In the News: February 2021

The Bear in My Family by Maya Tatsukawa (Dial Books, 2020).

Posted by Sam Fox School February 22, 2021


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Island Press debuted a new online exhibition on Artsy. Spaces of Inner Nature showcases works from their collection that serve as catalysts for redefining our places as humans in this shaken world. The exhibition includes artworks by Shimon Okshteyn, Nick Cave, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Hung Liu, James Siena, and Paula Wilson (BFA98) that were produced in collaboration with and published by Island Press. Learn more>>

Currents 119: Dana Levy, a solo exhibition created by the 2019-20 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, is on view February 26-August 15 at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Also on view concurrently is Levy's The Weight of Things, featured in SLAM's New Media Series. Learn more>>

Talismans, a virtual group exhibition featuring work by Amy Chaiklin (BFA77), is on view through March 31 at Monica King Projects in New York. Learn more>>

In this article in Architect magazine, which addresses building regulations for abortion clinics, senior lecturer George Johannes discusses the impact of new building standards imposed on existing clinics by TRAP laws like Texas HB2. “We work within codes as a profession...When those same tools are used for political purposes, it calls into question the whole system," Johannes said. "That should concern every architect.” The article also features the Planned Parenthood in Queens (seen above), designed by Stephen Yablon Architecture, the firm founded by alum Stephen Yablon (BA75). Learn more>>

Artist Alison McNulty (BFA01), a member of the College Art Association's (CAA) Services to Artists Committee, helped organize three sessions for the 2021 CAA Annual Conference highlighting the work of Indigenous artists and scholars. Recordings of the sessions are available through March 15. McNulty teaches at the Parsons School of Design. Learn more>>

The MFA in Visual Art program awarded four students Research and Production Grants this spring: The recipients are: Jessica Bremehr, for the project Fertile Follies; Maddie Grotewiel, for the project I want you to smell me; Ryan Erickson, for the project The Shape of Language; and Younser (Seri) Lee, for the project Remembrance of Feeling.

The Rule of Three, an exhibition of works from the permanent collection, including three sculptures by associate professor Arny Nadler, is on view through May 30 at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Learn more>>

Professor and New York Times best-selling illustrator John Hendrix has released a new book, Go and Do Likewise: The Parables and Wisdom of Jesus (Abrams, 2021). The work is an inspirational and richly illustrated book for children which interweaves his signature hand-lettering and award-winning style. Learn more>>

Jarea Fang (BA22 in Studio Art) published an article for the Office of Sustainability about Eco Art, a course that allows students "to think about integrating two deeply held commitments: their art and design practice, and their commitment to environmental change,” according to associate professor Cheryl Wassenaar, who teaches the course. See a virtual exhibition of student work from the course, and learn more through the link. Learn more>>

The paper "Farm to Fashion: Suri Alpaca with Spiral Patternmaking," written by associate professor Mary Ruppert-Stroescu and Jeremy M. Bernardoni (Louisiana State University), was presented at the 2020 International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Meeting and published on their website. Learn more>>

Laurie A. Sperling (MArch79), co-founder and president of HERA Laboratory Planners, has announced her retirement. To honor her, the firm has established a graduate scholarship in architecture in the Sam Fox School. Sperling is also a 2007 recipient of an Award for Distinction from the School. Learn more>>

The Saint Louis Story Stitchers Artist Collective has launched a new podcast, StitchCast Studio. Their first episode, Understanding Trauma, aired last week featured Stitchers Youth Council co-chairs Branden Lewis and Emeara Burns, along with critical care surgeon and Power4STL president LJ Punch. The project is funded by The Divided City initiative. Learn more>>

Emma Rubinson (BFA21 in Fashion Design) is having a major moment on TikTok. The account where she shares her designs, which she launched only last summer, has grown to a whopping 110,000 followers with over 1.2 million likes. Read the full profile in Student Life. Learn more>>

Last fall in the Seeds seminar, a graduate-level landscape architecture course taught by lecturer Lynn Peemoeller, students studied the relationships between seeds and humans, researching the possibilities that seeds offer as design inspiration while developing a better understanding of how plants live and exist in ecosystems. Students’ research incorporated the hands-on practice of seed saving and seed sprouting, and the tactile experience of handling seeds at both ends of the plant’s life, allowing them to tap into the great possibility and connection to place that each seed contains. See more samples of student work in the course book>>

Taking on Monuments, a virtual roundtable with Paula Wilson (BFA98) and Maren Hassinger, moderated by Alpesh Kantilal Patel, will take place at 6p Central February 9. The roundtable is presented by Locust Projects (Miami) in conjunction with the exhibition Paula Wilson: On High, on view through February 13. Learn more>>

The Bubble Pops/Movement Strategies, an exhibition by Zlatko Ćosić (MFA11) and Laurencia Strauss (MFA13), is on view February 10-May 2 at Oolite Arts, Windows at Walgreens in Miami Beach. The show is supported in part by WaveMaker Grants at Locust Projects, part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' Regional Regranting Program. Learn more>>

American Space, an exhibition of work by Julia Clift (BFA09), is on view through February 13 at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. Learn more>>

Vanilla Pride, an exhibition by Daniel Stumeier (MFA14) examining American popular culture, specifically that of the Midwest, is on view through February 28 at STNDRD in the Granite City Art and Design District. Learn more>>

Maya Tatsukawa's (BFA13) debut children's book, The Bear in My Family, was named a Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book, an award that recognizes distinguished books for beginning readers published in English in the United States. Her next book, Dandelion Magic, will be released this spring. In addition to being an author and illustrator, she works as a book designer for Candlewick Press. Learn more>>

Associate professor Derek Hoeferlin, chair of landscape architecture and urban design, published the article “The Watershed Architecture of the Mississippi River Basin” in The Anthropocene Review (SAGE Publishing). Research assistants who assisted with the drawings for the project included the following faculty and alumni: Caroline Amstutz, L. Irene Compadre, Allison Mendez, Jonathan Stitelman, Jess Vanecek, Paul Wu, and Chenyu Zhang. Learn more>>

Senior lecturer Michael Allen was interviewed on KMOX about preserving St. Louis' historic architecture, the importance of inclusive histories, and redlining and historic inequities in economic distribution. Learn more>>

Professor Tim Portlock was interviewed in Artforum about his exhibition Nickels from Heaven, on view now at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as part of the Great Rivers Biennial 2020. Portlock, who uses video game software to make digital cityscapes that confront issues of vacancy, segregation, and neglect, says he's "trying to draw a parallel between the way data is understood and how artists who made landscape images in the nineteenth century were selective—and omissive—in order to propagandize notions of progress and 'greatness.'" St. Louis on the Air also interviewed Portlock about the solo show. Portlock will discuss the exhibition with curator Misa Jeffereis from 4-5p Central February 5 as part of CAM First Friday. An additional panel discussion, featuring Portlock and fellow Great Rivers Biennial artists Kahlil Robert Irving (MFA17) and Rachel Youn (BFA17), along with exhibition jurors José Carlos Diaz, Christopher Y. Lew, and Amanda Ross-Ho, will take place at 6:30p Central February 11.

To Survive on this Shore, a project by Jess T. Dugan, the 2020-21 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow, and Vanessa Fabbre, an assistant professor in the Brown School, was highlighted on Upworthy as "a groundbreaking photo project of trans elders [that] will give you hope." Learn more>>

Associate professor Linda C. Samuels is among the participants in the Green New Deal Superstudio Spring Kick-off Webinar at 11 Central February 3. Presented by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the event will focus on discussion of approaches and lessons learned from the process of engaging with policy in design through university courses and group work. Learn more>>

Patricia Olynyk (Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art and UCLA's inaugural Medicine + Media Art Fellow) is among te participants in the February 4 LASER talk: Medicine and Media Arts, presented by the UCLA Art | Sci Center. Learn more>>