University of Missouri Graphic Design Student Features GCAA Artists in “Audio Chroma”

For several weeks, Matt Washausen of UMSL (University of Missouri – St. Louis) worked with high school students from Grand Center Arts Academy as part of his senior thesis.   The result was: “Audio Chroma.”  In the following video, Washausen discusses his work during the December 16, 2016 exhibition of Audio Chroma at UMSL Fine Arts Building Gallery.






Visual Arts Department Presents Winter Art Show: Dec 1, 5-7 pm

The Visual Art Department would like to invite you to view a beautiful display of student artwork at the GCAA Winter Art Show, Thursday December 1 from 5-7pm. There is a $2 admission fee. This year, 3 guest judges will be handing out 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in the categories of Drawing/Painting, 2-Dimensional Design, and 3-D Design. One Middle and High School student will also be awarded Best in Show. We are excited to honor and showcase our students’ hard work and hope you will join us!


Event posters created by senior design student, Tyson Johnson!

Senior UMSL student partners with GCAA Graphic Design students for project & show: Audio Chroma


USML design student, Matthew Washausen, has decided to focus his senior thesis on the connection of a music and design. By pairing GCAA Graphic Design students and local musicians, students will create responses to music’s influence on creativity and design, which will then be presented at an event in the Fine Arts Building on UMSL’s campus.

“Music can be a very important aspect in design. It is influential to our ideas, thoughts and daily life activities. The inspiration and influence music has on my design is tremendous: I believe the experience of pairing design students with local musicians to create responses is a major opportunity for students with design interest to receive mentorship. With having the event at UMSL we hope to encourage students to find interest in exploring graphic design in college.” – Matthew Washausen

The event, Audio Chroma: The Power of Music & Design, will be held at the University of Missouri- St. Louis in the Fine Arts Building on Friday, December 16th from 6:00-10:00pm.


This will be an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their design work and discuss their results with family, friends, peers, and design students of UMSL. This event will demonstrate the importance that music has on design and uniting a community through graphic design.




New GCAA Graphic Design Website

Check out the new website that showcases the talented graphic designers at GCAA!

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With that said, next year we have a Graphic Design Production Studio course that will collaborate with departments and community organizations to provide design services. We hope those who are interested take advantage of our awesome designers and provide them with professional experience that will help build skill set and portfolio. The request form can be found on the website and Sharepoint. Items our students can design for you could include t-shirts, posters, programs, tickets, brochures, flyers, you name it!

UMSL Graphic Design Professor Leads Typography Workshop at GCAA

On May 10, 2016, UMSL Associate Professor Jen McKnight visited Caitlin Munguia’s graphic design class to lead a workshop on typography. McKnight was accompanied by UMSL graduating senior, Aaron Mann, who discussed his portfolio with the class. Photos below, and more photos at the GCAA Flickr site.

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Visual Art Senior Banquet

Visual Art Seniors gathered last week for an exciting night out to commemorate their journey at Grand Center Arts Academy.  It was a heartfelt evening as the department reminisced on many memories and relationships that have developed over the years. Teachers and students also celebrated the individuality and charisma each of these students holds with personalized “Dada” Awards!

Good luck seniors, we wish you well!


Visual Arts Spring Show Features Middle School and High School Artists

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the GCAA Visual Arts Students (Middle School and High School) were featured at the Annual Spring Art Show. The Show drew a big crowd to the Sun Theater.  The show also succeeded in raising funds for future art projects.  Many of the works from the show are featured below.

Chair of the Art Department, Ms. Megan Clayton discussed this year’s show with me:


Head of School Matt Frederickson discusses GCAA (Video)

A couple weeks ago, GCAA Head of School Matt Frederickson agreed to allow me to record an interview where he discusses many aspects of GCAA. It’s a 25 minute interview filled with colorful images of GCAA students making art. Enjoy!

GCAA art on display!

We just wanted to let you know that all 2-Dimensional artwork from our Winter Art Showcase is currently on display in the windows of the Metropolitan building on Grand Blvd. Grand Center Inc. contacted us specifically to see if we could curate a show to be hung in the space throughout the holiday season.  With the help of our parents Teresa Mulvihill and Beth Kerry we were able to display all of our fabulous artwork last week!  The Metropolitan building is located on the corner of Grand Blvd. and Olive. Please check it out, it’s such an honor to showcase our Visual Artists in the community!!

Happy Holidays,
Megan Clayton
Visual Art Teacher/ Department Chair