Thayer Art Gallery

Located in the lower level of Thayer’s Southworth Library, the Art Gallery has been showcasing the work of students, faculty, and professional artists for over 40 years. Renovated in 2011, the Gallery is a beautiful, bright, and open 1200-square-foot space.

Thayer Gallery Hours
Monday - Friday | 8am - 3pm (when school is in session)

If you are interested in displaying your work, or if you have any questions about the Gallery, please contact Gallery Director Karen Koskores: / 781.843.3580)

Every year, Thayer Gallery exhibits some of the finest artwork in the local area, including work by Thayer students and faculty. We have a wonderful mix of media and styles each year, which serves to expand the minds and enrich the creative perspectives of all who visit. Upper School students enrolled in visual arts courses have the good fortune of meeting with most of the artists who display their work, and often, they take part in workshops prepared expressly for our students.Gallery Director Karen Koskores P '10, '13

Thayer Gallery Exhibits for the 2018-19 Academic Year

September 11 to October 4: THOMAS DURAND
Reception: Thursday, September 13 | 6 - 8pm

I am a graduate of the Museum School of Fine Arts and an active photographer, painter, and art advocate in the Boston area. In addition to producing my own work, I curate shows at JP Licks‚ public art locations, and sit on the board of the Jamaica Plain Arts Council.

As a photographic artist, I enjoy the hunt of discovering a location for an image and working out its composition. I also enjoy the mystery of not always knowing exactly what an image will look like until the final creation emerges on its own. With light, texture, color, tones, and personal aesthetics, I try my best to make a good photograph that I feel evokes some sort of emotion.

My influences come from many places, which incorporate my thoughts on the human condition generally - on religion, nature, music, art history, American icons, social and current issues, in addition to my own emotional demons and delights.

The Sock-Monkey Series: Where Socks Go

The sock monkey doll became my photographic subject after a particularly personal time of crisis. The dolls became a sort of extension of myself. These hand made, depression-era dolls were perfect figures to express the seemingly never-ending, raw emotions I was experiencing.

The images are simultaneously playful, hopeful, comforting, and sometimes disturbing. Between the images, their titles, and the human experiences they evoke, there are often multiple ways of entering and engaging that bring tears to some and laughter to others.

I began sewing the dolls myself and experimenting with wire armatures to allow the characters to hold positions in a more animated and expressive way than their original floppy counterparts. Most of the dolls are made specifically for one photographic shoot but some stand on their own as sculpture. Either way I find sewing calms my savage beast.

No monkeys were harmed in the making of these photographs.

More images and contact information can be viewed at

October 9 to November 9: TIPPING POINTS: CHANGING PARADIGMS | Four Women Encaustic Artists


Debra Claffey

Patricia Gerkin

Donna Hamil Tamlin

Charyl Weissbach

Reception: Thursday, Oct 18 | 6 - 8pm

Four artists who use mixed mediums of encaustic, oil and cold wax, charcoal, and resin — Debra Claffey, Patricia Gerkin, Donna Hamil Talman, and Charyl Weissbach — make up the art collective Elemental. This exhibit explores the interconnectedness of all living things, human responsibility for the health of the planet, and the need to restore balance and sustainability to our beleaguered and endangered environment. In doing so, these four artists challenge the boundaries of the artist’s role in determining the future of our world through their message. Dedicated to the noble pursuit of raising awareness of the need for sustained efforts in reclaiming the natural balance of ecosystems on our planet, each of the artists makes use of the ancient medium of encaustic (hot wax) and mixed media to convey her message.

Debra Claffey is intimately aware of our overall interconnectedness with the environment and all its living species. Her works offer a respite from the seeming unconcern for ongoing destruction and they call upon us to restore balance to the relationship of Human to Nature. Patricia Gerkin laments vanishing species on land and in sea, diminishing glaciers, deforestation, and the evidentiary findings revealed in Earth’s exposed stratifications. Her works chronicle the slow process of reclamation. Donna Hamil Talman’s works speak of evolutionary processes, origins and history, as well as ecological concerns; and Charyl Weissbach’s works represent a dialogue between nature’s expansiveness and its beauty. Her environmental concern is the ocean’s acidification of the habitats within our oceans; some of which include corals and sea anemones.

The Four Artists in Their Own Words:

Debra Claffey —“We must begin to restore the balance in the relationship of Human to Nature. My daily reminder is that plants and trees are intelligent beings that we have disrespected in so many ways, and we must find ways to reconnect.”

Patricia Gerkin —“The Earth prompts me to examine the space between the physical world and the inner world and our human responsibilities to both. Using the natural world as my metaphor, these works reflect the paradox of constancy/change, static/shifting ground and the unrelenting message of the passage of time.”

Donna Hamil Tallman —“The way life, of the land or of the body, evolves has always fascinated me. With the passage of time, all forms of matter morph into something else. Structures emerge and decay; new structures emerge. Interest in celebrating the forces of nature now leads me to contemplate how external forces affect our world and ourselves.”

Charyl Weissbach —“I explore nature’s vastness, movement, and distinguished beauty. These elements emit an aesthetic sensation of harmony, the illusion of timelessness, and feelings of inspiration that transcend earth, space, and time.”

The shared sensibilities of these four artists are striking. They are driven by a commitment to nature, balance, and proper stewardship of our planet. It is an exhibit worth viewing and contemplating for its beauty, its lamentations on current practices, and its call to action for a more hopeful future.

November 13 to December 13: MARK WIESENHAHN P ’19
Reception: Thursday, November 15 | 5 - 7:30pm

Hi I’m Mark Wiesenhahn. A father of two, husband of one, coach of many, designer, artist, and free ranging tinkerer who loves designing, building, learning, and finding new uses for old things.

I have two sides to my creative life. One half is PlayMARK Design my design-innovation-brand storytelling consultancy, where I leverage over 20 years of product, brand, and story development experience to help clients in the children’s entertainment business. The other side is The Free Range ARTisan, where I share my Free Ranging creations designed to tell your story and make your home uniquely yours.

You can find more information on both sides of my creative personality, born a Gemini, at the following websites: and

I always work to find the fun in everything I do… I hope you see it too.

January 7 to February 1: THAYER FACULTY ART


Steven Branfman P ’00, ’02

Allynn Lodge

Closing Reception: Thursday, January 31 | 3:30 - 5:30pm

A multimedia exhibition showcasing the various creative talents of Thayer Academy’s faculty & staff members. This show is a beautiful compilation of paintings, photography, pottery, and unique mixed media creations.

February 5 to March 7: ELLEN SCHÖN
Pottery Workshop: Tuesday, February 5 | 8am - 1:30pm
Reception: Thursday, February 7 | 6 - 8pm

ELLEN SCHÖN is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts and Ceramics Studio Supervisor at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has taught ceramics and 3-D courses since 2002. Schön received a BA from Marlboro College (Ceramics and Perceptual Psychology) and an MFA in Ceramics from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. She has exhibited in numerous shows in the United States and is a past recipient of The Artist Foundation Fellowship from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities. Her interest in international artist collaboration and exchange has led her to travel extensively, participating in international artist symposia/residencies in Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Turkey, Israel, Germany, and Malaysia. Schön has been a member of the European Artists Association since 2011. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA.

"I have always been interested in the ability of a ceramic vessel to point to something beyond itself— to function as metaphor. Ceramic vessels, physically structured with necks, shoulders, bellies, and feet, can evoke the gesture and anthropomorphized stance of the human body. They reveal deep aspects of human experience and of the natural world.

"By working in the ceramic vessel tradition, I am able to draw on traditional forming techniques, while expressing contemporary feminine/ feminist sensibilities. The vessels in my Wellspring Series explore ceramic vessel as a wellspring or womb, with possibilities of both fecundity and barrenness. These pieces are meant to evoke sources of life—whirlpools, fonts, pods, seeds of hope, as well as the landscape of the female body. Through spontaneous handling of inanimate clay, I attempt to find and breathe life into form. My creative process is grounded in reflective practice--imposing ideas on and listening to the material in cycles of learning. The material directs me as I direct it in a process of discovery. We are in a reciprocal relationship."


Reception & Demo: Thursday, April 25 | 6-10pm

The Braintree Art Association has been participating in group exhibitions for over 40 years, with a membership of over 200 amateur and professional South Shore artists. This exhibition - an annual Thayer event for more than 30 years - represents a broad scope of subject matters and various media and techniques.


Opening Reception Thursday, May 9 | 3:30 - 5:30pm

An annual representative showing of artwork completed by students (grades 5-12) during the school year. Media and processes represented include painting, drawing, printmaking, pottery, photography, 3-D design, and architectural design.


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