Stephanie Syjuco: “This is a time to mourn, not just my plans, but also mourning for what I don’t even know yet.”
Stephanie Syjuco: “This is a time to mourn, not just my plans, but also mourning for what I don’t even know yet.”

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Stephanie Syjuco

Not long into our phone conversation, Stephanie Syjuco tells me: “My parents are in the Philippines, a developing country that’s going to be hit very hard. Working on my own artwork, right now, it feels rather insignificant. This sounds like a harsh way to say it, but that’s…

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Marina Zurkow, The Thirsty Bird (still), 2012.
Marina Zurkow, The Thirsty Bird (still), 2012.

Art at Home: The Thirsty Bird Flip-book

Currently on view on CAM’s facade is Marina Zurkow: The Thirsty Bird. On one side of this split screen video, viewers witness the seemingly eternal motion of an oil pump jack (known colloquially as a “thirsty bird”), and on the other side, a range of archetypal figures drinking from a…

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“This moment enforces my belief that we need each other. It sinks in day by day.
“This moment enforces my belief that we need each other. It sinks in day by day." Liz Johnson Artur selfie. Courtesy the artist.

Artist Notes from a Pandemic: Liz Johnson Artur

Liz Johnson Artur takes photographs of people as a means toward connection. As viewers of the photographs, we connect with the people in the pictures. These connections are powerful—one human being, a group of human beings, linked to each other in the space of a museum. A…

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Courtesy Janie Stamm.
Courtesy Janie Stamm.

Art at Home: Embroidery with Janie Stamm

It seems forever ago, but at CAM’s March First Friday event, artist Janie Stamm taught embroidery to anyone who was willing to try, which became an ever expanding group of visitors before the evening was over. Janie was a teaching artist for LEAP Middle School Initiative this season, leading…

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Jen Nugent and Caleb Hauck shovel dirt into Derek Fordjour's installation <em>SHELTER</em>. Photo: Robert Cohen, <em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</em>
Jen Nugent and Caleb Hauck shovel dirt into Derek Fordjour's installation SHELTER. Photo: Robert Cohen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Where the Magic Happens

Empty crates stand in CAM’s Receiving Area, stored there after the artwork they contained has been put on display. The room is filled with construction materials and meticulously labeled tool boxes, with a paint storage cabinet and a woodshop enclosed within. Jen Nugent leads me around the Staff…

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