art

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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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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St. Louis Dance Community
10:03 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

STL Dancers Putting Their Spin On Ferguson And Michael Brown’s Death

Keith Williams and Sara Burke led dancers who came together to discuss what they could do in the aftermath of Ferguson.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

In the early 1990s, choreographer Bill T. Jones sought to illuminate the AIDS crisis using the language he knows best: dance. Now, the St. Louis-area dance community is seeking to respond with movement to issues unearthed by Michael Brown’s death.

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Portrait Photography
10:08 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Visually Appealing: Fabric Inspiration At the Foundry, Slavin At Slein

Obedience
Credit Provided by Foundry Arts Centre

A few months ago, I pulled two large boxes from the attic at my parents’ house. Each contained a wedding dress – one mine, one my sister’s. The problem: No one marked the boxes. Which was which?

With 50-50 odds, I slit open the box in hand – Eureka! But now that I had my 33-year-old dress, what should I do with it?

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Community Art Engagement
3:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants To Hook You Up For A Better City

De Andrea Nichols
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

When you attend an event involving De Andrea Nichols, be prepared to meet your match. Not your romantic soulmate, although that could happen. More likely, your partner in community engagement.

Nichols, 26, is a community arts organizer, designer and social worker who’s the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Contemporary Art Museum. When she’s not working at CAM, she’s entrenched in one of the many projects of her own nonprofit, Catalysts by Design. Sometimes the twain does meet.

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Community Supported Art
1:45 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Nine STL Artists Picked For New Program That Could Make You A Collector

Work from four of the artists in the first CSA group, clockwise from left, Ray Nadine, Caroline Philippone, Matthew Paul Isaacson, Brandon Daniels
Credit Images courtesy of CSA

An organization called Community Supported Art Saint Louis has named nine local artists to launch its new program.

The concept is as simple as a paint-by-the-numbers project: Fifty CSA “shares” are up for grabs at $300 apiece. Each share-buyer receives nine original works — one from each artist — at three “pick-up” events this September, October and November. Every artist walks away with $1,000 and wider exposure.

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Financial Woes
4:55 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Chesterfield Arts To Cease Operations In August

The Awakening was created by sculptor Seward Johnson. The sculpture was donated to Chesterfield Arts as part of its public collection. (via Flicker/Jennifer Morrow)

In August, Chesterfield Arts will stop day-to-day operations because of a shortage in funds.

The non-profit organization works to promote art education and public art in West St. Louis County.

This year the nonprofit faced declining revenue. In addition, they were forced to move. The organization was notified in the fall of 2013 that they would have to relocate by June of this year.

Chesterfield Arts Board President Mary Brown said  they were unable to find a new permanent home.

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Cityscape
4:31 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Why Are Young St. Louisans Embracing Modern Art?

The modernism exhibit at the Kodner Art Gallery
Credit Kodner Art Gallery

Modern art and furniture is getting its due (again) as collectors return to the styles made popular in the early 1900s through about 1970.

“Young collectors have become very eclectic,” said Stephanie Stokes, manager at the Kodner Gallery. “People appreciate vintage.”

The “Modernism: Art + Design” exhibit at Kodner Gallery in Ladue features modern paintings, drawings, sculptures and furniture. Stokes described the modern movement as artists’ reactions to a changing world.

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