Class Notes

  • 2008
    Ian Weaver

    Works by Ian Weaver have been acquired by two institutional collections as part of a bequest by Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a trailblazer in the arts and education. Map of Black Bottom Community as a Black Panther is now a part of the collection of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Black Power Helmet (pictured here) was acquired by the the Studio Museum of Harlem. Weaver is an assistant professor of art at St. Mary's College and a 2017 recipient of the Sam Fox School's Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award.

  • 1979
    Kevin J. Flynn

    Kevin J. Flynn was one of eight individuals awarded the National Council of Architectural Registration Board's (NCARB) highest honor, the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Flynn was recognized for his visionary leadership of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and his contributions to the world of architectural education. As president of the NAAB, Flynn guided the organization through a thoughtful evolution, leading to a stronger, more effective organization working in greater partnership with NCARB and our fellow collateral organizations. As chairman of the NAAB’s 2019 Accreditation Review Forum, Flynn refreshed the process by which the conditions and procedures for accreditation are reviewed, encouraging greater collaboration and bringing together the boards of directors of all five architectural collaterals for the first time. In addition, Flynn served on the AIA National Board of Directors as the Central States Regional Director from 2010-2012 and is a member of the University of Kansas’s School of Architecture Advisory Board.

  • 1964
    Peter Green

    Architect and urban planner Peter Green has published a new mystery novel, Chicago's Designs, part of his Patrick MacKenna series. The novel is available for purchase through Amazon. In addition to his Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Green also earned a creative writing certificate from WashU.

  • 2002
    Valerie Greer

    Valerie Greer, MArch02, has accepted a tenure-track appointment as assistant professor of architecture at the University of Utah. Her appointment, which begins July 1, will include collaborative opportunities with the university’s School of Medicine, for research at the intersection of architecture design and health, with a particular focus on examining resilient spaces for an aging population. In addition to her work as a practicing architect, Greer has held various teaching positions at Washington University since 2005, including most recently as professor of practice and coordinator for strategic graduate initiatives in architecture in the Sam Fox School. Her teaching and research at WashU have centered around topics of aging, behavioral health, and healing environments.

  • 2010
    Yusheen Yang

    JENSEN Architects has promoted Yusheen Yang to senior designer. Yang joined JENSEN in 2014, bringing a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. With experience ranging from urban residences to public spaces to large-scale overseas developments, Yang approaches each project with an eye toward architecture’s role in shaping our environment—and society—as well as an appreciation of the thoughtful details that distinguish good design. She graduated from University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture, then worked in New York City before earning her Master of Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis.

  • 2001
    Jill Downen

    Jill Downen will be one of the featured artists in the upcoming exhibition State of the Art 2020 at both Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Momentary, a new space for contemporary visual and performing arts. The 61 individuals in State of the Art 2020 represent a cross-section of artists working today, and their artwork will be organized into thematic sections. The show will be on view February 22-May 24, 2020.

  • 1995
    Mark Steel Wool Salinas
    BFA95, Sculpture

    On April 18, 2019, the Nevada Humanities, a nonprofit state council affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities, presented the Humanities Rising Star Award to Mark Salinas. Eleven recipients from the Silver State received a 2019 Nevada Humanities Award, which recognizes the achievement of “extraordinary individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to Nevada’s communities using the tools of the humanities to strengthen and enhance the lives of the people of Nevada. Within the past year, the Carson City Department of Arts & Culture, established by Salinas, was also awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The Big Read Grant was only awarded to one recipient in Nevada, and it provided for 30 days of creative community programming based upon themes found in an American novel. Salinas, in partnering with the Nevada State Museum and the Carson City Library, selected Charles Portis’ True Grit. The Carson City Chamber of Commerce named the project the "Best Event in 2018." Nancy Paulson, City Manager of Carson City, welcomes the heightened state and national arts awareness to Nevada’s rural capital. “This recognition promotes quality of life, downtown vitality, and community pride,” she said. “Carson City is fortunate to have Mark Salinas leading the charge in putting Carson City’s mark on the state and national arts scene.”

  • 2007
    Yu Araki
    BFA in Sculpture

    Yu Araki is shortlisted as one of the 21 artists competing for the Future Generation Art Prize hosted by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2019.

  • 1967
    Perci Chester
    BFA 1067

    Exhibition of photographs titled " In Search of the Glass Slipper: San Francisco 1974".
    Though I work across various media and have photographed throughout my career, I am thrilled to exhibit this photographic series at the San Francisco Public Library. While the photographs were taken in the 1970s, they resonate now as timeless portraits of vibrant individuals who deserve to be recognized.

  • 2007
    Rory Lucey
    BFA in Printmaking + Drawing

    Rory Lucey, M.A. in Teaching Art & Design '09, published his first book, "Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo", which is a graphic novel about the cat from the 1979 film Alien from Titan Books.

  • 1979
    Peter Tao
    Bachelor of Art (Major in Architecture). 1979

    DAY ONE website, which includes a trailer.

    We are next in the Milwaukee Film Festival this October and then the St. Louis International Film Festival in November (screening is Nov. 3).

    For the Milwaukee Film Festival, DAY ONE was listed as a Documentary Film Favorite.

    For the St. Louis International Film Festival, we were nominated in 2 film award competitions.
    Film Category: Interfaith Competition. A juried Competition. 1 of 10 films selected.
    Film Category: Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Competition. A juried competition. 1 of 8 films selected.

    We are now actively planning on a national roll out to let the nation learn how to be a Welcoming City.

  • 1979
    Peter Tao
    Bachelor of Arts (Major in Architecture), 1979

    Peter Tao, architect by day with his firm, TAO + LEE Associates, helped produce DAY ONE, a documentary film that premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival on May 1, 2018. DAY ONE focuses on the Nahed Chapman New American Academy, a St. Louis public school that supports newcomer refugee and immigrant students in grades K-10, as well as its devoted educators and welcoming community. It covers a broad spectrum of topics, including education, community, empathy, humanitarianism, refugees and immigrants, policy, inclusion and diversity, and hope.

  • 1977
    Amy Chaiklin

    An installation photograph of the group exhibition Watch These Girls: 19 Women Who Do Copy Art, curated by Amy Chaiklin, BFA77, at Club 57 in 1982, is included in the Museum of Modern Art exhibition catalog for Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978-1983. The installation photograph is also mentioned in catalog essays written by Ron Magliozzi (curator, Department of Film, MoMA), Sophie Cavoulacos (assistant curator, Department of Film, MoMA), and Laura Hoptman (curator of painting and sculpture, MoMA). Watch These Girls: 19 Women Who Do Copy Art was a feminist intersectional group exhibition that featured works by nineteen women, including two WashU art alumnae: Chaiklin and Pam Meyer, BFA77. In his essay, Magliozzi wrote, "Homemade zines and copy art proved among the most useful and accessible mediums of choice on the downtown scene, and exhibitions such as Watch These Girls: 19 Women Who Do Copy Art (October 14, 1982), curated by Amy Chaiklin, confirmed that women had taken the lead in shaping the medium's creative uses." The MoMA exhibition is on view October 31, 2017, through April 1, 2018. To view a larger version of the installation photograph, click here. Image credit: Watch These Girls: 19 Women Who Do Copy Art, 1982, black and white installation photograph. (from left) Artwork by Amy Chaiklin (Caught Mermaid, ink & copy art on paper, 30 x 22 inches, 1980), Barbara Wyeth (Bra, Panties, Slip Garter Belt, Stockings, and Shoes, copy art on board, dimensions variable, 1982), and Miriam Jacobs (Torno III, Janzen, Self Portrait, copy art, 22 x 15 inches each, 1982).

  • 2000
    Rebecca Silber (Goldstein)
    BFA Graphic Design, 2000

    Rebecca Silber (Goldstein), who has been a freelance graphic designer in Milwaukee for the last twelve years, recently designed an outdoor advertising campaign for the City of New York's Department of Homeless Services. She has also recently been busy designing printed materials for Historic Milwaukee Inc.'s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event and a myriad of projects for the Milwaukee Public Library.

  • 2014
    Sean FitzGibbons

    Centenary College of Louisiana's Meadows Museum of Art has hired San Antonio artist and curator Sean FitzGibbons as its new director. FitzGibbons is currently a senior management analyst with the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture. In his work for the city as well as with LoneStar Studios, an alternative art space that he founded and managed for five years, he has earned a reputation as a collaborative and innovative curator committed to community engagement. Full details about FitzGibbons' appointment can be found in this release.