- Visual Arts
- Drawing and painting studio
- Ceramics studio
- Graphic design classroom
- Photography studio with two darkrooms
Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center
The Thomas S. Perakos Arts and Community Center opened on Monday January 6, 2020.
The new 32,000-square-foot center is one of the largest facilities on our campus and showcases our Visual and Performing Arts programs. The project also replaced a parking lot with new, pedestrian-friendly green space between the new building and the dining hall and moves parking and daily traffic away from the campus core. This building represented the first step of our comprehensive, long-range Campus Master Plan.
The building includes:
- A state-of-the-art, 415-seat, performing arts theater where the entire school gathers for meetings and events
- Community and event space for multiple uses
- Classrooms and collaborative spaces
- Studios for drawing and painting, ceramics and graphic arts
- Darkroom and photography studio
- Gallery spaces to regularly display student work and permanent collections
- Choral and instrumental practice spaces, including a drum room
- A technical shop for building and assembling sets
In my opinion, this is a game changer for FGS students and for generations to follow. It will provide this wonderful school with the facilities to deliver a distinguished, diversified and unique curriculum. The performing arts program at The Frederick Gunn School is currently thriving and soon it will have a venue to match its caliber and advance it to its greatest potential. This is truly a dream come true!
Thomas S. perakos '69
I have always thought that the addition of a comprehensive arts center, including performing and fine arts, makes an educational institution complete and whole. Art raises the quality of our lives. I am pleased to be part of all of this, an initiative that will bring many opportunities to students of The Frederick Gunn School for many years to come.
Richard C. Colton Jr., '60
Original artwork by three students will be featured in a new exhibit opening this Saturday, April 3, at the Washington Art Association. In its inaugural High School Expo, WAA presents the work of area art students, who pursued their creativity to navigate the isolation of an unprecedented and uncertain year.
On February 25, the school’s Black History Month celebration concluded with an impressive, virtual mini-concert, featuring select students from the String Ensemble, Vocal Ensemble, and Concert Jazz Band, who performed sacred and secular music interspersed with poetry to bring the theme of Black joy as expressed through the arts to life.
Today marked the start of a new Co-Curricular Program for the Winter Term. Students are required to attend two, half-hour sessions each week with options that range from sports psychology, outdoor recreation and a Mind & Body Fitness Challenge to music, photography, Model United Nations (MUN), engineering and more.
Two students in the Gunn Music Program, tenor Drew Sutherland ’21 and alto Yolanda Wang ’21, are performing this week in the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honors Choir, which represents the top vocalists in the country.
The Frederick Gunn School presented “Home for the Holidays 2020: A Virtual Holiday Concert and Celebration” on December 17, featuring students in the school’s Vocal Ensemble, String Ensemble, and Jazz Combo, along with special guest musicians, directed by Ron Castonguay, Director of the Arts and Director of Music. It was the first remote broadcast of a holiday concert, and the first holiday concert at The Frederick Gunn School.
Mackenzie Teper ’21 and Vivian Boucher ’23 have been selected to participate in ASAP’s 10th Annual Celebration of Young Photographers. More than 200 submissions from students representing 38 schools across the state were received this year. Teper and Boucher were among 60 finalists selected by a panel of professional photographers through a blind judging process. Their photographs will be featured in a unique, large scale professional art exhibition based on the 2020 theme, “Quarantined.”
Musically speaking, Drew Sutherland ’21 had an outstanding summer. A tenor in the school’s Vocal Ensemble, performing at the Conservatory Level, and a vocalist in Advanced Rock Band, Sutherland was among 17,572 singers from 129 countries who performed in Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir #6. Featured on CBS “Sunday Morning,” with Jane Pauley, it was the largest virtual choir ever assembled and has more than 1.3 million views on YouTube.
Two students in The Gunnery's Music Program, tenor Drew Sutherland ’21 and alto Yolanda Wang ’21, have been chosen to perform in the National Association for Music Education’s 2020 All-National Honors Choir, which represents the top vocalists in the country. They are scheduled to perform in a gala concert celebrating music education and the arts on November 5‒8 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.