Author Archive: Jen McKnight

Jen McKnight is an associate professor of art and art history at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Jennifer McKnight earned her BFA at Washington University in Printmaking and her Masters in Graphic Design at California Institute of Arts (CalArts). Her work is recognized in publications such as Print Magazine, :Output, and “Becoming a Graphic Designer: A guide to Careers in Design” by Steven Heller and Theresa Fernandes. Her design writing is published in the AIGA National Education Archives, Redaction Magazine, No Tasarim, as well as in Means by Which we Find our Way, edited by David Gardner and Andrea Wilkinson and Robin Landa’s Graphic Design Solutions 4th ed.

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The St Louis City Museum: How outsider Art Saved Downtown St. Louis

The St Louis City Museum: How outsider Art Saved Downtown St. Louis

| July 1, 2014 | Reply

When Bob Cassilly first started working on City Museum in 1995, it didn’t have a name but he knew he wanted his mission statement to read: “we seek the white whale.” St Louis has never seen anything like Bob Cassilly’s work. He creates from his gut, obsessively, constantly, joyfully. Although he was classically trained by Rudolf Torrino to do highly realistic and traditional sculpture commissions, Cassilly simply couldn’t stomach the work. After a few years of creating commissions for zoos and gardens, he was looking for a way to develop his own ideas. Bob Cassilly bought the International Shoe company in an abandoned section of downtown St. Louis almost on a whim.

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