Photography Gallery

Established in 1988, The Kooyumjian Gallery is a nonprofit gallery dedicated to photography and media arts. The Gallery exhibits a wide range of photographic works by student, local, national and international photographers.

Newly remodeled and expanded as part of the School of Communications Sverdrup west wing renovations, the newly designed gallery space re-opened in the fall of 2022. The Kooyumjian Gallery provides a formal gallery space for presenting exhibitions, fostering young photographers and showcasing professional and student works.

The Gallery and Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Now on Exhibit:
Griselda San Martin: Alternative Perspectives

March 1 – April 24

Close-up of a wrinkled man's hand against the painted border fence with cross-hatched fence behind it.
Person wearing stylized leopard mask and painted jumpsuit walks on asphalt in front of building.
Woman in black vest sits on one of two pink chairs and looks through wall slats painted with field and flowers.
Nighttime close-up of older man with cowboy hat and woman hugging.
Man wearing grey suit vest and slacks and white cowboy hat looks through wall slats painted with American flag and field with yellow flowers.

Spanish documentary photographer Griselda San Martin has focused on the issues of immigration, deportation, inequality and human rights abuses at the U.S.-Mexico border through an optic of identity and belonging. Her current emphasis is on the growing Hispanic community in the United States and the sociopolitical implications of reactionary narratives depicting immigrants and ethnic minorities. Her work explores the transnational life and practices that link individuals, families and social networks across political boundaries. San Martin’s work challenges popular assumptions about immigrants and offers an alternative perspective — a marginalized community demonstrating resilience and resourcefulness amidst trying situations. 

Join Us!

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Ms. San Martin

5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, March 1, 2024


Upcoming Exhibitions

lanscape of steaming hot springs and geysers, tans and blues

Blueprints: 2024 Senior Exhibit

lanscape of steaming hot springs and geysers, tans and blues

Exhibiting graduates: Sydney Bailey, Noah Carroll, Chandler Herron, Kaitlin Dyan Janeczko, Kaiden Klein, Julia Scott, Hailey Sherman and Jacob Wooten.

With a sideshow presentation from animators Emily Foss, Landon Garland, Ameilia Gossett, Jess Luke and the Animation Senior overview students.

A culmination of their undergraduate journey, this exhibit illustrates the confidence in which the graduates use visual language, their creative identity and self-expression. The exhibitors have created alluring visuals, critical narratives and intimate explorations of their world.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk with the Graduates: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, May 3

photographer taking picture in front of crowd

Gaby Deimeke: Music Photography

photographer taking picture in front of crowd

Gaby Deimeke is a portrait and music photographer based in Austin, Texas. Her bold, color-saturated images of music artists include Ed Sheeran, J Balvin, Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes. She is a cofounder of Crowdsurfer Magazine.

Originally growing up on a farm in Auxvasse, Missouri, Deimeke picked up a camera to take to a concert at 12 years old and hasn't put it down since. Deimeke received a BA ('16) in Photography and Studio Art from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and an MA in Fashion Photography from London College of Fashion in London.

Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Ms. Deimeke: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 13

With a sideshow spotlight on animator Noah Ilbery, '18.

Noppadol Paothong

Noppadol Paothong

Noppadol Paothong

Noppadol Paothong is a nature/conservation photographer and an associate fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). The iLCP is an elite group of world’s top wildlife, nature and culture photographers around the globe. He is also a staff wildlife photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation and contributes his images and stories to its high quality publication, Missouri Conservationist, Xplor, and many others. For over 20 years, he has been documenting rare and endangered species, primarily grassland grouse and their fragile habitat, and has published two large-format national award-winning books, Save the Last Dance (2012) and Sage Grouse, Icon of the West (2017).

Join Us! Opening Celebration Friday: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4

With a sideshow spotlight on Nicole Miller-Struttmann's ShutterBee project.

Gallery walls with photos and large group of people looking and talking

Beginnings 2024 High School Exhibition

Gallery walls with photos and large group of people looking and talking

This exhibit showcases the artistry of high school student photographers. The choice of subject, creativity and composition shares the immense talent of these students and shines a spotlight on the imagination of these teens.

Interested in having your high school participate? Email us at

Submission Deadline: Nov. 5

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Matika Wilbur: Project 562

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For the past five years, Matika Wilbur, a visual storyteller from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples of coastal Washington, has been traveling and photographing Indian Country in pursuit of one goal: to change the way we see Native America.

Project 562 overcomes historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations and silenced Native American voices in mass media. Matika’s work aims to humanize the otherwise “vanishing race,” and shares stories that Native Americans would like told.

people examine colorful photograhs in a neutrally colored gallery

Architectural rendering of the Kooyumjian Gallery

West wing entrance to Sverdrup building

Kooyumjian Gallery

West wing entrance to Sverdrup building

School of Communications, Sverdrup Building Second Floor, West Wing
Campus Map (Building 27)

8300 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119
Street parking available or campus lots H and D
For immediate gallery entry, call Public Safety at 314-246-6911

Open daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Supported by the Missouri Arts Council

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The Missouri Arts Council supports the arts that strengthen the cultural, educational, and economic vitality of our state.

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