In the News: June 2021

Posted by Sam Fox School June 14, 2021


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Jordan Weber, the spring 2021 Artist-in-Residence at the Sam Fox School, WashU's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, & Equity (CRE2), and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, was named one of Harvard's 2021 Loeb Fellows. Weber is a regenerative land sculptor and environmental activist based in Des Moines, who works at the cross section of social justice and environmental racism. Learn more>>

O-14, a 22-story office tower by Reiser + Umemoto, RUR Architecture, has been awarded a 10 Year Award of Excellence by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). Nanako Umemoto, professor of practice, is a principal of the firm. The award recognizes tall building projects that have achieved sustainability and wellness at the highest and broadest level, and that exhibit innovations in design that will enhance the cities in which they are built, as well as and the lives of the inhabitants. Learn more>>

Associate professor Aggie Toppins published “We Need Graphic Design Histories That Look Beyond the Profession” with AIGA Eye on Design. "Visual communication is not only a professional domain," says Toppins. "It’s an active cultural practice shared by all. What would it look like to expand the scope of history beyond professional boundaries, and what might we gain from doing this?" Learn more>>

Studio Art major Jordan Lee (BFA22) was named a 2021-2022 Student Brand Ambassador for The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. The 24 ambassadors will serve as official representatives for The HistoryMakers Digital Archive on their respective campuses and will work to increase awareness, knowledge, and use of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive. Learn more>>

The University has received an additional honor for the East End Transformation Project. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded WashU one of its 2021 Leadership Awards for excellence in its West North Central Region. Weil Hall was one of the five building projects to earn LEED platinum certification, and the University also received commendation for elements such as Kuehner Court's green wall and enhancements for bike commuters to reduce carbon emissions. Learn more>>

Evie Hemphill of St. Louis Public Radio recently interviewed Valerie Battle Kienzel, the author of Ready to Wear: A History of the Footwear and Garment Industries in St. Louis. "On the apparel end of things, St. Louis can claim to be the place where the juniors market was invented in the first half of the 20th century," says Hemphill. "Kienzle said Washington University’s fine arts students have a lot to do with that." Learn more>>

Films by Michael Amter (BFA90) will be screened this summer at several festivals, including the 9th International Video Poetry Festival 2021 (Institute for Experimental Arts) in Athens, Greece, and at the Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival. Learn more>>

Bilingual: Abstract & Figurative, a group show featuring works by numerous Sam Fox School faculty, alumni, and others, is on view through August 14 at Bruno David Gallery. Also on view in the gallery's Window on Forsyth is Toxic Love, an installation by Chris Rubin de la Borbolla. Learn more>>

On July 11, Liz Kramer, associate director of the Office for Socially Engaged Practice, will be presenting at the annual Design Futures Conference: The Practice of Shifting Power—Tools and Tactics, along with alum Ezra Kong (BS16). Faculty and staff representatives include Stephen Deaderick (assistant director for diversity, equity, and inclusion) and Heather Woofter (director of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design). Catherine Hunley, Talie Johnson, Wenming Li, Sam Modder, and Liz Van Horn will serve as WashU student representatives. Learn more>>

Rose Briccetti (BFA08) and Adrian Gonzalez (MFA-VA21) have both joined the faculty at the University of Florida as visiting assistant professors, teaching in painting and printmaking, respectively.

This summer in Washington, D.C., Handshouse Studio, the nonprofit architectural workshop co-founded by Laura and Rick Brown (MFA75), will lead a project to reconstruct one of the trusses that once supported the roof of Notre Dame de Paris. The truss will be raised on the National Mall and exhibited at the National Building Museum before being presented as a gift to France. Learn more>>

in this CBC Radio-Canada episode of Ideas, William Wallace, the Barbara Murphy Bryant Distinguished Professor of Art History, discusses Michelangelo's poetry, which wrestles with conflicts between his sexuality and religion. "[Michelangelo] was dissatisfied with a lot of things that we think are pretty magnificent," says Wallace. "None of these things are very easy for him: art-making, love, or death." Learn more>>

As part of the Regions in Recover Global E-Festival, associate professor Linda C. Samuels, author of the forthcoming book Infrastructural Optimism, is participating in a session titled SS53 Taylor & Francis. Seizing the Moment: Prioritizing Justice & Equity in Policy & Planning from 3-5p BST June 7. Learn more>>

Patricia Olynyk, the Florence and Frank Bush Professor of Art, is among the panelists for LASER talks at Vienna: Externalities Within, a discussion on the the choreographic work of Daniela Brill, Sara Lanner, Julia Müllner, and Laura Stoll. The event will take place at 11a Central June 10 via Zoom. Learn more>>

Assistant professor Shantel Blakely has been awarded a research grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for her project "Charles E. Fleming, Architect." The funds will support the commission of photographer Lee Bey to photograph Fleming's buildings in St. Louis. Fleming, who earned a certificate from WashU in 1961 and is the School's first known African-American graduate in architecture, is the subject of a monograph in progress by Blakely, with Eric P. Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture. Learn more>>

This review of the exhibition Picasso & Les Femmes d’Alger by the German newspaper FAZ includes Pablo Picasso's Les femmes d'Alger (Women of Algiers), Variation "N" (1955), on loan to Museum Berggruen from the Kemper Art Museum. The review, among other things, compares the Kemper Art Museum's painting, the penultimate one in the series, with the last one in the series, Variation "O". Additional coverage of the exhibition, and the Kemper Art Museum painting, is available in this video from ZDF.

Imani M. Cheers (BFA02) has been appointed interim senior associate provost for undergraduate education at George Washington University, beginning June 1. Cheers is associate director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, associate professor of media and public affairs, and associate professor of digital storytelling at GW. In her new role, she will focus on enhancing the academic experience of undergraduates across the university.

Peter Tao (BA79) recently delivered a virtual talk titled Stories of Chinese St. Louis: William and Anne Tao as part of the STL History Live series, presented by the Missouri Historical Society. In the talk, Peter Tao explores how his parents, William (SI50/SI97) and Anne Tao, made an indelible impact on the greater St. Louis community through their company, William Tao & Associates; by mentoring and advocating for the St. Louis Chinese community; and through their civic philanthropy. Learn more>>

Three Sam Fox School students have been named 2021 Arts as Civic Engagement residents by the Gephardt Institute. The program supports four WashU undergraduate students in a Civic and Community Arts Residency at regional arts organizations. Colleen Avila (BA23 in Art) will work with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Sophie Devincenti (BA22, Second Major in Art) will work with COCA, and Cameron Thompson (BA23, Second Major in Design—Communication Concentration) will work with The Griot Museum for Black History. Learn more>>

Architecture students Madison Dugar (BS23) and Brandon Perez (BS24) have been named to the 2021 cohort of Goldman Fellows. Presented by the Gephardt Institute, the program is a unique opportunity for undergraduates to spend a summer in St. Louis with other WashU students who care about the St. Louis community. Both Dugar and Perez are pursuing a minor in creative practice for social change. Learn more>>