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Polk-Lillard Electronic Imaging Center

The Polk-Lillard Electronic Imaging Center opened in 1995 when the Elson Arts Center was completed. The PLC is a computing facility focused on the Art Department's electronic media curriculum. The center supports digital imaging and non-linear video editing.  The facility’s equipment can be used by any student, and many teaching aids are available. The Polk-Lillard Center also provides faculty and staff with extensive professional development programs in the latest technologies. The center is named for its generous contributors, Louis F. "Bo" Polk Jr. '49, Mimi Polk Gitlin '77 and John S. Lillard '48.  

The Polk-Lillard Center has two multimedia classrooms with DVD, videotape and computer projection, all of which can be controlled through a wireless touch panel. The classrooms are available for all classes at Phillips Academy.

The centers 2 computer labs and video editing suites house 47 high-speed Macintosh computers geared toward electronic imaging and video editing. Other items include Wacom pressure sensitive drawing tablets, memory card readers, external hard drives, digital cameras, and digital video cameras. Students can use many software packages, such as Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Sketch-Up, I-Movie, I-DVD, MS Office and other graphical software packages The center also has four scanners for film and flatbed work, color laser  and B&W printers, and photo quality ink jet printers.

Kemper Auditorium is a state of the art theater used for movies, lectures, concerts and many special events. The Auditorium is equipped with a high definition projection system and a full surround sound system. The Auditorium also has a P.A. system for lectures and public speaking.


In 1789, Phillips Academy's first scholarships are recorded "in consideration of further promoting the virtuous and pious education of Youth."

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