Special Projects

Street Beautification
October 9, 2014 - November 23, 2014
Adrian O. Walker, Self Portrait - Street Beautification 1, 2014Adrian O. Walker, 2717 Iowa Love Self, 2014Adrian O. Walker, Under St. Mary's Infirmary, 2014Adrian O. Walker, Rise Up As one—Peat Wollaeger, 2014Adrian O. Walker, Mullanphy Street Warning, 2014Adrian O. Walker, Searching for Justice, 2014Adrian O. Walker, Monroe Street, 2014Adrian O. Walker, 2307 11th, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, Self Portrait - Street Beautification 1, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, 2717 Iowa Love Self, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, Under St. Mary's Infirmary, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, Rise Up As one—Peat Wollaeger, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, Mullanphy Street Warning, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, Searching for Justice, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, Monroe Street, 2014

Adrian O. Walker, 2307 11th, 2014

Street Beautification, an exhibition of photography by Adrian O. Walker, features images of street art from the city of Saint Louis as part of the companion learning lab to Living Like Kings.

img6907250Adrian O. Walker
“hand” mural by Peat “EYEZ” Wollaeger

Adrian O. Walker grew up in Saint Louis, Missouri, where he is currently based. After earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in sociology and photography from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Walker traveled throughout the United States as a freelance photographer specializing in music and lifestyle subjects. Using both film and digital formats, Walker’s photography creates new experiences for viewers, connecting them to the often overlooked beauty of everyday life.

Walker encourages viewers to address the culture of their surroundings, believing that it is the heart of what is real. Urban settings provide inspiration for him, and this selection of his photography depicts graffiti in both his own neighborhood of North Saint Louis and throughout the city. His lens captures the works of a vibrant, diverse group of artists whose creations transform their environment.

 Works Featured in the Exhibition

in-the-cut--22nd-streetwebIn the Cut — 22nd Street, 2014


img7418webWarning on Cass, 2014


3034-mlk-southweb3034 MLK South, 2014


carver-house-dreamswebCarver House Dreams, 2014


hand--peat-wollaegerwebHand—Peat Wollaeger, 2014


2717-iowa-love-selfweb2717 Iowa Love Self, 2014


cherokee-dreamswebCherokee Dreams, 2014


under-stwebUnder St. Mary's Infirmary, 2014


rise-up-as-one--peat-wollaegerwebRise Up As One—Peat Wollaeger, 2014


mullanphy-street-warningwebMullanphy Street Warning, 2014


found-beauty-on-jefferson-webFound Beauty On Jefferson, 2014


searching-for-justicewebSearching For Justice, 2014


monroe-streetwebMonroe Street, 2014


2307-11th-web2307 11th, 2014


img7076webUpchuck, 2014

 All photography by Adrian O. Walker


maclogo200Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.


rac-logo200gray-3g5With support from the Regional Arts Commission




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