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Editor's Note

The power of art: to transform, transfix, transport.

I’m reminded of the many times in my life when a piece of art has left me utterly amazed. Like visiting Florence and walking up to Michelangelo’s masterpiece David—a statue so lifelike I felt as though the marble figure might look at me, sigh, and simply walk away.

And music—I don’t have enough space in this column to list the dozens of songs that remind me of a certain time or place in my life. The strange, sad, yet beautifully hopeful sound of bagpipes brings a rush of emotion every time I hear this instrument, whether it be Clan MacPherson piping the newly minted graduates to the Great Lawn or being led into church for my wedding so many years ago.

This issue celebrates the arts in all forms, along with those Andover students, faculty, and alumni who have chosen to pursue artistic endeavors. From rising music star Yuping Zhu ’21 to acclaimed actress Dana Delany ’74 to art historian Bill Agee ’55’s fond recollection of the Addison Gallery and art that has changed his life.

Irish playwright and novelist George Bernard Shaw once said, “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” I concur.

Is there a piece of art that has made your world “more bearable” or perhaps transformed your life? Tell us about it. We’d love to share it in an upcoming issue.

Andover magazine team

Allyson Irish, editor
Rita Savard, associate editor
Ken Puleo, designer

Mission statement

Andover magazine reinforces the special connection alumni have with Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy. Through thought-provoking stories, contemporary design, and inspiring profiles of alumni, students, and faculty, we aim to highlight the school’s enduring values, recognize our unique history, and celebrate the rich diversity of our community.

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On the Cover

Ming Doyle ’03

A comic artist and writer, Ming Doyle ’03 has helped to change the conversation about gender, race, and identity in a medium that was once predominantly white and male. Her work has been tapped by industry giants Marvel and DC, and includes a graphic novel (The Kitchen) and a comic series (The Banks) adapted for film.

For this special Arts Issue of Andover magazine, Doyle created beautifully complex and visually stunning artwork for the cover and the opening feature page—including a few hidden surprises.