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The Pulitzer Arts Foundation building
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University are starting a fund to help St. Louis-area visual artists whose livelihoods were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

A Sustaining Arts Practice Fund was announced Monday by the two organizations. It will distribute $100,000 in grants to visual artists. 

The organizations will grant $2,000 to 50 artists, designers and architects who have lost income because their events, contracts and teaching engagements were canceled. The money comes from an endowment Emily Rauh Pulitzer established at Wash U to support the arts through a collaboration between the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School.

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 2015 is part of the Ai Weiwei: Bare Life exhibition.
Provided | Ai Weiwei Studio

St. Louis’ Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will reopen this fall with a big artistic bang: an exhibition by celebrated Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei.

The Kemper closed last April for a $12 million renovation, part of $280 million campus project. The work significantly increases the museum’s display space.

The Sept. 28 opening will feature three dozen Ai Weiwei pieces, including some created for the exhibition and others never before seen in the United States.

(Feb. 14, 2019) Jenny Murphy (left) and Mary Ruppert-Stroescu joined Thursday's "St. Louis on the Air" to discuss how people can become more become more conscious consumers to alleviate some of the harmful effects of fast fashion.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

High fashion designs can take about four to six months to come to life and into the market. Fast fashion, however, is a term used by fashion retailers to describe the practice of making those high-fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers. A clothing design can make it from sketch to mannequin in six weeks.

Media personality Kim Kardashian criticized the fast-fashion trend last week. She posted a picture on Instagram sarcastically asking fast fashion brands to wait until she actually wears a dress before selling a knockoff version

A recent Wash U study by associate professor Christine Ekenga examined how the practice has ended up hurting the environment, workers and society. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh delved into its effects and what people can do to become more conscious consumers.

STL Fashion startups face tariffs on Chinese imports
Melody Walker|St. Louis Public Radio

The burgeoning St. Louis fashion industry is bracing for the impact of the latest tariffs on goods from China.

Handbags, backpacks, luggage, hats and baseball gloves are just a few of the thousands of products covered in the latest round of U.S. tariffs imposed on goods imported from China. The 10 percent tax went into effect Sept. 24 and it will increase to 25 percent on Jan. 1.

Experts say consumers should expect to see higher prices before the end of the year.

A pile of bricks sits in the left hand corner of the image while behind it rest pallets of brick and a building.
Michael Thomas / Pulitzer Arts Foundation

What would you do with $2,500 and three pallet loads of brick? Four St. Louis art groups and collaborators will soon have an answer in the next phase of a year-long public art project overseen by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Art.

The hipness of curating: One year with Museum Blue

Nov 16, 2015
Museum Blue Founders Lauren Cardenas and Michael Behle stand in the exhibit 'Water, Water'
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Last year four artists and educators decided to turn their shared studio space into an exhibition space for other artists. The project achieved unexpected results.

“The most important thing that I have learned is how remarkably diverse and surprising our audience is with every single show, with every single opening,” said photographer Gina Grafos.

Leslie Laskey, second from left, at Art Kamp in 2010
Dennis Cope

On Thursday, Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts will laud a 94-year-old professor who’s still a working artist.

Leslie Laskey will receive the Dean’s Medal for outstanding service at an annual awards dinner. Besides Laskey, the event honors six other alumni and friends of the school.

Anniversary (B&D), 2012, 44“ x 57”, digital print on Somerset Velvet, edition # 1/3.   Bruno David
Courtesy of Bruno David Projects and the Artist

Heather Bennett’s photography often leads her on a quest for objects like classic cars, vintage dresses and snakeskin purses. Sometimes the props are a little stranger. During one shoot Bennett searched for a pair of brass knuckles, but had no luck.  Bennett's friend was a model for the shoot, and surprised Bennett. He offered to let her use his pair.

“I was like why do two of my friends have brass knuckles? I was a little shocked by that,” said the photographer.

Brett Loehmann, a graduate student in the Sam Fox Design and Visual Arts program at Washington University, photographs the Railway Exchange Building on Sept. 17, 2014.
Sid Hastings / Washington University Photos

A graduate architecture class wants to change the Railway Exchange Building.

The 1.2 million-square-foot, 100-year-old building at Locust and Sixth streets in downtown St. Louis was once home to the Famous-Barr flagship store and its parent company’s headquarters. It was converted to a Macy’s store in 2006, but that closed last year.

Ken Botnick
Beacon archive | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 24, 2013: Beginning Sept. 24, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts will host a series of discussions focusing on important issues in St. Louis. One idea at the heart of these salons, as they're called, is that the design process offers tools for solving problems.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 31, 2013 - Like little pieces of opportunity, vacant lots dot the landscape of Rust Belt cities including St. Louis. Tuesday night, local residents glimpsed a trio of possibilities for filling one such three-dimensional blank canvas in Grand Center.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 14, 2012 - When you think about good design, do you imagine a couple of hipsters in oversize glasses and skinny jeans sipping mint-infused, simple-syrup cocktails over a table of reclaimed wood?

An exhibit opening at Washington University’s Kemper Art Museum Friday, Sept. 14 turns that image on its head. In “Design with the Other 90%: CITIES,” the smart sipping involves a wide blue straw and swamp water.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 5, 2009 - Frank Gehry bears responsibility for the student of design that I am today.

Let me explain.

I am a recent graduate of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. My fellow students and I always looked for and studied the newest, most avant-garde, most intelligent and sensitive architects they can find. We continue those pursuits after graduation.