Silent auction showcases ‘City Faces’ artwork

Gallery event geared toward WUSTL faculty, staff

Students participating in City Faces, an after-school art and tutoring program. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
City Faces, an after-school art and tutoring program, is a stabilizing force for children living in St. Louis’ Clinton-Peabody public housing projects, an area riddled with drug and gang activity.

Founded nearly 20 years ago by Bob Hansman, associate professor and artist-in-residence in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the program has provided a safe haven and creative outlet for under-resourced youth.

On Monday, Feb. 13, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to view and support the work during a silent auction and gallery event.

The event, which is being held for the first time, begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Millstone Visitors’ Center within the Danforth University Center.Paintings by the children will be showcased in the auction, and prints will be for sale. Hansman will address the crowd at 6 p.m. Bon Appetit is providing refreshments.

City Faces is completely sustained by donations and fundraising efforts of WUSTL students involved in the charitable organization Mr. Wash. U.

Mr. Wash. U. is a student-led group that annually selects candidates to compete for the crown and title of Mr. Wash. U. This year, 14 candidates are competing. As part of the contest, the candidates raise funds for City Faces throughout the year.

Hansman at last year’s Mr. Wash. U. event.
The efforts culminate in the Mr. Wash. U. talent showcase, scheduled this year for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Edison Theatre. Tickets will go on sale two weeks before the event.Last year’s cumulative efforts raised more than $30,000; this year’s goal is $32,000.

The majority of the funding purchases art supplies and other necessities to keep the studio open. Some funds are used to purchase healthy snacks for the children.

Recently, WUSTL students began offering general tutoring services in addition to the program focused on art. Proceeds from Mr. Wash. U. fundraising efforts also help buy essential school supplies and books.

RSVPs are requested by Friday, Feb. 10. For more information or to RSVP, email