Danforth Scholars Show at Des Lee Gallery till Jan. 30

The School of Art is welcoming the new year with its Danforth Scholars Show.

The exhibition, on view at the school’s Des Lee Gallery through Jan. 30, showcases the work of five current or recent graduate students: Jill Downen, Brandon Anschultz, Grant Miller, Yoshihiro Kitai and Alison Bates.

A reception for the artists will be from 6-8 p.m. today.

The School of Art is planning on holding similar exhibitions semiannually.

Downen received a Danforth Scholarship in 1999 and earned a master of fine arts degree in sculpture in 2001. Last year, she won a Great Rivers Biennial Grant, sponsored by The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation, and this summer she will exhibit her work as part of the Great Rivers Biennial exhibition.

She recently had a critically acclaimed show at the Ninth Street Gallery in St. Louis’ Soulard neighborhood and is teaching sculpture at the University.

Anschultz earned a master of fine arts degree in printmaking in 2002 and is now exhibitions preparator for The Contemporary. He has exhibited work nationally, most recently in the group show Schmidt’s Picks: New Art Since 1990 at the Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis.

Miller earned a master of fine arts degree in printmaking in 2003 and has since exhibited work in Chicago, in a solo show at the Peter Miller Gallery and at Navy Pier; and in St. Louis, at the Hi-Point Gallery.

Bates and Kitai are first- and second-year master’s candidates, respectively.

The Danforth Scholars Program is a University-wide scholarship fund established in honor of William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth, the chancellor and first lady of the University from 1971-1995. The merit-based award seeks to identify students who demonstrate a will to excel academically, a desire to serve their community and an ability to inspire others to strive for the same high ideals.

The Des Lee Gallery is in the University Lofts building, 1627 Washington Ave. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and by appointment.

For more information, call 935-4643.

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