Art doesn't just happen in a studio.
Each year, the parks, plazas, schools, shopping districts, galleries, and community centers of University City—Washington University's neighbor to the north—fill with public, site-specific works by Sam Fox School art students.
University City Sculpture Series
For students, the University City Sculpture Series has become a rite of passage, a chance to explore the social aspects and civic responsibilities of being an artist. Since the project's inception in the fall of 1986, more than 200 students, 17 professors, 4 deans, 2 chancellors, 60 commission members, and 2 mayors have collaborated on it.
Participants gain valuable hands-on experience proposing works of public art for temporary installation. They choose locations, estimate costs, and design models. They make professional presentations before the city's Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters. Winning projects—funded by the city and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis—are constructed, installed, and unveiled.
Watch a 1987 CALOP documentary on the beginnings of the series>>
2014 University City Scupture Series: Photos | News Story
University City Gallery Series
In 2013, University City and the Sam Fox School launched a new program, the University City Gallery Series, which showcases a curated exhibition of gallery-based works, including painting, drawings, printmaking, and photography.
The 2015 University City Gallery Series will be presented at the University City Library in January; please check back for updates.