On Friday, Feb. 1, Blackburn students took a field trip to explore St. Louis’s art museums. Twenty-seven students of different years and academic studies loaded onto a bus to visit the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the St. Louis Art Museum.
The main draw of the trip was Kehinde Wiley’s featured exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum. Wiley is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who specializes in portraits showcasing the African-American experience. Wiley is most famous for painting President Barack Obama’s presidential portrait. Department Chair of Fine Arts Craig Newsom said, “We really wanted students to see the Wiley exhibit and get out and explore the city.”
Senior creative writing major Ashley Weindel said, “It was nice and relaxing to just look at the different art pieces and walk around the museum.” Any student who missed class to go on the trip had their absence excused and were able to enjoy the museum without fear of punishment. For lunch, the group stopped in the Delmar Loop area, where there are many restaurants, and students were allowed to eat anywhere they liked. The group returned to Blackburn campus in the afternoon.