March 8, 2012

Inland Symposium: CST

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

Inland Symposium: CST—the third annual symposium event co-sponsored by the Inland Visual Studies Center—will take place April 12–13, 2012, at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

This year’s symposium, titled CST: Central Standard Time, will look at cultural production in the Midwest and examine its contribution to the nation’s art and visual culture, challenging the notion that the “CST territories” consist primarily of consumers, as opposed to creative/productive classes. Participants will discuss the impact of the history of the Midwest—including economy, sociology, geography, and even climatology—on visual culture “between the coasts.”

Keynote speakers are Stephanie Smith, deputy director and chief curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, and Barbara Jaffee, PhD, associate professor of Art History, Modern Art and Critical Theory at Northern Illinois University.

Panels of artists, curators, and writers from the St. Louis region and beyond will discuss cultural production, thinking, criticism, and the effects of monoculture in the breadth of Midwestern criticism; the showing of contemporary art; and the influence of timing and travel on the production and reception of art in the region.

While the symposium is free, registration is required. Please e-mail [email protected] by Friday, April 6. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

About the Inland Visual Studies Center:
The Inland Visual Studies Center, located at Bradley University, seeks to theorize a more authentic and complex cultural identity of Middle America and to analyze the Midwest’s contributions to national and global art.

About the Sam Fox School:
The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary and diverse community of architects, artists, and designers dedicated to excellence in learning, creative activity, research, and exhibition. Our unique structure allows us to build on the strengths of each unit—Art, Architecture, and Museum—and to draw on the resources of Washington University to create new knowledge and address the social and environmental challenges of our time.

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