Public Art takes the spotlight in a series of April events from the Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters of University City (MCALUC), including a celebration of University City’s Marvin Levy and his efforts to bring public art to the area.
First, an exhibit of two-dimensional art work and art models is scheduled Monday, April 7 to Sunday, April 27 at the University City Public Library, in conjunction with the 2014 collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis and MCALUC.
The two-dimensional works represent “Community Visuals: A Student Exhibition in 2-Dimensions,” and the art models preview the 28th annual Public Sculpture series. Both have been prepared by students of the university’s Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
The longer showtime offers the public a chance to familiarize themselves with the works before the opening reception and awards program, which runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at at the library’s Gallery and Auditorium.
Second, from April 12 through September 1, the public may visit the Public Sculptures on-site at Kaufman Park and on Wilson and Ahern, near Shaftesbury. A digital map is available here.
Finally, a gallery talk with the community has been scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 25 in the library’s Gallery and Auditorium. The dialogue will not only include the Community Visuals and Public Sculpture artists, as well as Sam Fox School faculty, but will also feature neighbors, friends, and family of Marvin Levy in a memorial of his life and community service. “Mr. Levy is affectionately referred to as the ‘Founder of the University City/Washington University in St. Louis Public Arts Series’” said MCALUC president, Adelia Parker-Castro.
Also scheduled for the April 25 celebration: Proclamations from county, University City, and school officials; live music from the Gannon Quartet; and a reception with dessert and wine.
A commemorative catalog detailing the history of public art and Levy’s life in University City will be available at both the reception and the gallery talk events.
Questions about these events may be sent to the MCALUC email address, email@example.com.