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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Pulitzer Expansion
2:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

First Look At STL’s Expanded Pulitzer Reveals New Opportunities For Eyes, Ears

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation gave a tour of ongoing renovations Wednesday night.
Credit Carly Ann Hilo | Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Although the Pulitzer Arts Foundation has been closed since August, a swarm of activity has been taking place inside the Grand Center institution.

Construction crews are renovating the Pulitzer’s basement area to create two new galleries. When they’re done in May 2015, the Foundation will have one-third more exhibition space, totaling 104,000 square feet. The work is being done in cooperation with a representative of the original architect, Tadao Ando.

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Tense Times
12:51 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Waiting For The Grand Jury: People Buy Up Plywood, Wasp Spray

Lori Fowler finds the wasp spray falls short of its claim to shoot 27 feet.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

Much of the St. Louis area is on edge as it waits for the grand jury decision in the case of Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson. Listen into conversations and it won't be long until someone speculates about what will happen.

Local schools, particularly those in north St. Louis County, have been preparing for weeks for a decision concerning the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Business owners and residents are also getting ready for any problems while hoping nothing bad happens.

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Staff Picks
10:35 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

15 Mini Reviews For The St. Louis International Film Festival

Credit website

Updated 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 with new review.

The St. Louis International Film Festival is underway with enough options to ensure that almost everyone can find something of interest.

Some of us in the newsroom of St. Louis Public Radio checked out the list of offerings and asked to review films that caught our interest. As you check out our mini reviews, you should know that several of the movies we requested were not available and that some of us asked for more than time permitted. These are just a taste of what is available.

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Wearable Message Art
10:33 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

St. Louis Artist Uses Fiber Masks And Plastic Garbage Bags To Talk About Body Image

'I'm Pretty'
Credit Provided by Reese Gallery

The work of emerging fiber artist Grace Kubilius walks the walk while talking the talk. The conversation is about women and body image.

Like many young women, and all women, really, Kubilius has struggled with questions of appearance and what it means to be a woman.

“How do you sort of resolve that with what’s expected or what you think is expected of you?” Kubilius said.

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Support for Artists
2:21 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Ten Artists Win $20,000 Fellowships From Regional Arts Commission

Credit Regional Arts Commission

St. Louis’ Regional Arts Commission  has released the names of 10 artists who will each receive $20,000 to help them pursue their work.

RAC named four visual artists, two dance/theater artists, one musician, one media artist and two literary professionals in its second round of awards (full list, below). They were chosen from among 180 applicants.

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Connecting Artists and Collectors
10:09 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

St. Louis Program Selling Shares Of Artists’ Work Pays Off

Katherine Miller and examples of the art done for CSA
Credit Photo of Miller by Jeganaath Giri; of artwork provided by CSA

In her last year at SEMO, printmaking major Katherine Miller of St. Louis knows she needs to think about the business of art even as she plans for grad school.

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Theater And Social Justice
8:56 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Mustard Seed’s ‘All Is Calm’ Returns, Giving Voice To Unsung Heroes Of World War I

A scene from "All Is Calm"
Credit Mustard Seed Theatre

When you think of World War I heroes, you likely picture generals and fighter pilots. But a playwright who penned Mustard Seed Theatre’s upcoming production wanted to salute a group of men in the trenches.

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St. Louis Poet Laureate
11:43 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Who Will Speak For St. Louis As Its First Poet Laureate?

7th Grade Poetry Foundation winner Janae Wilson and Aaron Williams at the Sept. 19 Board of Aldermen meeting.
Credit Provided by Aaron Williams

The St. Louis Board of Aldermen voted Friday to approve the new position of poet laureate, but even before their approval, nominations were pouring in.

This past Monday, a website was set up for nominating candidates. Within just a few hours, several dozen names were submitted. Many are duplicates with at least one candidate named by 10 different people, according to Aaron Williams, who is set to chair the task force that will select the city’s official poet.

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Gallery Opening
10:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Life Hasn't Always Been A Circus For New Funhouse Gallery Artist Theresa Disney

Theresa Disney with some of her work
Credit The Funhouse Gallery

When Theresa Disney’s two sons came home from school, they never knew what they might find. To their artist mom, everything’s a canvas, even the furniture.

“The kids would be like, ‘Why are our couches crunchy?’’ Disney said. “And I’d answer, ‘Because I painted them.’”

Now the boys are grown. Disney’s collection of paintings and sculpture is larger, too. Much of it was forged through adversity: the end of a bad marriage, a house fire, two bouts of cancer and spinal meningitis. But this new chapter of her life is all about having fun.

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Theater and Issues
11:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Is Your Kid Special — Or Different? Rep Play Explores Gender, Parental Angst And More

The parents in A Kid Like Jake.
Credit Provided by Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

When playwright Daniel Pearle was a preschooler in the late 1980s, he was fascinated by a classic fairy-tale character dressed in pink.

“I did have a fondness for all things Cinderella,” Pearle said.

Pearle brings his childhood experiences to his play “A Kid Like Jake,” now on stage at The St. Louis Repertory Theatre.“Jake” is the story of two New York City parents, worried about their 4-year-old son’s dress-up play and whether he can get into the “right” kindergarten.

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