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Arts Festival

The 2019 Haverford School Arts Festival celebrates "Haverford's family of artists."

The exhibit will feature works by Haverford alumni, students, and family members. Haverford's family of artists includes painters, photographers, sculptors, filmmakers, graphic designers, architects, animators, illustrators, ceramicists, glass blowers, and more. The Arts Festival will also include works by musicians, playwrights, actors, and other performers. 

Schedule of Events

May 2, 6 p.m.: Family & Student Reception, Wilson Hall, Lower Level

May 3, 6 p.m.: Alumni Reception, Wilson Hall, Lower Level

May 2-May 15: Art will be on display during school hours May 2-15, including extended hours from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 4 for Alumni Weekend. 

Featured Artist: Michael Mitchell '69

Mike’s interest in photography dates to his boyhood in Drexel Hill where he first experienced film photography using a box camera he won for selling the most Easter eggs in his Cub Scout Pack’s annual fundraising event.  As an undergraduate at Trinity College he was an avid user of the school’s darkroom where he developed black and white prints of photographs taken during concert choir tours in England and Puerto Rico, as well as a senior year history major trip to Russia.  After serving for many years as the family photographer, upon retirement as an aerospace industry executive in 2011 Mike turned to his longstanding interest in photography in earnest.  

An avid outdoorsman, Mike’s hiking, backpacking, cycling, and cross-country skiing activities have led him to many attractive photography subjects in nature.  Travel in recent years to the Caribbean, Cuba, England, France, Ireland, and Italy, as well as throughout the United States, has resulted in a rich portfolio of cultural images, architecture, street photography, vehicles old and new, and abstracts.

Photograph by Michael Mitchell '69

Mike is a member of the North Bethesda Camera Club where he has participated in club competitions and in the many club field trips. Mike was one of the featured photographers in the “Viewfinders: Eight Photographers”, Hill Center Galleries exhibit in March/April 2018 in Washington, DC with his “Four Seasons in the C&O Canal National Park” exhibit. He was also selected for an entry in The Hill Center Galleries juried photography show. He also participated in the 2018 Haverford School Arts Festival, and in the Kenwood Country Club Member Art Show last fall.  Earlier this year he had three photographs on display in the Maryland State Capitol in Annapolis. Examples of his photography currently are on permanent display at Kenwood Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mike is very grateful for the scholarship opportunity that The Haverford School provided him, and for the Haverford School education that encouraged engagement in a broad array of topics and interests. His Haverford education afforded him the foundation for a rewarding professional career, and also the intellectual curiosity and discipline to pursue a range of activities beyond his work commitments. For this generosity on the part of the School of over fifty years ago he will be eternally grateful.

Mike was featured in the spring 2016 issue of Haverford School Today. Read his Profile in Service >

Get Involved

The Haverford School Visual Art Department is soliciting visual art works from alumni, students, faculty, parents and grandparents as part of our Arts Festival and Alumni Weekend. Paintings, drawings, architectural drawings, graphic design, sculpture, woodworking, art glass, ceramics, video, fiber art, photography, fashion design, film, animations, and more, are welcome. Works needs to be delivered to The Haverford School Wilson Hall (Upper School) between April 22-26 during school hours. All works should be ready to hang. The art exhibit will be on display from May 2-15.

Contact: Chris Fox, Art Department Chair, at or 610-642-3020 x1271.  

About Arts Festival

Started in 2010, the annual Haverford School Arts Festival is held in conjunction with Alumni Weekend and features a host of events to showcase student and alumni work across a broad range of artistic fields. We welcome the involvement of those who are visual artists, performers, writers, collectors, critics, or just have a passion for the arts.


Christopher Fox

Art Department Chair
610-642-3020, x1271

Submit Your Artwork

Alumni, students, and family artists should make arrangements to deliver visual works between April 22-26 during school hours. All works should be ready to hang. The art exhibit will be on display May 2-15. Other arrangements may be possible. Please contact Art Department Chair Chris Fox at or 610-642-3020 ext. 1271.  

Schedule of Events

May 2: Family & Student Reception, Wilson Hall, Lower Level

May 3: Alumni Reception, Wilson Hall, Lower Level

May 2-May 15: Artwork exhibited in Wilson Hall, Lower Level