Vice Provost Davis Named President of Saint Louis Art Museum Board of Trustees

Adrienne Davis, the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and vice provost at Washington University, has been named the president of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Board of Trustees.

In addition to being an accomplished scholar renowned for her work in the realms of gender and race relations, Davis has a passion for art rivaling her love of academics. In a recent interview with the St. Louis Beacon, Davis discussed how she began her collection while pursuing her law degree at Yale University. Since then, her collection has blossomed into a sizable gallery that now covers the many walls and spaces of Davis’ 2,100-square-foot St. Louis home.

Her collection ranges from photography, to traditional paint on canvas, to sculptures and everything in between. Her art in many ways reflects her life and philosophies as she has lived, grown, and developed her interests and passions. “My thinking has become more capacious, more interrogatory, and more complex,” Davis says in her interview. “Even the tones that I’m drawn to have become more muted.”

As Davis’ love and appreciation for art grows with her scholarly accomplishments, it is certain the Art Museum will benefit from her refined eye and strong work ethic. A chaired faculty member at the law school and a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Davis directs the Black Sexual Economies Project at the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work & Social Capital. She also founded and co-directs the Law, Identity, & Culture Initiative.

In addition to her research and teaching, she is past chair of the Law and Humanities Section of the Association of American Law Schools and served on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals. In the St. Louis community, she also serves on the Laumeier Sculpture Park board.