In the News: July 2020

Catoptric Surface installed in Steinberg Hall.

Posted by Sam Fox School July 27, 2020


Catoptric Surface, a project installed in the front windows of Steinberg Hall, is a finalist for an Architizer A+ Design Award. The research project is a collaboration between the Sam Fox School's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design and the McKelvey School of Engineering's Department of Computer Science & Engineering, led by associate professor Chandler Ahrens (Sam Fox School) and professor Roger Chamberlain (McKelvey School); it included student researchers Adam Barnstorff, Zinan Chi, Joshua Gelbard, Scott Mitchell, and Lisette Torres, along with research engineer Abhishek Dwaraki. Readers may vote on their favorite project through July 31 through this link>>

Professor Lisa Bulawsky, chair of the MFA in Visual Art program and director of Island Press, was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance for Mnemosyne Press projects. The press collaborates with older adults to create and disseminate fine artworks that use printmaking processes to explore personal and shared histories. The completed prints will be exhibited at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation's High Low Gallery in May 2021. Learn more>>

Jacqueline Terrassa (BFA91) has been named the Carolyn Muzzy Director of the Colby College Museum of Art. She is currently the Woman’s Board vice president for learning and public engagement at the Art Institute of Chicago and previously worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smart Museum. Learn more>>

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer (BFA99/BA99) has won the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize for her second collection of poems, Well Waiting Room. The book will be published in fall 2021 by Fordham University Press. The poems were part of the inspiration for the collaborative, multimedia installation The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs, created in 2018 with associate professor Cheryl Wassenaar at the Des Lee Gallery. Learn more>>

Elana Mann (BFA03) participated in "Weaving Tight Enough: Forming Solidarities and 'Fixing' the Situation," the third episode in X-TRA’s Artists and Rights conversation series, which explores what art can do at the intersection of Los Angeles’ most urgent issues and artistic practice. Learn more>>

Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA17) was interviewed on Artsy for the article "Kahlil Robert Irving’s Gritty Ceramics and Internet Collages Examine Contemporary Violence." His work will be included in the Great Rivers Biennial, opening this September at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Learn more>>

The New York Studio School 2020 Alumni Exhibition, which includes work by Amy Chaiklin (BFA77), is hosted online at Artsy through July 31. Learn more>>

On view through August 29, Houska Gallery's Summer Group Show includes work by Rachel Lebo (MFA19), Jordan McGirk (MFA11), and Edo Rosenblith (MFA17), among others. The gallery is open by appointment. Learn more>>

Atrium Gallery's current online pop-up exhibition is a group show featuring work by Adrian Luchini, the Raymond E. Maritz Professor of Architecture, and others. Learn more>>

Art alum Paula Wilson (BFA98) is one of 10 recipients of a special 2020-21 Hodder Fund Grant from the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. The grants recognize the particular challenges the pandemic has caused and are intended to support the selected artists in continuing to advance their work in this environment. Learn more>>

Professor Tim Portlock was interviewed by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis for their series Artist Notes from a Pandemic. Portlock is one of three artists selected for the 2020 Great Rivers Biennial, which opens at the museum this fall. Learn more>>

Art alum Yu Araki (BFA07) was one of four artists selected for the 2020 Asia Culture Center's (ACC) Cinema Fund in the film category. The award provides funding and an exhibition for a traditional or experimental film project. Learn more>>

Architecture alum Lauren Henkin (BA96) recently interviewed architect Brad Cloepfil, who designed the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Henkin's photographs and interventions focus on how we occupy and relate to space, and her work resides in numerous collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the High Museum of Art. Learn more>>

In an essay recently published in PLATFORM, senior lecturer Michael Allen examines the relevance of interdisciplinary humanities approaches to architecture in the current moment of pandemic and rebellion, including the relationship of design practices to political power, economic disparity, racial oppression and police practices. Learn more>>

Segregation by Design, a book edited by associate professor Catalina Freixas and Mark Abbott (professor emeritus, Harris-Stowe University), was featured on OMA's "What We Are Reading" list. Learn more>>

In this article on Quartz, professor D.B. Dowd weighs in on the much talked about poster designed by New York governor Andrew Cuomo. “The comprehensive fuzziness of the entire thing, attributable to the worst of Photoshop ‘painting,’ works against its authority,” he argues. “The ‘naïve’ style [aka outsider art] is not as effective as it would be if it had been painted, drawn with a crayon, or gouged.” Learn more>>

DAY ONE, an award-winning documentary by architecture alum Peter Tao (BA79) that follows a group of teens from war zones in the Middle East and Africa as they resettle in St. Louis, will be broadcast 10p CDT July 21 on Nine Network St. Louis (KETC/Channel 9). Learn more>>

Even the Birds Know It, a film by Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11), will be screened at NewMediaFest 2020, hosted by the Institut für Alles Mögliche, Stützpunkt Teufelsberg in Berlin. Learn more>>

Assistant professor Heidi Kolk was interviewed by WashU's Center for Teaching & Learning for their new series, Innovative Teaching During COVID-19. She spoke about her strategies to help students adapt to online learning, from adjusting the pacing of assignments, to utilizing platforms like Zoom and Canvas. Learn more>>

Architecture alum Susan Morgan (BS01) has made a planned gift in memory of her mentor and “architecture mother” Sandy Brennan, a longtime staff member. Morgan met Brennan as a high school student in the Architecture Discovery Program. “We were close personal friends for more than half my life,” says Morgan. “She and her husband would bring homemade treats when my classmates and I were working hard. They made sure that our time at WashU was a really special and nurtured experience.” Learn more>>

Undergraduate architecture student Alex Rubin was named a semi-finalist for the Dean James E. McLeod First-Year Writing Prize for the essay Deeper than Surface Level: An Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap Between the USWNT and the USMNT. There were over 100 entries to the competition. A ceremony honoring the winners, honorable mentions, and semi-finalists will be held this fall. Learn more>>

Architecture alum Kevin J. Flynn (MArch79) 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. Learn more>>

Anna Friedrich (MArch20/MCM20) is taking part in the inaugural Places Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop. Twenty-eight students from around the world are taking part in the online workshops, which include seminars, writing practice, and one-on-one mentorship with Places’ editors. Participants will develop their own essays on the theme of “Architecture, Urbanism, Pandemics,” which will be published in a new special section of Places later this year. Learn more>>

World of Glass, a new children's book about Dale Chihuly by WashU alum and longtime Kemper Art Museum volunteer Jan Greenberg (BA64) and Sandra Jordan, was released this May from Abrams Books for Young Readers. Greenberg and Jordan have authored many distinguished books about contemporary art for children. Learn more>>

The group exhibitions OVERVIEW_2020 and Behind our Masks at Bruno David Gallery feature work by several members of the Sam Fox School community. The gallery is also currently featuring The Last Man, a video by recent Freund Teaching Fellow Dana Levy, and Contemplation, an installation by Riley M. Williams (MFA-VA18). All four shows are on view through August 30. Learn more>>

Communication design alum Sandy Speicher (BFA96), CEO of IDEO, recently participated in the virtual conference Where are the Black Designers?. She spoke about organizational responsibilities for and commitments to addressing issues of social inequities. Learn more>>

Art alum Yu Araki's (BFA07) film Bivalvia: Act 1 will be screened virtually this week as part of the God's House Tower's Summer by the Sea series. Araki discusses his latest work in this interview with the organization. Learn more>>

Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, authored a chapter in the newly released book Teaching Artistic Research (De Gruyter, 2020). The chapter discusses the interdisciplinary course The Art of Medicine, which Olynyk co-teaches with Arts & Sciences professor Rebecca Messbarger. Learn more>>

Architecture alum Stephen Yablon (BA75) and his eponymous firm are featured in Architectural Record’s recent story “Architects Revamp Workspace for Social Distancing.” Yablon discusses how his firm adapted their design for a financial services company that was about to start construction, in response to the coronavirus. Learn more>>

Beckett's Maze: Go On, an ephemeral installation by alum Robin Crocker (BFA84) opened at the Jamestown Arts Center in Rhode Island on June 12. About the participatory work, Crocker notes, "In the midst of this global pandemic, faced with deeply rooted social injustice and political divide, now is a crucial time to contemplate our role, our impact, as part of this whole." Learn more>>

In "Episode 8 of the Informal History podcast, senior lecturer Michael Allen participates in a roundtable discussion on the future of the The Apotheosis of St. Louis, the monument atop Art Hill in Forest Park. Allen was interviewed about the history of St. Louis' private streets, like the Central West End's Portland Place, for an article on Streetsblog USA. The neighborhood made national headlines when two of its residents threatened a group of protesters with firearms.

The international juried exhibition Material Identity includes work by associate professor Arny Nadler. The show is on view July 10-August 29 at the Artworks Center for Contemporary Art in Loveland, Colorado. Learn more>>

This year's St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase will include online screenings of Descend and Dirty Look, two films by Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11). The virtual festival, which takes place July 10-19, is presented by Cinema St. Louis. Learn more>>

Ecclesiastés 1:2, an exhibition by MFA-VA student Carlos Salazar-Lermont, is composed of performance art-imbued photography and video. Curated by Wil Ruggiero, the show can be viewed online or in person by appointment at Chuquimarca in Chicago through August 30. Learn more>>