The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery opened in the fall of 1994, as the second phase of the Helm Fine Arts Center project. The gallery is a professional exhibition space for educational purposes. Visiting artists are invited to interact with our students through gallery talks, workshops, in-class demonstrations and special projects.
Alumna Nancy Wilson Scanlan ’59, for whom the gallery is named, is an accomplished professional photographer who has had several exhibitions of her own work in the eponymous exhibit space. Her connections to the school are strong and deep. In addition to having taught Art History at the school, her two children graduated from St. Stephen’s, and she boasts two Spartan grandchildren — both creative visual artists! Scanlan also served the school faithfully as a trustee and a member of other important school committees devoted to sustaining the founding mission and vision of the school.
In addition to housing professional artists' exhibitions, the Scanlan Gallery has served as host to the Regional Scholastic Arts Competition and Exhibition for the past 20 years. Last January, approximately 1,800 student works of art were submitted to be adjudicated by professional artists. Gold Key Awards were given to 160 works, which were exhibited together in the gallery before being sent on for national adjudication. The last six weeks of every school year are dedicated to showcasing St. Stephen's students' works through a series of Middle School and Upper School exhibitions in the gallery.
Elizabeth Zepeda directs Scanlan Gallery and integrates the gallery's programs fully into the life of the school through exhibitions and programming. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Zepeda at email@example.com.