Art doesn't just happen in a studio.
Each spring, the parks, plazas, schools, shopping districts, and community centers of University City—Washington University's neighbor to the north—fill with public, site-specific works by art students from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
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.