Artist and mentor: Gallery 210 exhibit puts student, faculty artwork side by side

by | Apr 30, 2018

The annual exhibition this year takes a closer look at the influence instructors have on their students' artwork.

“Consolation” is a 72” x 72” sculpture made of concrete, plastic, string, wood and organic material by Assistant Professor Mike Behle. The 2018 piece is part of the UMSL Gallery 210 exhibition “Hung Together,” featuring BFA students and their instructor’s artwork side by side. (Photos courtesy of artists)

The artwork of University of Missouri–St. Louis students and their instructors stands side by side in “Hung Together,” an exhibit at UMSL’s Gallery 210 on display until May 12.

Curated by Emily Geno, a master’s degree candidate in the Museum Studies program, with the supervision of gallery Director Terry Suhre, the exhibit appropriately closes out the semester celebrating the long tradition of artist and mentor.

“Various Painted Goods” is a 2018 collection of mixed items hand painted by BFA student Brock Seals, whose faculty influence was Assistant Professor Phil Robinson.

“I think this year’s exhibition of UMSL fine arts faculty and students is a great example of how a professor can influence a student,” Geno said. “Each student’s work is placed purposely next to their professor to showcase the relationship and reveal how the student’s work has grown through the professor’s influence.”

Geno’s proud of the diverse display in composition and media. Visitors will find everything from paintings to prints, sculpture and clothing.

Featured UMSL art faculty includes Ken Anderson, Jeff Sippel, Linda Bangert and Phil Robinson, among others. Students were chosen by professors within the department and are candidates in UMSL’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

The exhibition gave Geno the chance to showcase all she’s learned in her year-and-a-half graduate curatorial assistantship at the campus gallery.

“I was required to step into a leadership role – one that cannot be taught from books,” said Geno, who worked directly with the artists and gallery staff, even physically helping with art installation.

The student-and-faculty-focused exhibition happens annually with the purpose of featuring current and upcoming St. Louis artists, Suhre noted in a press release.

Also on exhibit at Gallery 210 until May 12 is “The Beauty of Chaos,” featuring local high school students of the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Both exhibits are made possible through the UMSL College of Arts and Sciences.

“Armature XIX” is a ceramic, aluminum and electronics piece created by Adjunct Instructor Snail Scott in 2014 and is part of the “Hung Together” exhibition at UMSL’s Gallery 210.

“North Wall of the Choir – Saint Pierre de Beauvais” is a large 60” x 40” banner featuring a photograph by photographer and Professor Dan Younger. The 2018 piece is part of the “Hung Together” exhibition at UMSL’s Gallery 210.


Marisol Ramirez

Marisol Ramirez