Five art impresarios putting St. Louis on the map drawing national attention to the city’s vibrant art scene.
Carl PhillipsÛÓPoet/Professor, Washington University
Simply put, Carl Phillips is one of America’s most respected poets. A temporary teaching gig at Washington University in 1993 has turned into 20 years spent in St. Louis writing award-winning poetry and proving that the city has an increasingly thriving literary culture. Phillips’ latest book, “Silverchest,” is a collection of poems that examine fear and excess, the erotic and the moralistic. Since its April 2013 release, the book has garnered glowing reviews in national publications from Publisher’s Weekly to The New Yorker. Throughout his career, this one-time high school Latin teacher has been bestowed with numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress and the Academy of American Poets. His 14th book, a collection of essays, will be published in fall 2014 by Graywolf Press.
Susan BarrettÛÓDirector, World Chess Hall of Fame
As director of the World Chess Hall of Fame, Susan Barrett has played a vital role in St. Louis’ rise to the upper echelons of the global chess scene. Now, she’s elevating the city’s profile even further with a highly original fashion-as-art exhibition, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess.” Inspired by fashion designer Alexander McQueen, the project already has both the art and fashion worlds buzzing. It’s curated by Sofia Hedman, an internationally known fashion curator and exhibition designer, and features work by more than 30 illustrious fashion artists from around the world. A recent preview in New York brought 400 fashion and art heavyweights to marvel at a sampling of the garments to be highlighted in the show, garnering enough excitement and press to all but ensure that the cognoscenti will descend on St. Louis when the show opens Oct. 19 at the World Chess Hall of Fame.
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