent college acceptances include:
  • Berklee College of Music California
  • College of the Arts (San Francisco)
  • Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Visual and Performing Arts at Kents Hill

Whether in the studio or on the stage, art is all around us at Kents Hill School. Our programs are designed to promote and develop the critical skills of confidence, creativity, and curiosity. 
The Art Department’s mission is to provide all students with opportunities to develop their appreciation for the arts. Kents Hill offers variety, depth, and growth to every student and nurtures creative environments in which students feel safe, supported, and challenged. All students must complete two years of art (including 1/2 credit visual arts and 1/2 credit performing arts) to meet Kents Hill’s graduation requirements. Courses awarding visual and performing arts credits are specifically designated as such, as are interdisciplinary classes. The Arts Department offers courses at the 100-500 levels.

Current Visual Arts Course Offerings

A Gallery On-Campus

The Gruss-Bard Gallery at the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons provides students the opportunity to design, curate, and execute their very own art opening. In addition to a rotation of student, faculty, and alumni work, the gallery showcases work from local and national practicing artists. 

Ceramics Class

Current Performing Arts Course Offerings

Creativity and Confidence Take Center Stage

Kents Hill School provides a rich program in music and theater arts that gives every community member the opportunity to practice and perform. Whether enrolled in an Early College music course to earn transferable college credit or performing with the Orchestra or Contemporary Ensemble, Kents Hill offers a full slate of ways to develop creativity, curiosity, and character. Students showcase their talents and refine their skills by participating in music assemblies, concerts, productions, and coffee houses throughout the year. On-campus private music lessons and instruction are available for novice to experienced musicians.

The Bodman Performing Arts Center's state-of-the-art recording studio and expert faculty allows students to create their own digital recordings of individual or group work. The Center unifies our music and theater arts program, serving as home to three major theater productions each year. Students have the opportunity to direct and produce shows and gain performance experience in a range of productions, from one-acts to large-cast musicals. Academic course offerings include acting, playwriting, theater history, and stagecraft under the mentorship of faculty dedicated to helping students reach their fullest creative potential.

Our Visual and Performing Arts Faculty

Jordan Gehman

Jordan Gehman

Titles: Art Department Chair, Woodworking and Design Teacher, Outing Club Activity Leader
Degrees: B.F.A., Maine College of Art
M.F.A., San Diego State University
Dylan Gifford

Dylan Gifford

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher, Sampson Hall Dorm Parent
Degrees: B.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
R.J. Jenkins

R.J. Jenkins

Titles: Visual Arts Teacher, Cross Country Head Coach, Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach, Track and Field Head Coach
Degrees: B.A., Bates College
Robert Keane

Robert Keane

Titles: Music Teacher, Videographer
Chris McInerney

Chris McInerney

Titles: Learning Specialist, Art Teacher
Degrees: B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
Academic Coaching Professional Development, Landmark College
Continuing Education , Transdiciplinary Workshop Inc.