Kemper Art Museum and Walker Hall formally dedicated

On Oct. 25 more than 1,400 people attended the dedication of two new buildings for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. Earl E. and Myrtle E. Walker Hall houses studios and workshops for College of Art’s sculpture and painting major areas as well as the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum houses one of the nation’s finest university collections as well as the Kenneth and Nancy Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library; the Whitaker Foundation Learning Lab, a new media center; offices and classrooms for the Department of Art History & Archaeology in Arts & Sciences; and the Newman Money Museum.

Both buildings were designed by Fumihiko Maki, a former Washington University architecture professor who is currently developing Tower 4 at the World Trade Center site and the $330 million United Nations expansion. Speakers included Maki and Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton; Sam Fox, life trustee at Washington University as well as founder and CEO of Harbour Group, Ltd.; Earl E. Walker, president of Carr Lane Manufacturing; David W. Kemper, chairman of the Board of Trustees and chairman, president and CEO of Commerce Bancshares, Inc.; Stephen F. Brauer, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees; Carmon Colangelo, dean of the Sam Fox School and E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts; and Nicole Ostrander, a student in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Earl Walker (front row, fifth from left) and students of the Sam Fox School celebrate the Oct. 25 opening of Walker Hall with Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Dean Carmon Colangelo (front row, second and first from right, respectively) and Jeff C. Pike, dean of art (third row, left).

Fumihiko Maki speaks with architecture students outside the Kemper Art Museum.

To mark the dedication, students in the Kranzberg Studio printed posters during an open house of Walker Hall.

(From left) David Kemper, his sister Laura Fields, a portrait of Mildred Lane Kemper, and James Kemper at the dedication.

Renowned numismatist Eric P. Newman (left) and Chancellor Emeritus William H. “Bill” Danforth in the Newman Money Museum.