Above: Director Marilu Knode during her gallery talk for the exhibition Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World, June 2012.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
As you all know, Laumeier Sculpture Park is part of an excellent
public / private partnership with St. Louis County Parks. Parks provides in-kind support for grounds and building maintenance, staffing and IT support--but we are also very fortunate to have great access to the experts in various trades (carpentry, electrical, asphalt) and the operators of heavy equipment (cranes, earth movers) that make the Park the great "cultural landscape" that it is.
With the passing of Proposition P last year, Parks has been able to complete projects long-delayed due to lack of funding. Parks staff have recently completed renovations at our Moss Shelters, which host our vibrant Art Camp program for 4,000 youths over the summer months. Thanks to our County colleagues for all of their hard work!
On another note: It is with a mix of sadness and joy that I announce Laumeier's long-time Special Events Manager, Marie Oberkirsch, is leaving to be the founding director of a non-profit dedicated to the promotion and education of the history of letterpress and its role in
St. Louis. This new post aligns very closely with Marie's own background as an artist and printmaker, and I hope you will all join me as we thank Marie for her leadership roles in different capacities at Laumeier over the past two decades.
I also want to welcome our new permanent, part-time bookkeeper Rick Fouts, whose expert skills will help us continue to improve our internal practices and external reporting.
Just like the landscape around us, Laumeier is always growing and changing.
See you in the park!