Into the Grid: Florence Edition

In Firenze, anyone interested in the Renaissance gets to stand and study for short periods in churches, chapels, and buildings designed by many famous renaissance artists, but only the lucky few study for long periods, eat lunch, paint, design, play with the resident cat, for an entire semester in a palace remodeled by Raphael. Italy […]

Revisiting the Renaissance

It’s junior year. I stand at the entrance gazing up at poster of the David by Donatello hanging off the side of the building. The Bargello museum, Firenze. Flashback to freshman year. Looking up at an image of the same David, massive, about this size in William Wallace’s Introduction to Western Art being projected onto […]

Into the Woods: Skating in Forest Park

Running in forest park is a classic diversion for WashU students. The trails vary in sights and lengths. A short run can make an easy workout break from studying or Netflix binge. Running from the AC to Art Hill and back makes for a run that is short and steep. Or, my preference, a run […]

Into the Woods: Lions and Tigers and Bears!

A storm has just passed whether it was a busy week of activities, exams, or a literal weather event. It’s now a sunny day, a snowy night, or course work is a bit less wild. Whatever combination of events it might be, I am seeking to clear my head and get back to home base. […]

Coffee Break

It’s Tuesday afternoon in February, we’ve been in art class for an hour and a half doing critique of a project. Its a standard packing design project, with an historical twist. What would the  packaging design be for a family owned business during the Renaissance. Everyone is enthusiastic about the critique and opportunity to bring […]

Into the Woods: Sledding in Forest Park

Forest Park is a wonderland of different activities for students to engage with for all seasons, yet above all my favorite is winter in forest park. When it begins to snow, as students we bundle as we did when we were young: with hats and gloves, scarves and puffy jackets. We enter the snowy world […]

Into the Grid

When the dawn of finals season rises upon the campus, students remark they are going “off the grid”. At Sam Fox, by contrast,we go “into the grid.” Enter the top floor of Steinberg and you will find the junior and senior communication designers. Each student at a desk that includes a large workspace, a rolling […]

Lofty Lifestyle

The lofts. Four buildings on the Delmar loop that are an easy fifteen minute walk to campus. During the warmer months, the walk to campus by way of Skinker Blvd is shaded by magnificent trees along the Skinker neighborhoods. During the winter, their bare branches reach out to catch snowflakes as they become the woods […]

La Classe in Italia

“Vorrei un cappuccino, per favore” The mornings were soft, the cold of the night warming in the Tuscan sun. My roommate for the duration of the trip was still asleep but I am an early riser. I slipped out of bed, tossed on yesterday’s rumpled jeans, grabbed a key for our airbnb and headed out. […]

A Stand Out Stand Up

It’s a warm Wednesday evening, into the second week of Fall term. Homework assignments, projects, and deadlines are rolling in. It’s 5pm, classes done for the day for most, students should be heading for dinner, study, or a workout, yet instead hundreds are queued outside of Graham Chapel. The students that haven’t checked their facebooks […]

Home Sweet Home

Congratulations on your decision to be WashU Class of 2022! Excellent! Welcome! Now…as you envision freshman year at WashU, there are more decisions to be made around dorm life. Who will your roommate be? Will you go random? Or choose someone? Does your room call out for a color scheme? Should you get the silver […]

Riverfront: The Project Process

Our day began on a bitter February morning at the St. Louis riverfront. It was 8:30 and twenty or so Communication Design students approached the banks. Despite the cold, we were excited to be out of the classroom. Our sketchbooks in hand, we bounded beneath the Arch down to walk by the water. River barges […]

Answering My Own High School Senior Questions

Just about two years ago, I had the great fortune to be able to select from among terrific options for college. At the top of the list was a great mid-western university that I had planned to attend from about the time I was 7 years old, when my much older brother began his freshman […]

The Economics of Making a Small School Big

They say “you can make a big school small, but you can’t make a small school big”. At Wash U, you can have both. One of the benefits of going to Wash U is that because there are several schools in which you can major, Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Art, there is so much […]

The Studio Story

Anytime of day at Wash U there’s a flurry of student footsteps trekking east and west along the Forsyth sidewalk. On closer inspection, you’ll observe students carrying rolls of paper, portfolios, and oversized backpacks with all sorts of pencils, markers, paintbrushes poking out wherever they can. These are the art students. Where are they headed? […]

What a Rush

January, holiday break has transitioned to a new course schedule and frostbitten cross-campus walks under grey skies. What’s to look forward to? Much! Right now on campus, everyone who did formal sorority recruitment is embarking on a new chapter of the WashU experience. Brunches, lunches, coffees, and dinners. Ice skating and bumper car basketball. This […]

Friendly Faces Far and Wide

Great news. By the second year at Wash U, you have made all sorts of new friends. From pre-orientation to freshman foundation classes: your new friends come from here, there, and everywhere. Some come and go as college life shifts, changes and settles. New faces transform into friendly faces you will see everywhere on campus […]

Learning to Learn in Art School

My art experience prior to college was about creating a portfolio and possibly painting some color wheels at one point. The concept of pursuing art at the college level was an abstract concept. No longer. First semester Drawing 1 and 2D Design were an adventure. I felt like I grew, I learned and I improved […]