In the News: April 2021

Posted by Sam Fox School April 26, 2021


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Myra Greene (BFA97) has been named the 2021 South Arts State Fellow for the state of Georgia. Each of the 10 recipients wins $5,000 and will now compete for the $25,000 Southern Prize. A 2018 Sam Fox School Awards for Distinction recipient, Greene's work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. She is professor and chair of the Department of Art & Visual Culture and director of the Photography Program at Spelman College. Learn more>>

Several Sam Fox School students, faculty, and alumni of the Sam Fox School community were honored at this year's ASLA St. Louis Awards. The annual awards from the St. Louis chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognize excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture. Student award recipients include Dongzhe Tao (Merit Award for Chroma - Threads: Growing Phyto Fabric), Heyue Liu (Merit Award for Blooming Locks and Dams), Danni Hu (Merit Award for Lewis Site), Haihan Qu (Merit Award for Nature's Palette), Weicong Huang (Merit Awards for Nook Ecology and for The Death and Life of Barge Industry in the Mississippi River Basin), and John Whitaker (Honor Award for Dark Matter and Excellence Award for Willow Resiliency). In addition, WashU Facilities Planning and Management received a Civic Stewardship Award for their role in the East End Transformation project, among many other notable feats. And lecturer L. Irene Compadre is founding principal and design director of Arbolope, which received multiple awards. A complete list of winners along with video presentations of their winning projects is available through the link. Learn more>>

As part of the Desma 9 series, Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, presented the online talk "Fantastic Voyage: Crossing the Boundaries of Art, Science + Technology" for UCLA's Art | Sci Center, where she is the inaugural Medicine + Media Arts Fellow. Learn more>>

Ben Durham (BFA01) was interviewed on Glasstire about his "text portraits," photo-realistic graphite drawings laboriously composed entirely of hand-written text. The portraits are based on the mugshots of Durham's childhood friends and acquaintances from his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. A solo exhibition titled Six Stories is on view at the Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin. Learn more>>

Tirzah Reed, a senior majoring in art with a minor in educational studies, took second place in Washington University Libraries' 34th annual Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition (undergraduate category) for her essay, “Plants, Dishes, and Stray Bullets.” Read the full essay through the link. Learn more>>

Student work from the fall 2020 Eco-Art course, taught by associate professor Cheryl Wassenaar, is included in the global environmental project EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss. Curated by Sam Pelts of the Codex Foundation in Berkeley, CA, the exhibition is a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention across four continents that seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction. Learn more>>

Senior lecturer Michael R. Allen reviews the newly released book Stop Saving the Planet: An Environmentalist Manifesto, written by historian and Sam Fox School research fellow Jenny Price, on the Center for the Humanities' "Human Ties" blog. "Conversational in tone, Price’s book comes across like a lively lecture or speech—the kind that elected officials should be making about these issues," Allen writes. More details about the book launch event are listed in the Events section below. Learn more>>

Founded in 2012 by Frank Lorberbaum, senior lecturer Gay Lorberbaum, and Paul Krautmann, Building Futures offers educational programs, with an emphasis on hands-on problem-solving, for the St. Louis youth community in grades 4-12. This KMOV story looks at a proposed new program, in collaboration with Alderman Brandon Bosley, that would pay high school teens to construct colorful benches and playground equipment for North City neighborhoods. Learn more>>

Adrian Gonzalez (MFA-VA21) will receive a Distinguished Leader-Master's Program Award at WashU's annual Liberman Leadership Awards. The ceremony takes place from 5:30-6:30p April 21 via Zoom.

Wednesdays with WashU features art collector Komal Shah in conversation with the following members of the WashU community about her passion for collecting art and uplifting the work of underrepresented artists: Carmon Colangelo, Ralph J. Nagel Dean and E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts, Sam Fox School; Adrienne Davis, William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs & Diversity; and Sabine Eckmann, William T. Kemper Director and Chief Curator, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. The event, which takes place from 5-6p April 21 via Zoom, is presented by University Advancement. Learn more>>

Interact with professor Lisa Bulawsky and Laurencia Strauss (MFA13) of Fifty-Fifty Artist collective and other participants in response to their project Portable Memories in Rising Seas. You'll draw, doodle, or write in response to short films and a discussion of the personal impacts of climate change. The virtual event is hosted by the Sustainable Solutions Lab and the Climigration Network at UMass Boston, and takes place at 3p Central April 20. Learn more>>

Left Bank Books is hosting a book launch event for Stop Saving the Planet!: An Environmentalist Manifesto, featuring author and Sam Fox School research fellow Jenny Price and journalist Nathanael Johnson. The event takes place at 7p Central April 21 via Facebook Live. Learn more>>

Lecturer Lynn Peemoeller will moderate panels on Regeneration: Farm & Freshwaters (10:10a) and True Wealth and Health: What Covid-19 Reveals (11:15a) on April 22 as part of the Global Freshwaters Summit, hosted by the Missouri History Museum. Learn more>>

The April 22 NY LASER Event will feature Nina Czegledy, Ellen K. Levy, and Charissa N. Terranova. The program is co-directed by Patricia Olynyk (Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art) and Ellen K. Levy, and will take place at 5p Central April 22 via Zoom. Learn more>>

New exhibitions will be on at Duane Reed Gallery view April 24-May 29, including a solo show of recent paintings and giclée prints by Nancy Newman Rice (BFA72/MFA74). Learn more>>

Maturity and its Muse: Celebrating Artistic Experience 2021, juried by Lynn Friedman Hamilton and professor Lisa Bulawsky, is on view through May 20 at Art Saint Louis Gallery. Learn more>>

Catty Dan Zhang (MArch11) is one of four early-career architects to be named a finalist for the 2021 Wheelwright Prize. Organized by Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, the $100,000 traveling fellowship seeks to support innovative forms of architectural research. An assistant professor of architecture at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Zhang's research and practice explore the design of active atmosphere at the convergence of digital media and architecture. Her Wheelwright Prize propose, "Shared Air: Space, Automation and Humanity in Architectures of Meat Processing," considers air as the spatial, sensorial, and psychological measure to offer an imaginary model unveiling the emergency and aftermath of the pandemic in meat processing plants across the global. Learn more>>

Modern Architecture and the Lifeworld: Essays in Honor of Kenneth Frampton (Thames & Hudson, 2020), edited by Karla Cavarra Britton and Robert McCarter, the Ruth and Norman Moore Professor of Architecture, received a glowing review in The Architect's Newspaper. Learn more>>

In this episode of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' new podcast, Radio Resistance, De Nichols (BFA10/MSW14) and Wendy Red Star share their thoughts on defining success by the ability to make, hold, and take space, as well how important maintaining curiosity and setting strong boundaries are to the sense of adventure that gives them both purpose. Learn more>>

Cinematography World interviewed Alan Griswold (BFA96/BA96) about how his production company and creative agency Monkey Deux adapted their workflows during the pandemic to continue production of Our Star Wars Stories, an original digital series from Lucasfilm and Learn more>>

Diana Guerrero-Maciá, the spring 2017 Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist, was awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship. You can see the edition of prints Guerrero-Maciá created during her Island Press residency, titled The Beautiful Girls, here.


Associate professor Patty Heyda spoke with the St. Louis Business Journal about whether entertainment venues like The Armory and City Foundry truly build density in the city. "Developers have a lot of burden on them to make the city," says Heyda." The public sector has been depleted, and taking care of the public has disappeared from American politics...The city doesn't have the capacity to do it. Funding is stripped down. It's a vicious Catch-22." Learn more>>

Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean, spoke with the Community Word about his work. He discussed how his early embrace of digital technology and experimentation, combined with his affinity for the woven image or palimpsest, allowed his work to expand, even into three dimensions. "I want the work to be free from easy association, yet address a lineage of geometric and gestural abstraction," says Colangelo, "to produce a coherence that addresses the materials and the avant-garde, past and present." Learn more>>

Associate professor Arny Nadler's exhibition Firstlings, on view at Cincinnati's Manifest Gallery in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference, was reviewed in Aeqai by Jonathan Kamholtz, who called it the gallery's "best contribution to the NCECA world." "What is unusual [about Nadler's work]," he says, "is that from each side, they sometimes seem like virtually different sculptures, more or less monstrous, more or less human....This results in pieces that are related to all kinds of classical models but are intensely visceral." Learn more>>

Professor D.B. Dowd was interviewed by Giuseppe Castellano for The Illustration Department Podcast about the definition of illustration, whether illustration is or is not art, what advice he has for illustrators looking to find their style, and much more! Learn more>>

This article in the New York Times Style Magazine on artist Christine Sun Kim highlights the mural Stacking Traumas, currently on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. Learn more>>

Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, spoke with WashU's Center for the Humanities about the Screening Contagion Film and Discussion Series, which she organized with Arts & Sciences professor Corinna Treitel. The next discussion session will be held at 4p this Thursday on the film Shaun of the Dead. Learn more>>

In the April 8 Skandalaris Startup Webinar titled Social Media Entrepreneurship with the Nomadic Movement Founders, YouTube entrepreneurs Kaylee Dubeau and Jordan Saglio will discuss how they found success and their next project: a small house, designed with help from architecture students enrolled in a course taught by Bruce Lindsey, the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Community Collaboration. The event is presented in partnership with the Sam Fox School, and begins at 4:30p Central via Zoom. Learn more>>

Creative Conversations on the Arts will feature My Teacher Is a Lizard, an online conversation with artists Duane Slick (fall 2019 Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist) & Martin Smick (BFA00). Presented by the Fine Arts Work Center, the talk will take place at 5p Central April 8. Learn more>>