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BODY SCRN MEME exhibition photos

Photography courtesy of Amanda Bowles




The Des Lee Gallery is pleased to present BODY SCRN MEME
opening on Friday, February 7, 2020 with a reception from 6:00 – 9:00pm.


BODY SCRN MEME (BSM) is a group exhibition featuring work by Lilli Carré (Chicago, IL), Harley Lafarrah Eaves (St. Louis, MO), Dianna Frid (Chicago, IL), Robert Chase Heishman (Chicago,IL), Allison Lacher (Springfield, IL) & Jeff Robinson (Chicago, IL), Chris Naka (Brooklyn, NY), Megan Schvaneveldt (Milwaukee, MI) and Selina Trepp (Chicago, IL). The show is curated by artist Amanda Bowles (St. Louis, MO).

BSM considers translation processes.

From this to _____.­­

Iconoclast to Meme-lover.

Body to image. Image to screen plus text.
Then to icon. And back to body.


Works will present a range of strategies situated in relation to screen cultures, image production and circulation. Some artists work within the picture plane, some explode it. Bodies are flattened, embedded, dis-embedded, sometimes overwritten. Space is compressed in tight layers and text reduced to snips, clips, and blurbs.

The exhibition opens at the Des Lee Gallery on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 6-9pm.  Additional viewing hours through March 21, 2020 will be every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1-6pm. Viewing is also available by appointment:

The Des Lee Gallery is part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, and is located downtown at 1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103.



PARABOLA 2019: Extraterrestrial

PARABOLA: Extraterrestrial is a group exhibition about expanding thought and questioning preconceptions. Graduate students are encouraged to submit works that explore new modes of thinking, and generally expand upon and challenge assumptions.

Exhibition opening, Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6-9p.

Additional viewing hours will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1-6p.


Des Lee Gallery
1627 Washington Avenue
St. Louis, MO   63103


Decoys and Depictions: Images of the Digital

Opening reception Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6-9p

Exhibition runs thru November 16, 2019

Additional viewing hours on each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 1-6p

2019 Student Exhibitions

Friday, March 29 – Junior Year Exhibition

Friday, April 5 – BFA Thesis Exhibition, Group 1

Friday, April 12 – BFA Thesis Exhibition, Group 2

Friday, April 26 – MFA First-Year Exhibition, Group 1

Friday, May 3 – MFA First-Year Exhibition, Group 1

Opening receptions for all exhibitions are on Friday, from 6-9pm

Additional hours for all exhibitions are the following Saturday, from 1-6pm

Robert C. Smith: An Eclectic Studio & A Remarkable Career

February 8, 2019
Des Lee Gallery, 1627 Washington Ave.

Opening reception: Friday, February 8, 2019, 6-8p; remarks at 6:30p
On view: Friday, February 8 – Saturday, March 9, 2019
Gallery hours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 1-6p
Additional hours available by appointment

Please join us for the opening reception of Robert C. Smith: An Eclectic Studio & A Remarkable Career.

Robert C. Smith (1926-2018) was an accomplished draftsman, painter, photographer, sculptor, and fountain designer, as well as a professor emeritus in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Bob joined the faculty in 1965 as director of the first- and second-year program and later helped establish the communication design major. In 1972, he launched Create Studio, a professional graphic design firm staffed entirely by students—one of the first of its kind in the nation. Bob’s own studio practice embodied his wide-ranging interests and endless curiosity, and included commissioned projects for Cincinnati’s Taft Museum, the St. Louis Zoo, and the MUNY Opera in Forest Park, among many others. The Des Lee Gallery is proud to celebrate the eclectic works and influential legacy of this consummate St. Louis maker and teacher.