Cadavers Take Art Lessons

For years now, the Cadaver Society has evoked powerful feeling in the student body through their art projects throughout campus. Now, they are elevating this artistic authority even further by investing in art lessons. New mediums and movements, from expressionist to surrealist and even renaissance inspired skulls, can now be found around campus.
In order that the campus can fully appreciate these soon-to-be masterpieces of Cadaver art, Below, we have created a crash course for the less cultured among our readers:
  • Doremus skull: Cadaver #1 has walked away from a more abstract depiction of the human head and toward a clearer attempt at realism. They utilize a particular level of expressiveness to depict and emphasize the way in which we present ourselves to the public and its impact on our truest form.
  • Graham-Lees skull: Perhaps providing commentary on this year’s crop of new freshmen, Cadaver #2 shirked the classic Cadaver medium of regular but rather juvenile chalk and opted for a more mature oil-based paint.
  • Leyburn Skull: Cadaver #3’s choice to make the switch from stone to canvas brought Cadaver art from the streets to the gallery in a true Basquiat moment.
  • Elrod Commons Skull: The appearance of a skull on on-campus buildings conveys their relative importance, or lack thereof. Though many would consider Commons a hub of student social life, Cadaver #4 evidently does not as his skull is minuscule in comparison to his contemporaries’ pieces.
  • Skull in front of the footbridge-formerly-known-as-Cadaver: Huge leap in the mode of expression for Cadaver #5—Their white marble skull appears to be protecting the bridge from all administrative faculty that wishes to change such an iconic part of campus.
  • Skull on the footbridge-formerly-known-as-Cadaver: Evidently going through their own Blue Period, Cadaver #6 layered different shades and tints of blue to express his dismay at the removal of the Cadaver Society plaque.


— Camille Sears ’22

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