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 works by Sam Fox School art students as part of the Community Visuals Series, a collaboration between the Sam Fox School and University City.
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.
The 2015 University City Sculpture Series will open at 2p April 11 at the University City Public Library; please check back for updates.
Watch a 1987 CALOP documentary on the beginnings of the series>>
2014 University City Scupture Series: Photos | News Story
University City Gallery Series
Launched in 2013, the University City Gallery Series showcases a curated exhibition of gallery-based works, including painting, drawings, printmaking, and photography.
The 2015 University City Gallery Series features works by the following students: Sam Boven, Andrew Catanese, Jimena Gracia, Isaac Howell, Anya Kavanaugh, Rebecca Lothan, Calvin Miceli-Nelson, Charlotte Spitzfaden, and Jake Yoo. The exhibition will be on view January 20 through February 1 at the University City Public Library, with an opening celebration at 2p January 24.
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Funding for Community Visuals is provided in part by the Marvin Levy Family, the City of University City, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.