Based at the Lewis Center, the Creative Research Fellows Program supports cross-disciplinary discourse, research, and collaboration, providing visiting artists and scholars with space to pursue their projects in proximity to graduate art students and faculty. The CRFP is not specifically "product" oriented; rather, it advances opportunities for conceptualization, experimentation, and conversation about art, cultural production, and broader social concerns.
Jesse Vogler is assistant professor of landscape architecture in the Sam Fox School, as well as an artist and designer whose work sits at the intersection of spatial practices, material culture, and political economy. Drawn to questions that attach themselves to the periphery of architectural production, his projects take on themes of work, law, property, expertise, and perfectibility. Recent projects include a series of exhibits on the administrative landscape with The Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), a performative land survey with Mildred's Lane, and a site-specific installation at PLAND. Vogler's work has been supported by two Graham Foundation grants and has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the CLUI, the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts. Publications featuring his writings and work include [bracket], Thresholds, Artforum, Domus, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to his art practice, Vogler is a land surveyor, co-directs the Institute of Marking and Measuring, and teaches architecture, landscape architecture, art, and urbanism.
Julia A. Walker is associate professor of English and drama at Washington University. She earned her PhD from Duke University in 1995, and taught at The College of William & Mary and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before arriving in St. Louis in 2008. Walker is the author of Expressionism and Modernism in the American Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Modernity & Performance: Enacting Change on the Modern Stage. In this second book, she examines the emergence of new styles of acting in light of the profound social, economic, and political changes associated with the historical period of modernity. Walker argues that, on a stage that was both literal and metaphorical, actors helped audiences adapt to their changing world by figuring new categories of thought, modeling new social relations, and enacting new habits of embodying a self. she has published several articles in scholarly journals and edited collections, and is currently serving as book review editor for Theatre Journal.
Past CRFP Fellows include: Jasmin Aber, Jessica Baran, Francesca Consagra, Sung Ho Kim, Lutz Koepnick, Kelly Shindler, and Bill Smart.