In the News: August 2020

Posted by Sam Fox School August 25, 2020


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Rachel Youn (BFA17) discusses their multimedia practice and upcoming participation in the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Great Rivers Biennial in this episode of Sliver Space's Cool WIP podcast. Learn more>>

In an essay for The Conversation, associate professor Patty Heyda reflects on the effects degradations to the post office have on the social and physical fabric of American cities. "The post office shapes American public and private life in cities and towns, large and small," Heyda writes. "A dismantled USPS erodes American social ties, neighborhoods, and even families." Heyda also joined the Morning Buzz on WORT FM (Madison) to discuss the importance of the post office to communities as a "local public anchor institution."

Rural Intelligence features a profile on Alison McNulty (BFA01), who explores the nature of our relationship to the material world through sculpture, interactive projects, architectural interventions, site-responsive installations, photography, video, and works on paper. Her latest work, Hudson Valley Ghost Column 7, is on display at PS21 in New York through October. Learn more>>

Associate professor Catalina Freixas and Michael Willis (BA73/MArch76/MSW76) recently participated in The Architecture of Racism and the Black Lives Matter Movement, an online panel discussion presented by TTU College of Architecture's CoA Dialogues. Learn more>>

For the fall 2019 MUD studio IMPOSSIBLE STL, students reimagined St. Louis as a laboratory for creative thinking around sustainable innovation in the food system. In this video, they present ten reasons why St. Louis is the ideal location for the Impossible Foods Headquarters, and how design can support the goals of this ambitious company. The studio was led by associate professor Linda C. Samuels and lecturer L. Irene Compadre. Learn more>>

Culture Hype highlights "a new wave of black female artists"—including alum Ebony G. Patterson (MFA06)—who have been critically recognized and have recent publications documenting their individual practices. Ebony G. Patterson: …while the dew is still on the roses… surveys five years of the Jamaican-born artist's work, and accompanied her recent exhibition organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami (and was later on view at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville). Learn more>>

Alum Laurie Sperling (MArch79), CPSM, is president of HERA Laboratory Planners, which joins Flad Architects, Page, and WSP on the programming, planning, and design of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new 160,000-square-foot, multi-story High Containment Continuity Laboratory (HCCL) in Atlanta. Learn more>>

Senior lecturer Michael Allen is interviewed in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch story about the removal of three commercial billboards that had towered above gravestones in Washington Park Cemetery, once the St. Louis region’s preeminent Black burial site. "The highway, light rail, and billboards running through there are all affronts to memory,” Allen said, “and things you would not find at cemeteries where there are more stable finances and reverence.” Learn more>>

Alum Catherine Graham Sibley (BFA11) illustrated Ruth's River Dreams, a new children's book from the Missouri Historical Society Press. Written by Elizabeth Pickard, the book introduces early readers to Ruth Ferris, a steward of St. Louis' maritime heritage. The book is a companion to the museum’s Mighty Mississippi exhibit. Learn more>>

REMAKE magazine features an interview between art historian Jenny Wu and alum Mee Jey (MFA19) about Jey's current projects and the studio practice she has cultivated. Wu notes that Jey's work, "which combines aspects of conceptual art and performance art, is as far-reaching in its experimentation as it is focused in its intention." Learn more>>

Assistant professor Shreyas R Krishnan will do a (virtual) adapted reading of her comic-essay "Becoming Rosie: Rosie the Riveter & Performative Gender" as part of SHE/HER/HEARD: A Womxn and Media Storytelling Forum. The event is presented by Ad Club STL at 6p CDT August 26; it's free, but registration is required. Learn more>>

Strength in Suffrage: Tracing 100 Years and 100 Stories of Women, an exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment granting women's suffrage, features the work of Carron Little and alum Ginny Sykes (BFA79). The virtual opening and discussion will take place at 7p CDT August 26 via Twitch. The exhibition is presented by the Woodson Regional Public Library in Chicago. Learn more>>

Homemade, with Love: More Living Room, a multimedia installation that brings together interior design, audio, and visual art made with Black girls, includes a portion of Unheard Sounds, Come Through by alum Jen Everett (MFA19). The exhibition is on view August 27, 2020-July 3, 2021 at the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Learn more>>

Associate professor Derek Hoeferlin was named an Exhibit Columbus 2020-21 University Design Research Fellow. Seven fellowships were awarded to leading professors of architecture, landscape architecture, and design from American universities who will create installations highlighting their research. The fellows were selected for their ability to tackle issues related to the future of the city and the Mississippi Watershed region, such as sustainability and material reuse, non-human habitat, watershed ecologies, emergent technologies, and migration. Learn more>>

Artist and designer Ashley Hairston Doughty (BFA06) is mounting the solo exhibition Kept to Myself at the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Doughty is a visual storyteller whose practice engages with socioeconomic, racial, and gender-based issues, particularly those relating to cultural misconceptions and the development of personal identity. Kept to Myself provides an introduction to a substantial range of her work in different media, including video, fiber art, and illustration. Augmenting the exhibition space with her personal poems, written thoughts, and anecdotes, Doughty uses art and text to lead viewers through her experiences as a Black woman in contemporary society. The exhibition will be on view August 17 through October 9, 2020. Currently an assistant professor of art at UNLV, Doughty uses her business, Design Kettle, to create design projects with an emphasis on meaningful storytelling. Learn more>>

Cierra Higgins (MArch19/MUD19), the E. Todd Wheeler Health Fellow at Perkins & Will in Seattle, was interviewed by the company about her desire to pursue a career healthcare design. "There is added urgency right now during a global pandemic for designers to be innovative in how we plan spaces," says Higgins. "How can we make sure that everyone has equal protections throughout our communities?" Learn more>>

New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab (BFA09) was interviewed by Publisher's Weekly about her highly anticipated new novel, The Invisible Life of Addie Larue. “It’s about survival and defiant joy," says Schwab, "and it’s like, ‘I guess I write hope now?’ But I have to. Because I can’t compete with reality at the moment.” Learn more>>

Hongxi Yin, the InCEES associate professor, is featured in the FedTech article, "How Smart Technology Can Create Healthy Office Buildings. Reflecting on ways to optimize air flow within HVAC systems, Yin says, “For a federal building you would add heat recovery at the end of the HVAC system when the air exhausts and fresh air is taken in." Learn more>>

Alum Bob Flynn (BFA02) designed the characters and background for Civics! An American Musical, a new civics learning game from FableVision Games. Learn more>>

The National Association of Minority Landscape Architects—recently formed as a way to bring attention to minorities working in the area of landscape and urban design—highlighted the work of lecturer L. Irene Compadre and her St. Louis-based landscape Architecture firm Arbolope Studio on Instagram. Learn more>>

Pleasure is All Mine, a solo exhibition by alum Lola Ogbara (MFA20), examines physical textures and possible reimaginings of the Black feminine experience in the United States. The exhibition is on view August 13-September 7, 2020, at The Gallery at the Kranzberg Arts Center (viewings by appointment only); check out this review of the show by Jen Roberts for St. Louis Magazine. In addition, Ogbara is one of three St. Louis-based artists featured in Exposure 21: Three Myths, an exhibition on view August 29-December 5, 2020, at UMSL's Gallery 210. She will participate in a panel discussion about the show at 4p August 29. More information is available in this St. Louis American story.

Professor D.B. Dowd's A is for Autocrat: A Trumpian Alphabet, Illustrated, received a rave review from Steven Heller in PRINT's The Daily Heller. An interview between Dowd and Heller about "the ABCs of this Trump-inspired alphabetography" is available through the link. Learn more>>

Alum Susan Barrett (BFA89/BA89), president and founder of St. Louis' Barrett Barrera Projects, was named one of the St. Louis Business Journal's Most Influential Business Women of the year. The honorees will be recognized at a virtual celebration on August 12. Learn more>>

Alum Bryce Robinson (MFA11), director of the Jeske Sculpture Park in Ferguson, spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the park's new exhibition, Odili Donald Odita: From Periphery to Center. The show, comprising colorful flags meant to evoke the divides and bonds between places, is split between Jeske Sculpture Park and Laumeier Sculpture Park. Learn more>>

William Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art History and Archaeology in Arts & Sciences, was the featured guest on ESPN Radio's program The Weekend Warrior. He discussed the genius, art, and life of Michelangelo. Learn more>>

Alum De Nichols (BFA10/MSW14) was featured on Socially Driven's spotlight "Meet Six Civic Artists Creating Change with Paint." Nichols, a co-founder of Civic Creatives and a 2020 Loeb Fellow, delivered the keynote address at this year's Design Futures Forum, which was hosted by the Sam Fox School. Learn more>>

This article in the National Review highlights the Saint Louis Art Museum's impressive collection, including numerous paintings by Max Beckmann, who was a professor of painting at Washington University from 1947-49 in what was then the School of Fine Art. Learn more>>

The Space Between, an exhibition featuring a collaboration between art alum David Johnson (MFA07) and WashU alum Philip Matthews, as well as work by Kris Sanford, opens August 14 at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center. An additional virtual conversation with the artists will take place at 2p MDT August 15 via Zoom; registration is required. This show will be on view through September 23. Learn more>>

Jennifer Baker (MFA12) has been appointed director and chief curator at the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University. Baker had most recently served as a lecturer and critic-in-residence the University of Kansas, as well as curator of exhibitions at Powell Gardens. Learn more>>

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) recently honored the University's East End Transformation with its Excellence in Planning Honor for a district of campus component. The jury commented that “this ambitious overall plan beautifully reaches back to the history of the campus…” and was “wonderful and inspiring.” Learn more>>

Works by Ian Weaver (MFA08) 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 was acquired by 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. Learn more>>

A suite of photographs of oak trees by senior lecturer Jennifer Colten was published in Katalog Journal: Journal of Photography, an international publication. The trees were part of the University's Oak Allée, which was explored in the One Tree Studio, an interdisciplinary MLA course led by Jesse Vogler and Ken Botnick in 2017. Learn more>>

Bridgette Zou (BFA12/BA12)'s picture book, Norman and the Nom Nom Factory (Starberry Books, 2018), was featured on Julie Andrews' popular children's podcast, Julie's Library. The book was read and performed by Andrews, along with special guest actors. Learn more>>

The national juried exhibition WORD. features work by associate professor Cheryl Wassenaar. The show is hosted online by ShockBoxx Gallery, and remains on view through August 19. Learn more>>

The Missouri History Museum presents The Bridge: Women, Art, and Power, an online panel discussion featuring local women who make a difference in their communities through art and creativity. Moderated by Jessica Baran, and features panelists Vanessa Charlot, Andrea “Kahrizma” Hughes, Mee Jey (MFA19), and Yvonne Osei (MFA16). The online panel will take place at 6:30p CDT August 6. Learn more>>

Ecology Without Nature: Industries, Communities and Environmental Memory, curated by Lukas Brasiskis, will include a screening of Un-Pollute, a film by Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11). The online screening will be presented through e-flux on August 8. Learn more>>