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Hunt Gallery presents exhibitions of individual artists and/or groups of artists of regional, national and international renown whose works demonstrate significant aesthetic achievement and art historical importance.

An integral part of the educational mission of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History (DADAH), the Gallery features curated exhibitions of contemporary art for the academic community and broader St. Louis area public.

Current Exhibition:
Plastic Capital

April 7 – May 13, 2023

Art that is a compilation of different pieces of plastic waste, including bags, caution tape, contrainers, lids, fruit mesh, etc.


Amanda Boetzkes coined the term “plastic capitalism” to define how waste as both subject and object appears in much contemporary art. Hunt Gallery’s newest exhibition borrows Boetzkes' phrase and includes works by artists who are creating awareness of the relationship of art’s role and complicity in the global economy and how plastic has come to be a marker of both globalism and the enormous challenge of plastic waste. The Plastic Capital exhibition highlights works by Tom Fox, Calder Kamin, Ashton Ludden, Bryan Northup and Toby Zallman that explore varying approaches to plastic used as material and subject. Works by Nancy Ellison and Chris Jordan are also included.

Opening Reception:
6–8 p.m., Friday, April 7, 2023 


Image: Bryan Northup, Cautionary Entrails, 2023, found plastic.

Past Exhibitions

Presence As Object

The seemingly endless possibilities of abstract painting continue to resonate and have relevance in the current political climates and contemporary aesthetic discourse. The works in the Presence as Object exhibition focused on approaches to abstraction as a vehicle to explore the construction of painting, as well as its presence as object, and ability to illuminate the atmospheres and sensations linked to our understanding of the constructed versus natural environments. Artists included Maryville, Missouri-based German artist Armin Mühsam; Los Angeles-based Kelley Johnson; Kevin Umana, Kansas City, Missouri artist; and Shawn Powell from Cleveland, Ohio.

Where Were You in ’72?

From Bloody Sunday, Shirley Chisholm for President, Nixon going to China, and, also winning the election in a landslide, Picasso’s chillingly poignant Self-portrait Facing Death, the end of the US Vietnam era draft, the start of the Watergate scandal, Christo and Jeanne Claude completing Valley Curtain, the destruction of Pruitt-Igoe, terrorists at the Munich Olympics, etc., etc., 1972 was a year filled with incredible, often shocking world events, and developments in technology and the arts that still reverberate 50 years later. This exhibition included art, music and memorabilia from 1972 and the period of transition away from sixties sensibilities.

Athens, Ohio-based artist John McVicker, who received his BA from Webster College and MA from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, shared present works related to his imagery from the 1970s. Mimi Botscheller — recipient of the Duane Hanson Allied Artist Award and BA Webster College, MA Graphic Design and MFA Visual Art, Miami International University — presented paintings combining Eastern and Western ideologies have been widely shown both nationally and internationally. Also exhibiting is Seattle-based Julie Gaskill, whose work has been exhibited in Shenzhen, China; at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle; the Museum of Northwest Art in la Conner, Washington; the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington; the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, Minnesota; the Seattle Art Museum Gallery; and at Davidson Galleries in Seattle.

Earth Works

The exhibition Earth Works, a title which is obviously a riff on Robert Smithson’s Earthworks, highlighted recent artists who are using the environment as image or material rather than the subjects of manipulation of earth or necessarily environmental impact/devastation. Curated by Dr. Jeffrey Hughes, Earth Works included drawings/paintings, photos and video works by: Kim Anderson (Bradenton, Florida), Abbey Hepner (Edwardsville, Illinois), Cristina Molina (New Orleans), Molly Segal, (Oakland, California), Janaina Tschäpe (New York), and John Ruppert (Baltimore, Maryland).

Mitchell Squire: Whatever it is I wish to see

In Mitchell Squire’s Whatever it is I wish to see, the artist questions his role as a self-portrait photographer with an "ill- tempered" relationship to the medium. Having returned to the practice during the pandemic after a nearly 25-year hiatus, and bracketed by theories that helped guide his sculptural practice utilizing found objects, Squire situates his recent photographic work, as he writes, “somewhere between Jane Bennett’s "assemblage" and Tiffany Lethabo King’s "fungible flux," then self-disappeared into the Blackness of Fred Moten’s "underground."” His driving question as he re-enters the picture-making fray is how might he become a mode in a process, subject to the chance, magic, and contingency intrinsic to his encounters?

Showing for the first time at the Hunt Gallery at Webster University, Squire’s exhibition is built around new self-portraits and historic portraits from his inherited archive from the 1940s. Together with a recent trilogy of self-published zines and an array of self portraits from the 90s, this exhibition speaks to Squire’s current relationship to photography, and how that relationship increasingly fuels his contemplation of themes regarding imaginaries, racialization, sexualities, ageism, and the "what" of what it is he wishes to see.

Politics of Exchange

Politics of Exchange

Politics of Exchange

Politics of Exchange

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