Nancy Fowler

Arts and Culture Reporter

Nancy Fowler is a veteran journalist with 28 years of experience in print, online and broadcast media. Her passions include the arts, social justice and the intersection of the two. She won an Emmy Award for news writing for her work at WXYZ-TV in Detroit, and received Pride St. Louis' Felton T. Day Award for service to the LGBT community as editor of the Vital Voice newspaper.

Follow her on Twitter: @NancyFowlerSTL

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What If There Were No Arch?
10:59 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

How Would You Re-Draw The Arch? STL Arts Professionals Reimagine The Riverfront

This painting on plywood was at the Post Office on South Grand on Nov. 26.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

Since 1966, The Arch has represented St. Louis as the Gateway to the West. But it also has other connotations, especially now.

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A First for St. Louis
11:30 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Poet Laureate Nominee Michael Castro Says Words Can Help Heal St. Louis

Michael Castro
Credit Ros Crenshaw

Updated to include Michael Castro's poetry and interview audio, and reaction from poet Shirley Bradford LeFlore.

Except for dotting the “i’s” and crossing a “t” or two, St. Louis has its first official poet.

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Cat Lovers' Night Out
11:14 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Would You Like A Kitten With That Coffee? STL Cat Café Offers Felines, Free Drinks

Ready for a purr-fect night
Provided by Tenth Life

If your idea of a purr-fect evening (sorry, it was just too tempting) involves sipping steaming beverages and stroking cats, Thursday night is your cup of tea. Or coffee. Or hot chocolate.

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HotCity Closing
12:18 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

HotCity Bows Out Of STL Theater Scene With A Look At ‘Reality’

Marty Stanberry
Credit Provided by HotCity

When singer Kenny Rogers croons that you’ve got to “know when to fold 'em,” it strikes a chord with the artistic director of St. Louis’ HotCity Theatre, Marty Stanberry.

Stanberry will close the company after the run of its Dec. 5-20 play, called “Reality.” Reality is also something Stanberry’s struggled with during his 17 years on the local theater scene.

“I’m at the point where the daily battles of running a theater company have just outweighed the fun,” Stanberry said.

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Art in the Family
12:03 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

East St. Louis Grandmother Hands Down Legacy Of Art And Activism

Eugenia Alexander, left, and Edna Patterson-Petty
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting, the saying goes. And in the case of East St. Louis’ Edna Patterson-Petty and her granddaughter Eugenia Alexander, the frosting is artistically done.

Patterson-Petty is a fiber artist and art therapist. Alexander grew up enamored by her grandmother’s work, which includes an art quilt made for President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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Roadside Art
6:34 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

I-70 Billboard Art Will Spotlight Black Women And Message Wars

A Moment's Pleasure by Mickalene Thomas
Credit Provided by the 1-70 Sign Show

Mickalene Thomas is an artist who examines what it means to be a black woman. So what does her work suggest when juxtaposed with an ad for a strip club? How about when it’s displayed just off West Florissant Avenue, a few miles down the road from Ferguson?

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HIV Awareness, Testing
11:07 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Activists Hope World AIDS Day Will Be Record Breaking In St. Louis

Credit wakeuppune.org

Before sunrise on Monday morning Dec. 1, Art Hill in Forest Park will glow with a special message for World AIDS Day.

A group called AIDS on Art Hill plans to work all night setting out and lighting 13,000 candles in bags to spell out the word “AIDS.” Aaron Laxton came up with the idea. He said the effort is designed to draw attention to a disease for which there is still no cure.

“It will be a huge spectacle,” Laxton said.

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After the Grand Jury Decision
3:50 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Michael Brown’s Family Challenges Decision, Looks Toward Future

(l to r) Michael Brown, Sr. (second from left, in red hat and T-shirt), Al Sharpton and Benjamin Crump (at podium)
Credit Nancy Fowler

Attorneys for Michael Brown’s parents say they’re focusing on their next steps, after a grand jury did not indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing their son.

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Reaction to Grand Jury
8:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Ferguson Smolders On Morning After Grand Jury Decision

Jade Nails Plaza in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday.
Credit (Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio)

Smoke filled the air on more than one corner in the city of Ferguson Tuesday morning, following a night of turmoil.

The unrest followed a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Brown's parents, St. Louis officials and even President Barack Obama called on demonstrators to protest peacefully and many did.

But still-smoldering buildings bear witness to the anger that erupted into destruction. About one dozen businesses were reportedly burned.

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The Art of Board Games
9:51 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

But For Accident, STL Artist Would Have Wielded Hockey Stick Not Paintbrush

Circa 1959, Ice Hockey, 2008, 34.5x18x2 inches, oil, enamel on steel
Credit Provided by Tim Liddy

Fontbonne professor Tim Liddy is one of 102 artists displayed in a national exhibition at the Crystal Bridges museum in Bentonville, Ark. But Liddy was never going to be an artist. Looking forward to a career on the ice, he was planning to play games, not paint them.

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