In the News: January 2021

Michael Allen.

Posted by Sam Fox School January 25, 2021


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Architecture alumni Hunvey Chen (BA06) and Anne Fletcher (BA93) have been named to the Los Angeles Business Journal's list of most influential women in construction and design. Both hold leadership roles at HOK: Chen is the regional leader of healthcare; Fletcher is a managing principal. Learn more>>

In this interview with Artsy, alum Susan Barrett (BFA89/BA89), president and founder of St. Louis' Barrett Barrera Projects, discusses art collecting, her favorite works in her collection, and what artists she's most excited about right now. Learn more>>

Architecture student Ange Long (BA23) is serving as a campus ambassador to We Care STL, a newly founded nonprofit organization that raises funds and distributes care packages to free medical clinics in St. Louis. Learn more>>

The latest edition of E-Squared magazine, an international journal of art and science, features a six-page spread of work by Bryan Page (MFA19). Learn more>>

Sight Unseen, a video work by assistant professor Eric Ellingsen, was featured in COLLATERAL: Online Journal for Cross-Cultural Close Reading from the PXL-MAD School of Arts in Belgium. Ellingsen originally presented the work at the Freiraum Festival 2020, a pan-European hybrid festival on the state of freedom and of the arts today. Learn more>>

Trudy and Alan Goldberg (BA54) are leading a four-part lecture series exploring modern and ancient sites in Mexico along, with their esteemed collection of Mexican art, which they recently donated to the Mexican Museum of San Francisco. The series will take place at 9a Central on Wednesdays, running from January 27-February 10, and is hosted by the Lapham Community Center of New Canaan, Connecticut. Learn more>>

Instructional technologist Dmitri Jackson (BFA08) is leading a free comics workshop titled Draw 50 Emotions with Dmitri Jackson and The Believer Magazine. The events is hosted by UNLV Black Mountain Institute, and takes place at 6p Central January 29. All ages are welcome. Learn more>>

Both Sides Now, a group exhibition that includes work by Michael Byron (Kenneth E. Hudson Professor of Art) and Tom Friedman (BFA88), among others, is on view January 29-March 13 at Barrett Barrera Projects + Gallery. Learn more>>

The Photographic Center Northwest is hosting an online presentation of To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Adults at 2p Central January 30. The event will feature discussion with project creators Jess T. Dugan, the 2020-21 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, and Vanessa Fabbre, assistant professor in the Brown School. Learn more>>

Several exhibitions and installations open January 30 at Bruno David Gallery: Paper Made and Unmade by professor emeritus of art Buzz Spector, Sea Lover by Charles Schwall (MFA91), WADE by Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective, Snow Cluster by professor emeritus of architecture Leslie Laskey, Proximity by Chris Kahler, and BLANCHE/BLANC, a group show with Lisa Blatt, Bunny Burson (MFA05), Judy Child, Jill Downen (MFA01), and associate professor Arny Nadler. The shows are on view through March 13. Learn more>>

In this video interview on theSTL, senior lecturer Michael Allen pushes back against the traditional view of historic preservation, encouraging residents to appreciate all parts of the region—especially those that have been left behind before. “The whole reason we’re preserving things is to tell the story of this country, " says Allen, "So, if we’re omitting the parts that are unpleasant or the record of injustice in the past, well then we’re not telling the full story.” Learn more>>

Jess T. Dugan, the 2020-21 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, was awarded the $3,000 Fine Art Scholarship from the ChromaLuxe X Lucie Foundation. Learn more>>

Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artists Collective has won the Lewis Prize for Music's $500,000 Accelerator Award. The group is composed of professional artists and African American and BIPOC youth working to create social change with a focus on gun violence prevention, through art, writing, and performance. The Story Stitchers are also supported by a grant from the Divided City initiative. Learn more>>

Two poems by Mihret Kebede translated by assistant professor Eric Ellingsen, Jorga Mesfin, and Uljana Wolf, were published in Circumference Magazine. Ellingsen is part of the international collective Poetry Jazz, which comprises international poets, musicians, artists, urbanists, and designers living and working between Ethiopia, Germany, and the United States. He is a contributor to the book Poetry Jazz: Wax and Gold (Koenig Press, 2019), which was supported by two large grants from the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Learn more>>

Lecturer Sage Dawson will hold studio visits this month with artists-in-residence at The New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation. Learn more>>

The St. Louis County Library's New on View series presents an interactive, virtual tour of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' main galleries with assistant curator Misa Jeffereis on January 19. Exhibitions include the Great Rivers Biennial 2020, with works by Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA17), professor Tim Portlock, and Rachel Youn (BFA17), and …when the cuts erupt…the garden rings…and the warning is a wailing… by Ebony G. Patterson (MFA06). Learn more>>

Professor D.B. Dowd, faculty director of WashU's D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (DMGHL), is among the participants in Picturing Freedom: A Century of Illustration, an online symposium examining historical and contemporary notions of freedom from fear, freedom of speech, and the role of illustration as a force in shaping public perception. The keynote speaker is Steven Heller. The symposium will take place January 15-16; time and registration through link. Learn more>>

This past fall, the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library (DMGHL) acquired the Craig Yoe Teaching Collection—six pallets of materials containing thousands of books, periodicals, and original works of art. Craig Yoe is a widely known collector, historian, publisher, cartoonist, and art director. According to DMGHL curator Skye Lacerte, the acquisition is especially significant because the materials encompass “the story of the history of comics and their creators.” Learn more>>

Digital America has published a Q&A with assistant professor Jonathan Hanahan. In it, they discuss his latest work, Edgelands, which sheds light on the growing environmental crisis created by e-waste—discarded electronics—the fastest-growing waste stream on the planet. Learn more>>

Paintings by Jessica Bremehr (MFA-VA21) are included in New American Painting's MFA Annual #147. Learn more>>

Date Night, a group exhibition featuring work by Howard Krohn (MFA-VA12), Edo Rosenblith (MFA-VA17), Janie Stamm (MFA-VA19), and others, is on view through February 13 at Monaco gallery. Learn more>>

Young-Tack Oh (BA12) is among the individuals participating in the Projecting Fellows Symposium: Publics session on January 19, part of a five-evening discussion series featuring the 2019-20 fellowship class, who will address emergent directions in architectural discourse. The event is hosted online by the University of Virginia School of Architecture; registration is available through the link. Learn more>>

Departures magazine profiles Kimia Ferdowsi Kline (BFA08), who hasn't let the pandemic stop her from showing her paintings in exhibitions around the world. Learn more>>

Gazelle magazine interviews multi-faceted, problem-solving artist Margaret Keller (MFA89) and discusses her exhibition Eyes Wide Open: Surveillance Series, recently on view at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation. Learn more>>

Ashley Ray reviews Buzz Spector: Alterations for St. Louis Magazine. Alterations is a survey of the internationally recognized artist's career; he is professor emeritus of art in the Sam Fox School.“[Spector] is a generous participant and interlocutor in the life of the university and the entire community,” said Elizabeth Wyckoff, who curated the exhibition with Gretchen L. Wagner. Learn more>>

“Modes of Interaction: Categorizing and Valuing Community-Engaged Teaching,” a paper authored by Liz Kramer (associate director of the Office for Socially Engaged Practice), is featured in the recently published book All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture: Towards the Future of Social Change. Learn more>>