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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Riverfront Mural
9:04 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Artists Transform Abandoned Building Into 'Welcome To Missouri' Sign

The mural takes shape on the Cotton Belt building.
Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

An abandoned building with broken windows may seem nothing more than an ugly blemish. But to a mural artist, it’s a beautiful opportunity, a waiting canvas.

Two St. Louis muralists are nearing completion of the first phase of their project to transform the vacant Cotton Belt Freight Depot into a kind of welcome sign for commuters heading into St. Louis on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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Response to Ferguson
3:45 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

'Hands Up' Exhibit Features 101 Artists, Includes City Of Ferguson Among Venues

Artwork by Lenard Hinds
Provided by Hands Up, Don't Shoot

An upcoming exhibit responding to the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer won’t be your typical art show.

The “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” exhibit will open Oct. 17 and 18 in more than a dozen galleries — and one entire city.

The Ferguson Public Library and the city of Ferguson as a whole are listed among the exhibition spaces. That’s because the burned-out QuikTrip and the monuments to Michael Brown can also be seen as living works of art, according to curator Freida Wheaton.

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On Vandeventer
12:54 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Bruno David To Spotlight Women Artists At New Gallery In The Grove

Bruno David
Credit Provided by Bruno David

Bruno David Gallery in Grand Center will open a second location in St. Louis' Grove area, focusing on women artists.

The new spot, called Bruno David Projects, will be located at 1245 South Vandeventer Ave. Its first exhibit, which opens Oct. 30, will feature the work of local painter Cindy Tower.

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Soulard
1:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Monday Is Last Call At Clementines, St. Louis’ Iconic Gay Bar

Credit Used with permission of Clementines

In 1978, the closet was the only safe place for most gay people in St. Louis. But after Clementines bar opened at 2001 Menard St., local gays found another, less lonely haven.

This week, Clementines announced that it’s closing.

When it opened, there was no such acronym as LGBT. In polite company, gays were referred to as homosexuals, and called much worse in private conversations and during all-too-common street harassment and violence. Sex between two men or two women was illegal in Missouri and many other states.

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Shakespeare Festival
12:06 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Shakespeare Festival To Present Impassioned ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ In 15th Season

Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Roman leader Marcus Antonius of Rome and Queen Cleopatra of Egypt are perhaps history’s most famous lovers, a couple whose passion changed the course of history.

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Culture in verse
4:35 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Ferguson Events Push St. Louis’ Efforts To Name Poet Laureate

Credit St. Louis Public Radio photos

Boise has one. So do Houston and Los Angeles, and even East St. Louis. But St. Louis is one of the few major cities that doesn’t have a poet laureate, an official poet to document its culture in verse.

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City Museum
9:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Cassilly Kids Help Keep Bob’s Spirit Alive At City Museum, Three Years After His Death

Max and Daisy Cassilly both work at the museum their parents created.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

When your childhood’s spent roller blading, building forts and doing your homework among the rubble that would become St. Louis’ iconic City Museum, where else are you going to work when you grow up?

Max and Daisy Cassilly were in their early elementary-school years when their parents, Bob and Gail, began transforming the dilapidated 11-story former International Shoe building on Washington Avenue in 1995. The family practically lived there for two years.

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Weird Al
2:59 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Think You’re Nerdy? Meet Weird Al Yankovic's STL Superfan

Katie Borders with Weird Al Yankovic
Credit Provided by Katie Borders

Until recently, you may have considered Weird Al Yankovic to be that fading parody singer who turned “Beat It” into “Eat It” before sliding into relative obscurity in the 1990s.

But Weird Al’s not only sustained a 35-year career, he was just showcased at the Emmy Awards. And there’s a grassroots movement to get him on stage at the Superbowl.

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Contemporary Art Museum
5:08 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

CAM's Upcoming Exhibitions Speak To Ferguson And Michael Brown’s Death

Chin, 1994, 'Home y Sew'
Credit Provided by Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Updated with Mel Chin discussing one of his works now at CAM.

Two exhibits debuting Friday night at St. Louis’ Contemporary Art Museum resonate with recent events in Ferguson.

The Mel Chin and Mark Flood openings were planned long before last month’s shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. But they inadvertently debut at an opportune time, according to CAM's executive director Lisa Melandri.

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Piper Kerman
9:57 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Author Hints At New Season, Talks Reform, On Way To STL

Piper Kerman
Credit Sam Zalutsky

Will Piper get back with Larry? Will Alex return to Litchfield Prison? If she does, will Piper be able to resist her charming nemesis?

“Orange Is the New Black” author Piper Kerman answered one of these questions and hinted at another in an interview, prior to her upcoming St. Louis appearances at Lindenwood University next Tuesday, Sept. 9 and Maryville University next Wednesday and Thursday, co-sponsored by Left Bank Books.

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