University School of Jackson

Arts

USJ’s extensive fine arts program begins in the Lower School with visual arts and music enrichment classes. Starting in Jr. Kindergarten, classes stage annual musical productions. The visual arts department challenges our students’ artistic talents and showcases them throughout our school and the community through art exhibits and competitions.

Middle School students take classes in band, vocal music, and visual arts. They also have the option to perform in up to two musicals each year and have the opportunity to perform in Upper School theatrical plays and musicals.

In the Upper School, the fine arts curriculum includes drama, band, chorus, and visual arts classes. USJ is one of a few schools in West Tennessee to offer AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory. Each year, Upper School productions include band and vocal concerts, two musical productions, two dramatic productions, and a schoolwide art exhibit and talent montage. Many efforts cross the spectrum of the arts. Band students, for example, make up much of the live orchestra for musicals, visual arts students help with sets and posters for theater productions, and choral students perform at visual arts events.

Arts at the U Coming to Both Campuses

We are so excited to announce that we will have our 4th Annual Arts at the U on both campuses this year.  Last year, we included the lower school into our art gallery and talent montage and it was a big hit.  So this year we have decided to make it even bigger and better by having two showcases, one on each camps.   The lower school students' artwork will be showcased in the Lower School Foyer, and there will be a few musical performances in the Cafetorium.  Our upper and middle school will continue their tradition by displaying their artwork in the Blankenship Theater Foyer with the talent montage beginning at 6:45 p.m. in the Blankenship Theater.  

Courtesy of our Fine Arts Guild, there will be delicious desserts and refreshments offered to our guests as they browse the art galleries.  Cost of admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students.  You can purchase tickets at the door; admission will get you into both campus showcases.  Feel free to start at the lower school and work your way down the hill to the upper and middle school art gallery and end with our talent montage in the theater.  All proceeds benefit the art department across each division; lower, middle and upper.

For More Information

Darlene Tanner
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Art

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Kay Thomson
2nd-5th Grade Art

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Anna McPeake
Middle School Art, Upper School Sculpture, Yearbook Advisor, Journalism

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Libby Lynch
Upper School Art, Department Chair

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Elizabeth Atkins
2nd-5th Grade Music, Federal Funds Coordinator

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Leslie Scott
Junior Cubs-1st Grade Music

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Erica Davidson
Upper School Theater, Lower School Spanish

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Dian Eddleman
Middle School Music, Middle and Upper School Choirs

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Tammy Grant
AP Music Theory, Musical Theater Director, 9th Grade Choir

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Tom Grant
MS/US Band, Music Department Chair

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Resources

NEWS

Color of Music Winners

03/11/2019

USJ students in Mrs. Tanner and Mrs. McPeake's art classes recently participated in the Color of Music contest sponsored by the Jackson Symphony. They listened to the selections and created artwork based on their interpretations of the music.  Congratulations to these lower and middle school art students for...

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NEWS

USJ Students Choir Students Selected to Showcase Their Talents as Part of the All National Honor Choir

10/05/2018

During the 2017-18 school year, talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools practiced diligently to gain a chair or part in their local, district, and state music honor ensembles. And of those most elite high school musicians who were accepted to their district or...

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NEWS

USJ Lower School Students Participate in National Anthem Project

09/14/2018

On Friday, September 14, 2018, the University School of Jackson Lower School students participated in The National Anthem Project. Classes lined up by grade level as they faced the front of the school to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the 204th anniversary of the U.S. national anthem.   Members...

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USJ Theatre Students Win Orpheum High School Musical Awards

05/25/2018

USJ was nominated in eight different categories for The Orpheum’s ninth annual High School Musical Theatre Awards. This award ceremony included 29 schools across West Tennessee and Mississippi. USJ took home the Outstanding Artistic Achievement award for the “rain on stage” in the school’s production...

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