Fall 2020 CityStudioSTL Student Award

Front and back renderings of Monument to the Venezuelan Diaspora (Moumento a la Diáspora Venezolana)

Posted by Liz Kramer February 4, 2021


Carlos Salazar-Lermont, MFA-VA22, was awarded a CityStudioSTL Student Award for fall 2020 to support his project Monument to the Venezuelan Diaspora (Moumento a la Diáspora Venezolana). For this project, he will work with the Venezuelan Association of Missouri (AVMO) to engage members of the Venezuelan diaspora living in the St. Louis region in production, exhibition, and discussion spurred by this work. 

Salazar-Lermont, whose project is also supported by a Production Grant from the Sam Fox School’s MFA in Visual Art program, began developing Monument to the Venezuelan Diaspora in his studio practice. He will build on some of the same techniques and approaches he has used in past works, including utilizing materials such as wood, emergency blankets, and Venezuelan food product wrapping. The final sculpture is intended to “embody the grief produced by the massive migration of Venezuelans, caused by the current social, political, and economic collapse in Venezuela.” 

Salazar-Lermont intends to work with AVMO to identify local members of the Venezuelan community and build relationships with them, talking about their experiences and asking for their support in saving food product wrappers that will be used in his sculpture. For Salazar-Lermont, successful outcomes would be engaging with the Venezuelan community and having the completed piece exhibited in a public space or gallery that allows the community to interact with it. 

This work is planned to be completed over an extended period of time, allowing for new and emerging connections with the community. Since part of AVMO’s mission is to address Venezuelan cultural needs in the community, Salazar-Lermont hopes that his work will create opportunities to support this goal while also expanding the network of supporters connected to the association. 

About CityStudioSTL

CityStudioSTL supports a series of community engagement and outreach projects that bring together students in architecture, art, and design with partners in the city of St. Louis. It is generously supported by Gina and Bill Wischmeyer, BA69/MArch71. More information is available here>>

About CityStudioSTL Student Awards

CityStudioSTL Student Awards are open to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who propose to continue a community collaborative project from a curricular or co-curricular experience. Awards support students who wish to either complete a project begun in a course, or expand the project's original scope; priority is given to initiatives that are already underway. More information is available here>>