Washington University in St. Louis

University Advancement

VIRTUAL: Virtual Tour of Art on Campus featuring Leslie Markle, Curator for Public Art at Washington University

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 4:00–5:00 p.m. CDT

Please join us for a virtual tour of Art on Campus featuring Leslie Markle, curator for public art at Washington University. The university’s Art on Campus program is a growing collection of public artworks by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Reflecting the diversity, creativity, and scholarship of the university, these artworks enhance the cultural, intellectual, and visual experience of all who visit as well as those who study and work here. By giving public art a strong presence throughout campus, the program reframes and transforms the environment, provoking consideration of both place and space. Participating artists use a wide variety of media, creating works that range from stand-alone sculptures to architectural interventions that variously engage with the social and physical contexts of their sites.

Established in 2010, Art on Campus is administered by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. It is funded by a Washington University policy that sets aside one percent of eligible capital projects and renovations on the Danforth Campus for the purchase and commission of public art. A campus-wide committee guides the program and is charged with identifying locations, selecting artists, and approving proposals. The Kemper Art Museum’s Director and Chief Curator and the University Architect co-chair the committee to ensure that the university’s short- and long-term plans for capital projects are incorporated into the planning for art installations and that artworks meet museum standards for aesthetic distinction and historical significance.

About our presenter:
Leslie Markle is the curator for public art at Washington University in Saint Louis where he manages the university’s Art on Campus program. In his position, he is responsible for stewarding the commissioning process and managing site-specific, indoor and outdoor art installations across the university’s Danforth Campus. To date, the Art on Campus program has commissioned permanent artworks by Ayşe Erkmen, Spencer Finch, Tom Friedman, Dan Graham, Katharina Grosse, Ann Hamilton, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Jaume Plensa. Markle is currently on the board of Public Art Dialogue, an affiliate organization of the College Art Association, and also serves on art advisory committees for the St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. Select curated and co-curated exhibitions include Transformative Visions: Washington University’s East End, Then and Now, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis (2018); PXSTL: Lots, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis (2014); 3x3, Herron Galleries, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (2013); Long Beach Exposed, Expo Arts Center, Long Beach (2009); and Smithsonian Week 2008: Long Beach Paints By Numbers, Long Beach Renaissance Hotel (2008). His writing has been published in artUS, a publication of The Foundation for International Art Criticism, and in Artweek, and he has held faculty appointments at a number of academic institutions including Chapman University and California State University Long Beach, among others.

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom. If you have a Zoom account, please register with the email address linked to your account.

Cost: Complimentary, registration required by September 22

NOTE: You will receive a confirmation email after completing registration. If you do not receive one, please email alumniclubs@wustl.edu.