Bessa Axelrod

Bessa Axelrod

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Bessa Axelrod

Art Teacher/Dean of Pillars


Bessa Axelrod, Art Teacher/Dean of Pillars, was born and raised in Southern California. Freely admitting to a severe case of “wanderlust,” she has traveled widely throughout the United States. “My mother once complained that my frequent changes of address took up most of her address book, ranging far outside the pages allowed for A and B!” Her wanderings ultimately brought her to New England where she finally settled down in 1990.

Bessa earned her BS in art education from Plymouth State University and brings to Oliverian a passionate commitment to the arts. Her broad expertise empowers our students to explore a wide variety of art methods and materials including drawing, painting, sculpture, pottery, art history, and culture. Bessa’s foremost goal is “to create a supportive environment for artistic growth, self-expression, and risk taking, and to help students develop an exceptional and individualized portfolio of artwork.”

What do you love most about Oliverian?
“I love so many things about Oliverian that it makes it hard to choose just one! The Oliverian community is very special and it allows me to make meaningful connections with students and faculty.”

What motivates you to work with kids?
“As an artist and teacher I love working with teenagers. They are incredibly creative and open to trying new art materials and techniques. Spending time with them in the Oliverian art studio inspires me to be more creative in my own artwork.”