“Wayfinding II,” a solo exhibition by St. Louis artist and educator Cheryl Wassenaar, is now on display in the Spiva Gallery.

Wassenaar is a visual artist whose work investigates language as a system of meaning that is dependent on arrangement and context. Her latest works utilize sign makers’ vinyl alongside manipulated objects, sound and video.

In “Wayfinding II,” she plays with the notion of navigation and indirect communication by disrupting the efficiencies of sign-based language. The exhibition brings together several bodies of this work, from earlier investigations of formal typographic interplay to sculptural pieces based on overheard conversations that gain new meaning in our current pandemic environment.

Wassenaar currently serves as an associate professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis, where she teaches about design, color, environmental art and research methodology. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than 60 group and solo exhibitions.

A virtual artist talk will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, followed by a reception in the gallery.

Zoom link:


Passcode: 386381

Viewing of the Zoom presentation will also be available in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

The show at Spiva will run through Wednesday, March 9. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 4 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free and open to the public