Timothy Trelease


Tim Trelease earned a BFA at Rhode Island School of Design in 1987, and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1989. Tim has recently taken accredited courses at the Maine Media Workshops, where he studied digital photography and alternative photographic processes.

Before coming to Deerfield in 2005, Tim taught at RISD, Choate Rosemary Hall, and The Peddie School. He was Chair of the Arts Department for eleven years at Peddie and served as Chair at Choate’s summer program for five years. During his time at Peddie, he was also the President of the Independent School Art Instructor’s Association in New York City.

Currently, Tim teaches Visual Design, Digital Photography, Videography, and Advanced Placement Studio Art (Photography). Many of his former students have gone on to major in art at some of the best arts schools and colleges in the country, and they are now working as professional photographers, designers, architects, filmmakers, art therapists, and art educators.

Tim is also a working artist with an extensive exhibition record, including many juried competitions and several solo exhibits in New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. He maintains a private studio in Greenfield and he regularly exhibits his artwork at the A3 Gallery in Amherst. Tim has screened his videos and staged multi-media performances at New York venues such as The Knitting Factory and CBGBs as well as at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Tim is currently working on a major commission for the Lawrence Group, of Wilson, Arkansas. 

Tim leads a community service team at two local farms in the fall, he is the faculty advisor for numerous initiatives in the arts throughout the year, and he assists students with preparing portfolios to include with applications to college. 

Tim is one of two faculty residents in the DeNunzio residence hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before they enter Deerfield, all new students are required to take a math placement test to determine an appropriate class. Students who have already taken a language they wish to continue studying at Deerfield will take a placement test to determine what level class they should take. If the placement in either department is deemed inappropriate after the student arrives, then the section teacher may suggest a change of level. Students may also request such a change and should consult with their teacher and their academic advisor before contacting the Dean of Studies.

Study abroad is available to all students from their sophomore to senior years, although typically students who choose to go abroad will do so during their junior year.

In order to garner Honors distinction a student must have a cumulative term average above 90.0%. High Honors requires an average of 93.0% or above. Exemplary students with a grade point average of 92.0 or higher may qualify for admission to the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. 

Because of its commitment to rigorous academics, Deerfield offers a wide range of accelerated and Advanced Placement courses. All of Deerfield’s classes are appropriately challenging, but AP and accelerated courses provide an extra challenge for ambitious students.

All students are assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of their time at Deerfield. After their first year students may choose a new advisor, or continue with their original one, depending on the relationships they have developed with Deerfield’s faculty. Advisors are responsible for submitting course requests and writing an advisor report every term. They are available for any questions a student may have and are involved in every major academic or athletic decision a student makes while at Deerfield. In addition, faculty eat lunch with their advisees every Thursday and may schedule outside events for their advisees. Advisors are a key component of the Deerfield experience, as they provide guidance and friendship to students throughout their time at Deerfield.

The Pursuit of Excellence Policy states that students may miss up to five class days a year if an unusual and extraordinary opportunity arises, including opportunities in a variety of academic, athletic, and artistic fields. The Academic Affairs Office determines the legitimacy of pursuit of excellence requests on a case-by-case basis.

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