In the News: September 2020

From Dark Matter by John Whitaker (MLA21), receipient of an Award of Excellence in the 2020 National ASLA Student Awards.

Posted by Sam Fox School September 22, 2020


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Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA17) was named to The Artsy Vanguard 2020 "Newly Emerging" list. Artists were nominated by an international cohort of curators and art professionals for work that is engaged with social and political issues at the forefront of contemporary art. He also discusses his practice and participation in the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Great Rivers Biennial in this episode of Sliver Space's Cool WIP podcast.

Assistant professor Shantel Blakely and Kranzberg Art & Architecture librarian Jennifer Akins took part in the Information Literacy Learning Community hosted by the Gephardt Institute. As a result, an information literacy skill set has been added to the learning goals of the School's Architectural History II course. Akins will instruct students on the effective and ethical use of online image resources and source citations. Associate professor Aggie Toppins will participate in the ILLC with Akins this semester, in preparation for the spring 2021 course Semiotics Studio: Designing Signs and Symbols. Learn more>>

Meredith Malone, associate curator at the Kemper Art Museum, explores the work of painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida on this Encyclopædia Britannica podcast (listen through the audio tab). Learn more>>

Deia Schlosberg (BFA03/BA03), best known for her 2019 documentary The Story of Plastic, was interviewed by WashU's Office for Sustainability. Read about her latest projects and how her dual degree in visual communication and earth & planetary sciences (plus an "almost-minor" in African American literature) led her to a career in filmmaking. Learn more>>

Nina Crosby Walton, a junior majoring in Communication Design and minoring in Human-Computer Interaction and Architecture, has been named the Sam Fox School's representative on the University's Global Health Student Advisory Committee. Learn more>>

A pair of essays written by Jeannette Cooperman for The Common Reader include reflections by associate professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu: "Why Women Can Dress Like Men But Not Vice Versa" and "The Return of the Muumuu."

Lecturer Heather Bennett and assistant professor Penina Acayo Laker were guest speakers in WashU's three-week immersion course, The Pandemic: Science and Society, led by Krista Milich, an assistant professor of biological anthropology in Arts & Sciences. All 15 lectures are available to watch through the link. Learn more>>

The seventh annual McLeod First-Year Writing Prize ceremony will be held October 1 from 5:30-6:30p on Zoom. This year's honorees include undergraduate architecture student Alex Rubin, who was named a semi-finalist for the essay Deeper than Surface Level: An Analysis of the Gender Wage Gap Between the USWNT and the USMNT. Learn more>>

Associate professor Derek Hoeferlin (chair of landscape architecture and urban design) and American Rivers' Olivia Dorothy will discuss the Mississippi River's cultural significance in a STL History Live talk titled Our River Conversation: Valuing the River. Presented by the Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with the exhibit Mighty Mississippi, the talk will take place at 11a CDT September 29. Learn more>>

Multimedia artist Paula Wilson (BFA98) and Mitra Abbaspour, the Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Princeton University Art Museum, will take part in an online curatorial conversation at 5:30p Eastern October 1. Learn more>>

A Blues For..., an online exhibition by Jen Everett (MFA19), pairs photographs of the 2014 Ferguson uprising with text works. On view throug October 14, the show is presented by Saint Mary's College Department of Art and Moreau Art Galleries. Learn more>>

Lecturer Alexandra Mei is one of 11 individuals selected for the 2020 WxLA Scholarship. WxLA is a vocal advocacy initiative for gender justice in landscape architecture. The scholarship aids in the professional development and success of young and emerging leaders in the profession, covering the cost of attendance at the Conference on Landscape Architecture. Learn more>>

Mark Salinas (BFA95/BA95) is serving as a national public art consultant for Smart Growth America's Art + Transportation Rapid Response initiative, which pairs local transportation agencies with artists to create projects that address pandemic-related transportation challenges and systemic inequities. Salinas will work with artist Ashley Hairston Doughty (BFA06) in Las Vegas to design and implement artwork and signage at the Bonneville Transit Center that will educate the public about social distancing and safe transit riding practices. Learn more>>

The Reese Museum in Tennessee has purchased professor emeritus Ron Fondaw's sculpture Dark Particle for their permanent collection. It is also featured in their current online exhibition, Local Art in the Age of the 2020 Global Pandemic. Learn more>>

Shelter (Our) Place, an exhibition by artist Christine D'Epiro Abbott (MFA08), portrays a hopeful perspective of joyful communion in the face of the pandemic, which has dramatically shifts the focus toward life at home. The show is on view September 22-October 30 at the Dublin Arts Council in Ohio. Learn more>>

De Nichols (BFA10/MSW10) will deliver an online lecture for the University of Houston School of Art's visiting speaker series from 7-9p CDT on September 24. Learn more>>

Now is the Time/Time After Time and Drawings of Protest, featuring sculpture and drawings by artist Perci Chester (BFA67), are currently on view at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art in Minneapolis. Learn more>>

Associate professor Aggie Toppins discussed her research on graphic design historiography, including equity in representation and methodology, on the Design Dedux podcast. Learn more>>

Associate professor Patty Heyda's review of Erkin Özay’s new book, Urban Renewal and School Reform in Baltimore: Rethinking the 21st Century Public School (Routledge, 2020), has been published in the Journal of Urban Design. Heyda's review is titled "Designing the Instruments of Urban Reform." Learn more>>

Work by artist Quinn Antonio Briceño (MFA22) informed by his experience growing up in Nicaragua and St. Louis is featured in a solo exhibition at Houska Gallery. The show is on view through October 17. Learn more>>

John Whitaker (MLA21/MSAAD21) received an Award of Excellence in the 2020 National ASLA Student Awards for Dark Matter, a research by design thesis investigating organic reduction (composting) of human remains as a means of promoting biological and cultural diversity in human cemeteries. Learn more>>

Four members of the Sam Fox School community are featured in the fall/winter exhibitions opening September 11 at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The Great Rivers Biennial features selected artists Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA17), professor Tim Portlock, and Rachel Youn (BFA17). ...when the cuts erupt...the garden rings...and the warning is a wailing... juxtaposes two new works by Ebony G. Patterson (MFA08): an immersive installation in the Front Gallery and a monumental, multilayered paper collage extending from CAM’s 60-foot-long Project Wall. The exhibitions are on view through February 21. Jane Henderson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch highlights the work of all four featured artists in this article. A virtual tour and conversation with Irving will take place October 2 as part of First Friday at CAM.

As part of the Detroit Month of Design, associate professor Linda C. Samuels is participating in a two-part panel discussion organized by LOHA on the future of design and community engagement in the public realm. The panels will take place September 15 and 16. PART ONE will focus on community engagement, and will consider how the changes brought about by COVID-19 impact the lives of all citizens and in turn shape our cities. PART TWO will explore the effect of social distancing on the future of design in the public realm. Registration details are available through the link. Learn more>>

In this Ladue News story, Eric Mumford (Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture) and Patty Heyda (associate professor of urban design and architecture) reflect on the history of residential developments in the St. Louis area, as well as current trends and spots that are "current hotbeds for architectural innovations." Learn more>>

In a recent Hyperallergic article, several artists were asked how they look at their personal collection differently in the midst of the pandemic, and which works in particular. Artist Tanja Softić reflects on Linear Progress by Elysia Mann (BFA07): "The work is an enraged elegy. Everything in it—the process, the composition of text, the unforgiving colors—speaks with shocking clarity. Especially now." Learn more>>

Professor D.B. Dowd discusses everything from illustration history and the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library to his latest publication, A is for Autocrat, on St. Louis Public Radio's Cut & Paste podcast. Jonathan D. Goodwin of St. Louis Public Radio also did a separate piece with Dowd exclusively focused on A is for Autocrat. "One thing I really wanted the book to do is—OK, it’s kind of paradoxical—to use a form designed for small children to speak to adults about a very serious subject," Dowd says.

David Mason (BA75) has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. A licensed architect, Mason is the president and CEO of David Mason & Associates, which he co-founded in 1989. Learn more>>

Anna Friedrich's (MArch20/MCM20) essay "The Essential Business of City Hall" is published on the Places Journal website. Friedrich wrote the essay as part of the inaugural Places Summer Writing + Editorial Workshop. Learn more>>

The Wheel of Fortune & How to Build a Ghost by Michael Byron (Kenneth E. Hudson Professor of Art) and Oculus by Patricia Olynyk (Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art) are among the exhibitions opening September 12 at Bruno David Gallery. The shows will be on view through October 24. Learn more>>

Julia Clift (BFA09) is among the artists featured in Sand Between my Teeth, a printable exhibition curated by Tiger Strikes Asteroid. Learn more>>

La nación en llamas, an exhibition featuring work by José Guadalupe Garza (MFA13) and Miriam Ruiz representing a nation in crisis, is on view September 1-30 at STNDRD in Granite City, Illinois. Learn more>>

Screenings of the films ILLUSIVE ECHOES and DESCEND by alum Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11) will take place at the ALC Videoart Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Alicante (Spain) September 3-5. His films STORY 5: SCENES 1-9 and STORY 6: SCENES 1-9 will screen at LIFE AFTER OIL International Film Festival, presented by the Ottana & Santa Teresa Gallura (Sardinia, Italy), September 3-5 and 18-21. He will also screen PIZZICATO at Kurzfilmwanderung in Leipzig, Germany, September 9-19.

them, now and thereafter, an exhibition curated by senior lecturer Jennifer Colten, is on view September 4-October 2 at Monaco. The show features work by Colten, Sara Ghazi Asadollahi (MFA19), Dail Chambers, and Wyndi DeSouza (MFA16). Learn more>>

NO DEAD ARTISTS, the 24th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, features work by associate professor Arny Nadler and alum Norton Pease (MFA99), among others. A self-guided artwalk will take place from 10a-5p September 5. The exhibition is on view August 22-September 30. Learn more>>