Chandler Branch's Blog

Showcasing emerging talent

We recently celebrated the opening of our 19th annual Varsity Art exhibition, featuring artworks from 34 graduate and undergraduate students representing 17 area colleges and universities. This is one of our most rewarding annual initiatives as the students clearly value the opportunity to have their work shown in a professional setting. I’ll long remember one of the students in a Varsity Art exhibit a few years who was on cloud nine because he sold a work of art at the opening reception. It’s a great feeling knowing that you've helped facilitate such an important moment in the life of an artist—a feeling that all our sponsors and community partners deserve to share in as they move our mission forward.

Another distinctive feature of the Varsity Art exhibit is the short video interviews we produced for the students, such as this one featuring artist Megan McCully. We invite gallery visitors to use their smartphone to scan codes printed on show tags and “Meet the Artist” by viewing their video interview. It’s a nifty way of connecting the artist and the viewer.

Interview on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis

It was a real pleasure to meet radio host Jim Doyle of the Radio Arts Foundation-ST. Louis (KIHT HD2 FM & 107.3 FM) a few weeks ago and chat with him about the work of Art Saint Louis. Our community is truly blessed to have RAF-STL on the air, and in addition to posting a portion of the interview here I want publically laud the station's fine work. A great city deserves great music. Hearty thanks to RAF-STL!

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Honoring a St. Louis Leader

Taking a moment today to pay tribute to the tremendous leadership of JP Cartmill, an extraordinary, behind-the-scenes community activist who recently completed her term as President of the Board of Directors of Art Saint Louis. The guidance Ms. Cartmill brought to Art Saint Louis proved an invaluable help throughout one of the most critically important and pivotal periods in our organization's 29-year history. Among the many initiatives achieved under her leadership were the hiring of the organization's Executive Director, the continuance of the VOICES Artist-in-Residence program, the launch of several new outreach programs and, most recently, the relocation and construction the Art Saint Louis gallery and café in downtown St. Louis and the successful capital campaign that facilitated it.

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