Alumni Spotlights

Alumni from the Graduate School of Art have established thriving practices in cities across the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and St. Louis. They are employed in rewarding and engaging professions, including university teaching, gallery and museum curation, and arts organizations. Many pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, opening creative businesses of their own.

St. Louis has a thriving cultural scene. Our alumni have opened their first galleries, print shops, alternative spaces, and cooperatives here. This is where they got their start. You can go anywhere from here.

Ebony G. Patterson, MFA06

Ebony G. Patterson's multimedia works employ opulent, hand-embellished surfaces and brightly colored patterns to seduce the viewer into confronting profound social realities and bearing witness to the violence and social injustices imposed upon those deemed invisible. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Frieze, Interview, Artforum, Art in America, and Modern Painters, among others.

Ebony was featured in the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016), the 12th Havana Biennial (2015), Prospect.3 New Orleans (2014), and the Jamaica Biennial 2014. Her work is in the collections of the Nasher Museum at Duke University, the National Gallery of Jamaica, the Seattle Art Museum, the Speed Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is on the artistic director's council for Prospect.4 New Orleans (2017) and will have a solo exhibition at Pérez Art Museum Miami (2018). Ebony is an associate professor at the University of Kentucky, and is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago.

Image credit: Ebony G. Patterson, … when they grow up … Installation view at The Studio Museum in Harlem, 2016. Photo by Adam Reich. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.