Articles by Francesca Wilmott

Stan Chisholm, WaitingForAMountain, 2010. Installation at Art Dimensions Gallery, St. Louis. Chisholm is a graduate of the CAT Institute.

Community Arts Training Institute: A Conversation with Roseann Weiss

Community Arts Training Institute: A Conversation with Roseann Weiss

During my time as a guest blogger for Art21, I’ve examined various initiatives that have transformed the cultural landscape of St. Louis. Despite the city’s dwindling population, the arts are …

Theaster Gates leading a tour of a once-abandoned home that is now central to his creative rehab efforts in Hyde Park, St. Louis. Image courtesy of the Rebuild Foundation.

Creative Rebuild: Theaster Gates in Hyde Park, St. Louis

Creative Rebuild: Theaster Gates in Hyde Park, St. Louis

Artist Theaster Gates likes systems. And what he likes more than a system itself is knowing how to leverage it. Though formally trained in handling clay, Gates also uses the …

Saint Louis skyline with Eero Saarinen's Gateway Arch in the foreground and Minoru Yamasaki's Pruitt-Igoe housing development in the back right.

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Of Monuments and Memorials: St. Louis Modernism and Juan William Chávez’s Pruitt-Igoe Bee Sanctuary

Notable attention has turned to what many consider the golden age of modern St. Louis—the 1950s—when the city reached its highest population and garnered international attention for its architectural contributions. …

St. Louis population in the 1950s. According to the 2010 census, the city currently has a population of 319,294. Film still from The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

Testing the Limits: Cultural Activism in the Gateway City

When the 2010 U.S. Census figures were released in February of this year, many in St. Louis were alarmed. According to census data, the city’s population declined eight percent in …