2013 Awards for Distinction

Peter Saul, Shark in My Bathtub. 72" by 96", acrylic/canvas, 2011. Copyright: Peter Saul. Courtesy: Mary Boone Gallery, New York

Seven honored for contributions to architecture, art, design

Posted by Liam Otten April 4, 2013

"If there's anything you keep doing wrong, if there’s anything that every teacher you’ve ever had tries to get you to stop doing—do more of that."
—Peter Saul

Described by The New York Times as "an artist's artist" and "a serial offender in violations of good taste," painter Peter Saul (BFA56) has provided lush, lurid, and scathingly satirical commentaries on political, social and historical events for more than 50 years.

Christopher Columbus, Willem de Kooning, the Vietnam War, Angela Davis, George W. Bush, Abu Ghraib, and the artist himself—all come under the squirming, drooping, brightly colored gun of Saul's disturbingly inventive paintings and prints.

On Thursday, April 11, Saul will receive the Dean's Medal from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.

The medal—which recognizes extraordinary contributions to the fields of art, architecture or design—comes as part of the Sam Fox School's sixth annual Awards for Distinction dinner. In all, the school will recognize seven outstanding alumni who have demonstrated creativity, innovation, leadership and vision in their respective fields.

In addition to Saul, architecture alumni Catherine Meehan Barner (BA75) of San Francisco and Kenneth D. Levien, FAIA (BA74/MArch76) of New York will both receive Awards for Distinction.

Also receiving Awards for Distinction will be art alumni Dexter Fedor (BFA/BSBA79) of Los Angeles and Carolyne Roehm (BFA73) of New York.

Architect Erin Cubbison, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, (BS03) of Berkeley, CA, will receive a Young Alumni Award, as will artist Bunny Cornell Burson (MFA05) of St. Louis.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Palladium Saint Louis, 1400 Park Place. For more information, contact Aly Abrams, 314.935.7223, or aly.abrams@wustl.edu.