Archive for the ‘Returning Artists’ Category

2017 Returning Artist Dr. Stan Ford honored February 22 at public reception in UCHS

February 16, 2017


The Commission is pleased to present University City High School graduate and internationally respected concert pianist Dr. Stan Ford as our 2017 Returning Artist.   The public is invited to attend a special reception to honor him at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 in University City High School, 7401 Balson Avenue.

A 1975 graduate, he was inducted into the University City High School Hall of Fame in 2000. Dr. Ford is a professor of music at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He holds degrees in music performance and education, piano pedagogy and chamber music and balances a very busy teaching schedule with solo and chamber music concerts throughout Europe, North and South America and parts of Asia.

Dr. Ford will work with school children through the week of the reception and encourage them to investigate careers in the arts.

Since 1994, the Returning Artist program annually features artistically renowned graduates of University City High School who return to share their fields of work.


Returning Artist Marlon West honored by St. Louis International Film Forum

October 18, 2016


The Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters of University City congratulates animator Marlon West, UCHS alum, who will receive the 2016 St. Louis International Film Festival’s Cinema St. Louis Award for his achievements in animation. West has worked on over a dozen animated features for Disney, including “The Lion King,” “Mulan,” and “Frozen.”

He was also our first participant in the Returning Artist Program, in 1994, which features artistically renowned graduates of University City High School who return to the school system to share their fields of work with students.

More information on his latest honor can be found at the film festival’s website,

Award-winning photographer Wiley Price honored as 2016 Returning Artist, reception February 25

February 20, 2016

(Photo Courtesy Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame)

Wiley Price, the award-winning photojournalist for the St. Louis American, has been chosen as the 2016 Returning Artist by the Municipal Commission on Arts and Letters for University City.

The Returning Artist Program brings artistically renowned University City High School graduates to work with students and encourage them to investigate careers in the arts.

Mr. Price will be honored at a reception on Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m. in the McNair Board Room, 8136 Groby Road. The public is invited to attend.

A 1975 graduate of University City High School, Price has photographed every president since Jimmy Carter, celebrities, pro athletes, generals, artists and local, everyday life in memorable ways. In addition to the St. Louis American, his photos have appeared in the Washington Post, Ebony magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Kansas City Star and the Detroit Free Press. In 2012 he was inducted into the Missouri  Photojournalist Hall of Fame and was named one of the NAACP’s 100 most inspiring St. Louisans.

Samples of his work are on display at the Missouri Photojournalist Hall of Fame website.

Past returning artists have included visual artists, glassblowers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, actors, singers and dancers.

Questions about the program may be sent to the commission via email,