BGA News

BGA News

BGA opens 12,000 square foot Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center
Battle Ground Academy (BGA) will host a dedication ceremony for its new MaryCampbell Visual Arts Center on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. The community is invited.
_______________________________
Located on its Glen Echo campus off of Mack Hatcher Parkway, the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center is a 12,000-square-foot, two-story building, consisting of classroom space, studios and faculty offices.The building is named for the late wife of Stewart “Brother” Campbell, who graduated from BGA in 1968. Located next to Armistead Hall on the front of the campus, this facility will provide dedicated space for photography, ceramics, drawing, painting and sculpting for Middle and Upper School students. All of the space is specially designed to accommodate artistic needs and will feature display space to showcase student art.
_______________________________
“Thanks to the support of Brother Campbell and countless other supporters, BGA now has one of the most advanced visual arts facilities in the region. With its location on the front of our campus, it is an unmistakable testament to our commitment to providing the best possible atmosphere for learning,” said John Griffith, BGA head of school. “We also envision the Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center becoming a focal point for the local arts community with art shows, speakers and other activities.”
_______________________________
At a private event on Tuesday, August 23, the school will unveil a commissioned portrait of Mary Cambell, painted by Franklin artist Dawn Whitelaw. Campbell, who passed away in 2007 after a long bout with cancer, was an artist and recognized throughout the area as a supporter of the arts.
_______________________________
The Mary Campbell Visual Arts Center is the first building constructed under BGA’s One School. One Vision capital campaign. The school recently broke ground on the second building, a 50,000-square-foot Athletic & Wellness Center. The first phase of this project is expected to be completed in December.  Future projects will include the Inge Smith Lower School and a Performing Arts Center.
_______________________________
“Despite the difficult economic climate of the past few years, we are pleased that our campaign continues to progress. It is especially gratifying to see our faculty and students are able to use these facilities as we strive to fulfill our mission to provide the best education and school experience possible,” added Griffith.
_______________________________
Established in 1889, Battle Ground Academy is a co-education, college preparatory school
for grades kindergarten through 12th grade. More information on the school can be found at

Leave a Comment