In the News: April 2021

Posted by Sam Fox School April 12, 2021


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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>>