Beauty, danger and cake

Cakes typically evoke birthday parties and celebrations. But a recent project by Ebony G. Patterson — a 2006 alumna of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts — transformed the idea of the cake into something entirely more serious.
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum. (Photo: Robert Pettus/Maki and Associates)

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum to expand

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is a Washington University treasure and one of the oldest teaching museums in the country. Now, to help secure the museum’s future, the William T. Kemper Foundation has pledged $5 million to fund long-range capital needs, including a major expansion.

Political illustrations of the past

Thousands of photographers, videographers and writers will descend on Washington University in St. Louis Oct. 9 to cover the presidential debate. But in mid-20th-century America, another sort of journalist was part of the media mix — the illustrator. The Douglas B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library features hundreds of images of politicians, the electoral process and American voters.
Students work on architecture projects as part of the Sam Fox School's Alberti Program. (Photo: James Byard/Washington University)

Alberti Program introduces kids to power, potential of architecture

Architecture shapes our environment – but studying architecture shapes how we see, understand and interpret the world around us. Over the last 10 years, the Alberti Program in Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts has introduced hundreds of kids, ranging from 8- to 15-years-old, to the power and potential of architecture and design.

Video: Inside an installation

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum boasts one of the nation’s finest university collections. This time-lapse video offers a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of “Real/Radical/Psychological,” the largest display of the permanent collection in the museum’s history.
Alum Erik L'Heureux recently won the prestigious Wheelwright Prize from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Designing for the tropics

Thanks to a Wheelwright prize from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design award-winning architect Erik L’Heureux is traveling to some of the world’s fastest growing cities along the equator to study how urbanization and tropical climates impact design.
Xopher Pollard, BFA ’05, is an architect in Chicago and president of WUpan, the WashU Pride Alumni Network.
Photo by David Durochik/WUSTL Photos

Creating a network

When he’s not helping design critically lauded commercial buildings, Xopher Pollard, BFA ’05, is overseeing another, equally important construction project: building bridges between Washington University and its LGBTQIA alumni.

Sam Fox School, Kemper Art Museum celebrate 10th anniversaries

On Friday, Sept. 9, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum will mark the 10th anniversary of the school’s founding and the opening of the Museum’s Fumihiko Maki-designed building. The celebration will include food, music, an exhibition showcasing the museum’s permanent collection and a special one-night-only project by celebrated alumna Ebony G. Patterson.
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