STL Art Game-Changers

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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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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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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Future of the Arts
9:06 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Missouri Arts Council Will Tour State To Paint Ideal Picture Of Next 50 Years

Credit Missouri Arts Council

How can we ensure that the arts thrive in Missouri during the next five decades? The Missouri Arts Council is embarking on a statewide tour to find out.

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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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Contemporary Art Museum
5:01 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

No Charge To Visit Contemporary Art Museum Through Next Summer — Or Longer

A recent show at the Contemporary Art Museum
Credit Contemporary Art Museum

The Contemporary Art Museum in Grand Center has joined the ranks of St. Louis’ free cultural institutions, at least through next summer.

CAM has charged no admission fee since early May, thanks to a donation by the local Gateway Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting art and urban design. Now Gateway has increased its funding to cover the five-dollar cost through August 2015.

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Animated Film
9:04 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Sarah Paulsen Animates A Response To Kirkwood Tragedy

Sarah Paulsen
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

The 2008 Kirkwood shooting that left six dead, including council member Connie Karr, stunned and forever changed the community. Now, artist Sarah Paulsen is finding deeper meaning in the tragedy.

Paulsen, 36, grew up in Kirkwood.  “Connie was a really good friend of my mother’s,” she said.

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Education program continues
5:32 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

14th Street Gallery Finds New Old North St. Louis Location — For Now

William Burton Jr.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman

The ousted 14th Street Artist Community Gallery has found a new home, just steps away from its former space and still on 14th Street.

Gallery owners have moved two doors down and across one street to 2607/09 14th St. in Old North St. Louis. The gallery, run by William Burton and Robert Ketchens, will retain its name. They plan a grand re-opening in July.

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Sculpture
9:17 am
Mon June 23, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Stan Chisholm Makes 'Weird Stuff' To Honor His Hometown

Paper plates become canvases for Stan Chisholm.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

Stan Chisholm’s whole working-in-Styrofoam thing started with a need to keep moving.

Wood is heavy. Styrofoam is light. It can be broken into pieces and easily transported in a suitcase or even a backpack, especially important during his car-less time at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Its unconventionality also infuses a bit of dark comedy into Chisholm’s work.

“It’s kind of a parody,” Chisholm, 27, said. “I don’t know anyone who uses foam like me.”

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