Hard work and determination have paid off for St. Louis Community College alumnus Dominic Chambers.
He recently received acceptance letters to the graduate art programs at two Ivy League institutions – the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University. He chose to attend Yale.
“I chose Yale, in part, because of my experience at the Yale Norfolk summer residency,” Chambers said. “I was able to work alongside the faculty at Yale and my experience there was highly enriching and intellectually stimulating. Also, Yale’s facilities were more ideal for the work I would like to make. Among other things, I chose Yale because of its strong line of painters, and I would be honored to join that line of artists.”
Chambers recently had a solo exhibition in Des Moines, Iowa, at the Residential Gallery. He has been asked to return to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design as a visiting critic for Junior Portfolio Review.
He also is scheduled for three group exhibitions – one in Oregon and two in Milwaukee at the Portrait Society Gallery and the Green Gallery. He will be hosting a solo show at the Militzer Gallery this summer in St. Louis.
“Dominic is a special young man with a drive to excel,” said Robert Langnas, professor of art at STLCC-Florissant Valley. “Dominic is perhaps the most enthusiastic and engaged student I have worked with in my 26 years of teaching art. He is absolutely passionate about learning and about art in general.”
Chambers has many influences for his creations, but points to his mother as one of the biggest forces in his life.
“My mother is definitely one of my greatest influences,” Chambers said. “She’s passed now. But in losing her, my relationship with her and the impact she has had on my life came into sharper focus. I learned that through the loss of a loved one, the opportunity for self-reflection becomes present, and that it is our responsibility to make the most out of the time that we have. To pursue your dreams unapologetically, and to become the best version of yourself that you can be.”