Established in 1988, The Kooyumjian Gallery is a nonprofit gallery dedicated to photography
and media arts. The Gallery is dedicated to showing a wide range of photographic works
by student, local, national and international photographers. Newly remodeled and expanded
as part of the School of Communications Sverdrup west wing renovations, the new cutting-edge
gallery space opened in the fall of 2022. The Kooyumjian Gallery provides a formal
gallery space for presenting exhibitions and we are dedicated to fostering and exhibiting
professional and student works.
The Gallery and Gallery events are free and open to the public.
Now on Exhibit:
Beginnings 2022: Juried High School Photography
Dec. 2, 2022 – Jan. 5, 2023
Jurors Professor Tom Barkman and Professor Michael Long
This exhibit showcases the artistry and talent of High School student photographers. The choice of subject, creativity and composition exhibited shares the immense talent of these students and shines a spotlight on the imagination of these teens. This year's competition was juried by Professor Tom Barkman & Professor Michael Long from over 300 entries of original photographic works.
Gallery Talk and Reception: 5:30–7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2
Participating High Schools:
Belleville East High School
Belleville West High School
Crossroads College Prep
Eureka High School
John Burroughs School
Kirkwood High School
Ladue High School
Lafayette High School
Lindbergh High School
Northwest High School
Ritenour High School
Roosevelt High School
St. Joseph’s Academy
Thomas Jefferson School
Webster Groves High School
Westminster Christian Academy
The 2023 Bill Barrett Faculty and the 36th Annual Undergraduate Exhibit
This exhibit is a faculty showcase alongside the juried undergraduate photography exhibit — a celebration of our creative community. Illustrating the current work and creative research of our faculty and the excellence of our undergraduates, the diverse works exhibited foster a dynamic dialogue between the students and faculty. Jurors are professors Julia Griffey and Josh Johnson.
Reception and Gallery Talk
5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20, 2023 with performance by DJ Pharaoh — Luke Demetry
Jimmy Fike — Edible Plants: A Photographic Survey
Since 2007, Jimmy Fike has been creating a photographic archive depicting North America’s rich trove of wild comestible flora. He has conducted field work in 15 different states and amassed a collection of over 150 specimens. His photographic work sprung from his disillusionment with the position of landscape photography in relation to pressing threats like climate change, extinction, pollution, alienation and the loss of commons. Fike hopes the photographic survey can serve as a historical archive of botanical life during an era of extreme change and provide viewers all over the country an opportunity to feel the type of bond with their landscapes that will encourage health, engender wonder, help identify free food and, most importantly, inspire greater concern for environmental issues.
Reception and Gallery Talk with Mr. Fike: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2023
Weekend Workshop with Mr. Fike: Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2023
Graduating Seniors/Majors 2023 Exhibit
Group exhibition showcasing the creative work of our graduating Photography Majors.
Reception and Gallery Talk with Graduates
5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, May 5, 2023
Aug.–Sept., 2023 — Alumna Show
To be Announced
Oct. 13–Nov. 24, 2023 — Andrew Richard Hara
Andrew Richard Hara’s photography is relentless in the pursuit of capturing distinctive images of planet Earth. Marked by a strong play of forces between environment and human-made structures, his work is grounded in beauty and yet inextricably linked to the contemporary influences of technology. His photographs focus on the contrast of light and darkness, inviting the viewer to inhabit the indescribable, visceral presence between objects and moments.
Reception and Gallery Talk with graduates: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, 2023
Dec. 2023–Jan. 2024 — Beginnings 2023: Juried High School Photography Exhibit
A juried exhibit of high school photography from local and national applicants.
Interested in having your high school participate? Email us at Kgallery@webster.edu
Reception and Gallery Talk: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jan.–Feb. 29, 2024 — 2024 Bill Barrett Faulty and 37th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibit
A Faculty Showcase alongside the Undergraduate Juried Photography Exhibit.
Undergraduates interested in participating? Email us at Kgallery@webster.edu
March 8–April 26, 2024 — Griselda San Martin
Griselda San Martin is a Spanish documentary photographer. She has documented the U.S.-Mexico border, focusing on the issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights abuses through an optic of identity and belonging.
Her current focus is on the growing Hispanic community in the United States and the sociopolitical implications of reactionary narratives depicting immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her work explores the transnational life and practices that link individuals, families and social networks across political boundaries.
San Martin’s work challenges popular assumptions about immigrants and offers an alternative perspective — a marginalized community demonstrating resilience and resourcefulness amidst trying situations.
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Ms. San Martin: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2024
Supported by the Missouri Arts Council
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Missouri Arts Council supports the arts that strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our state.
All images appearing on this webpage are copyright of the photographers.
Highlights from the Kooyumjian Gallery
Construction Completed on Second Floor of Sverdrup
August 18, 2022
Sverdrup Construction Update - July 19, 2022
July 19, 2022