“Amsterdam” by UMSL freshman Chiara Andriole will be featured in the Gallery Visio exhibit “Visie Van Amsterdam.”

A University of Missouri–St. Louis studio art class wrapped a two-week July trip in Amsterdam with a week of intense and high-energy designing and printing. The result was the creation of 25 posters inspired by their trip through Amsterdam. That art will be on display for the exhibit “Visie Van Amsterdam” Aug. 25 to Sept. 22 in Gallery Visio at the UMSL.

A reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in the gallery. Participants will discuss the Amsterdam trip, show photos and videos, and answer questions at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Student Government Association Chamber at UMSL’s Millennium Student Center.

Led by Jen McKnight, associate professor of art at UMSL, a group consisting of two UMSL alumni, five UMSL students and one student each from Loyola University New Orleans, Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University in Webster Groves, Mo., toured eight internationally recognized graphic design firms in Amsterdam. The class featured a mixture of graphic design and advertising students, which McKnight said led to a cross-pollination of perspectives between the two areas of study.

In 2001, fine arts, anthropology, photography and graphic design students founded the Gallery Visio Student Association at UMSL to run Gallery Visio. The gallery’s first exhibit was held in February 2002.

Gallery Visio is in 170 Millennium Student Center at UMSL, 1 University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121). Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

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Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz