Artists of the Mount
Liliana Peralta, the creator of the "Artists of the Mount" campaign. (Photo by William Biersack)

by William Biersack

April has been a month for celebrating the artistic talent of the Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) community. In the latest of senior projects, public relations major Liliana Peralta created an initiative to give new recognition to the arts on campus.

Peralta noted in her experience as a student, “Coming to the Mount and seeing that there was not much emphasis on the arts and knowing that there were students that were so involved, I decided that there needed to be something that would bring everybody together and showcase the talents of students, staff, and alumni…to demonstrate that we do have wonderful [arts] programs.”

The first stage of the “Artists of the Mount” campaign was a poetry slam event that took place on Friday, April 4, in which students shared both original works and literary favorites with their peers. Megan Falley, the night’s featured poet, shared her original poetry as well as advice to aspiring writers.

The latest stage of Peralta’s senior project took place April 10-12, coinciding with MSMC Theatre’s production of “Almost, Maine.” During this time, the MST Atrium in Aquinas Hall was transformed into an art gallery featuring the paintings, photographs, sketches, and computer-generated designs created by members of the MSMC community.

One of the featured artists, Christina San Felippo, displayed a Chuck Close inspired self-portrait she had created for an art class.

The opening of the gallery on April 10 also drew awareness to the vocal talents of students, featuring performances by the MSMC Choir and members of the Knight Notes, MSMC’s a capella group.

After the conclusion of her event, Peralta expressed the desire for the artistic members of the college to know there are arts programs all over campus.

“You just need to support them and come together as a community,” said Peralta.

Breanna Scott (left), Rebecca Gordils (center), and Olivia Bogle (right) performing “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers at “Artists of the Mount.”(Video by William Biersack)