Community Visuals 2015

(left) Sam Boven, Feed Time, 2014; (right) Jake Yoo, Self Portrait, 2014. Part of 2015 University City Gallery Series.

Two collaborative programs explore the theme of "Citizen"

Posted by Garrie Burr January 5, 2015


What does "Citizen" mean? Members of the WUSTL and University City communities will explore the many possible definitions of the term early in 2015 through the Community Visuals series.

This marks the 29th year of the collaboration between the Sam Fox School and the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters of University City. Originally launched as the University City Sculpture Series in 1986, the partnership has grown in recent years to include a second component, the University City Gallery Series. Both programs provide opportunities for WUSTL students to engage the University City community through art.

Professor Buzz Spector is curating this year's Gallery Series, and senior lecturer Noah Kirby is coordinating this year's Sculpture Series. They note that this year's theme, "Citizen," was chosen out of a desire for their students be more engaged as citizens within the community. The theme also harkens to founder Marvin Levy's hope that the annual collaborative project would continue to explore "ways to involve the citizens of a community in the processes and conversations of public art."

2015 University City Gallery Series

This year's Gallery Series features works by seven Sam Fox School art students: Sam Boven, Andrew Catanese, Jimena Gracia, Isaac Howell, Anya Kavanaugh, Rebecca Lothan, and Jake Yoo.

The exhibition is on view January 19 through February 1 at the University City Public Library, with an opening reception taking place at 2p January 24.

In addition to the featured works, models from the proposals for this year's University City Sculpture Series will be on display.

2015 University City Sculpture Series

As part of a fall 2014 Arts Practice course taught by Kirby, students developed proposals for public sculptures, which they presented to the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters. The following winning projects will be constructed, installed, and unveiled in the spring:

Golden in Silver by Jonathan Berger

Hands of Change by Sarah Hull

Have A Seat: Say, What's Good? by Madeline Marak

Stockade by Jared Stein

For full project descriptions, click here>>

The opening celebration for the Sculpture Series takes place at 2p April 11 in the auditorium of the University City Public Library.


Funding for Community Visuals is made possible in part by the generosity of the Marvin Levy Family, as well as the Regional Arts Commission and the City of University City.