Eye on UMSL: ‘Art in Storefronts’

by | Jun 29, 2023

"Art in Storefronts," a walk-up exhibition featuring work of UMSL BFA students Agibail Lollis, Olivia Obi and Sarah Butler, is on display in downtown Ferguson, Missouri.

University of Missouri–St. Louis art student Abigail Lollis' "Untitled" watercolor monotype greets pedestrians as they walk past the Hive Cafe on Wednesday in downtown Ferguson, Missouri.

University of Missouri–St. Louis art student Abigail Lollis’ “Untitled” watercolor monotype greets pedestrians as they walk past the Hive Cafe on Wednesday in downtown Ferguson, Missouri.

A half-mile stretch of South Florissant Road, running from the Xcelsior Event Center to Soulcraft, has served as a defacto gallery for Lollis and recent UMSL studio art graduates Olivia Obi and Sarah Butler over the past month in a multi-storefront walk-up exhibition called “Art in Storefronts.”

A piece of art by Olivia Obi displayed in the window of the Xcelsior Event Center in Ferguson, Missouri

Art by Olivia Obi is displayed in the window of the Xcelsior Event Center in Ferguson, Missouri.

It grew out of collaboration between UMSL, MU Extension and Ferguson business and community leaders. An independent jury of local leaders chose the three artists whose work is displayed with Obi’s showing at the Xcelsior Event Center, Lollis’ at the Hive Cafe and Butler’s at Soulcraft.

The exhibition will run through this weekend, and there will be a free art walk from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday with a chance to win raffle prizes.

Art by Sarah Butler is displayed in the storefront of Soulcraft in Ferguson, Missouri

Sarah Butler’s art can be seen in the storefront of Soulcraft in downtown Ferguson.

These photograph were taken by UMSL photographer Derik Holtmann and are the latest to be featured in Eye on UMSL. View more UMSL photos by visiting the UMSL Flickr and Instagram accounts.

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