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Cityscape
6:00 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

St. Louis Artist Zlatko Ćosić On His Exhibition 'Still Adjusting'

“While Standing I Wonder If” by Zlatko Ćosić

For video artist Zlatko Ćosić, the concept of personal and cultural identity is a continuing evolving one. And he likes it that way.

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The Pulitzer
10:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Pulitzer Brings In Breakdancing, Drag And Nail Art To ‘Reset’ Image

Britney Tokyo's nail art will be featured in a Jan. 24 program at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Vanity Projects

Using words like “play” and “permissiveness” in its promotional materials, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts wants to make sure St. Louisans know it's operating on a different frequency in the upcoming “Reset” program.

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Art Openings
9:55 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Edwardsville Center Showcases African-American Art Through St. Louis’ Portfolio Gallery

Rickie Frager’s “It’s Offering Time”
EAC/Portfolio’s “Ebony Creations”

St. Louis-area art openings this Friday explore the beauty of nature, teapots and African-American works. “Ebony Creations” is a joint project of Portfolio Gallery and the Edwardsville Arts Center.

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On Cherokee Street
10:48 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Reflection: Revisionist Inn Provides High Quality Artistic Productions With Low-Level Promotion

Detail from the woman behind the mirror
Credit Mike Pagano

The Revisionist Inn has hosted many events you have probably missed. The current offering – an art exhibit titled Still Moving opened Jan. 3 with the type of fanfare that is typical of a Revisionist Inn event. There was live music, lots of it. The gallery owner/director, Paul Fernandes’ daughter Bernadette cooked up a feast of vegetarian curry and miscellaneous deliciousness.

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Local Artists Thriving
8:29 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Creativity Wins: It Was A Good Year For St. Louis-area Artists

From left: Van McElwee (Media Arts), Stan Chisholm (Visual Art), Richard Newman (Literature), Philip Boehm (Literature), Alice Bloch (Dance), Kathryn Bentley (Theater Arts), Deanna Jent (Theater Arts), Juan William Chavez (Visual Arts), Arny Nadler (Visual Arts)
Credit Regional Arts Commission

Whether they were on stage, leaning into the kiln or creatively advocating for justice, it was a banner year for many local artists.

The Regional Arts Commission this year began an unprecedented awarding of money
to St. Louis-area artists through its Artists Count program. Dozens of visual, performing and literary artists were given grants of between $500 and $3,000 for specific projects.

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'Materials' By John Watson
5:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Review: Contemplation Required At Webster University’s Hunt Gallery

Monza. 2013. John Watson. salvaged wood. 24x100x28"
Credit Courtesy of the artist

The current exhibit of John Watson’s artwork at Webster University’s Cecille R Hunt Gallery is titled Materials. That title will be a trigger for interpreting the artwork for some. It is likely to mean nothing to others.

The intentions implied by Materials, reinforced by Watson’s artwork and then confirmed within his exhibit text are such prevalent characteristics of current art trends that this body of work will feel familiar to those who encounter contemporary art regularly.

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Arts Auction
11:52 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Chairs-To-Art Program Helps Transform Lives Of Former Female Prisoners In St. Louis

Miranda chose a seatless chair...
Provided by Perennial

A local program re-purposing broken chairs helps heal women with criminal convictions as they prepare to re-enter society.

The hit TV series “Orange Is the New Black” explores the lives of women behind bars. But even after their release, orange remains an important color to some of St. Louis' former female inmates. So do purple, green and the entire rainbow.

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Regional Arts Commission
9:41 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Ten St. Louis-area Artists Awarded $20,000 RAC Fellowships

Kathryn Bentley, right, in "On Golden Pond" performed in 2012 by The Black Rep, at the Grandel Theatre in Grand Center.
Provided by Kathryn Bentley

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) today handed local artists Kathryn Bentley, Arny Nadler and eight others $20,000 each to make their dreams a reality.

Bentley, a theater artist, and Nadler, a sculptor, are among the first group of 10 visual, performing and literary artists to become RAC Artist Fellows. Their names (see full list below) were announced in a morning news conference at RAC's offices. (Note: An earlier version of the article said the offices were in University City. They are in St. Louis.)

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Arts & Culture
10:02 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Mary King Swayzee: Artist And Art Critic

Credit Provided

Mary King Swayzee, an artist and a former art critic of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, died Saturday of cancer at the Mari de Villa retirement community in Chesterfield. She was 84 years old, and before her illness lived in Ladue, where she maintained her residence and studio. 

Mrs. Swayzee was reared in St. Louis, attended Mary Institute (now MICDS) in St. Louis, graduated from the Master’s School, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., in 1947, and in 1951 from Barnard College in New York City, where she majored in art history. 

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Cityscape
5:44 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

New Art Distributor Arrives In St. Louis: A Repurposed Vintage Cigarette Dispenser

Lisa Anne Houdyshell, manager of Serendipity Gallery, with the newly arrived Art-o-mat.
(Courtesy Serendipity Gallery)

Fifteen years ago, Clark Whittington was searching for a way to make his art more sellable. Inspired by a co-worker, he came up with the idea of a vending machine dispensing art.

“I used to work at a company where a friend of mine had a Pavlovian reaction to snack wrappers. When he’d hear the crinkle of cellophane, he’d buy something for himself. So that gave me the idea to put art in a vending machine,” said Whittington.

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