Recent graduates of Washington University, Nicholas Curry and Tucker Pierce started Westminster Press in September of 2015. Originally starting as a press, the space has grown into an art gallery, a store for handmade goods, and a center for marginalized artists in the St. Louis area. They had the idea three years ago, and began organizing the business in the Hatchery, one of the Olin Business School’s entrepreneurship programs.
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Nicholas Curry (left) and Tucker Pierce (right)
After graduating in 2015, Curry and Pierce opened Westminster Press, making prints that focused on the queer experience and St. Louis landmarks. The idea evolved as they began to think more about the community they could create around the space.
They began to feature people doing similar work, bringing it in under a unified brand. Now they have the press, art gallery, and consignment storefront housed within Westminster Press.
The exhibition featured in these photos is from Bodies on Display. The artists featured are Anya Liao, Lola Ogbara, Kat Reynolds, and Krista Valdez. The gallery changes exhibitions every 6-8 weeks. Afterward, Curry and Pierce decide on a new theme they want to explore.
Curry and Pierce are excited start hosting workshops. They also are excited to have Westminster Press Roadside up – an art display looking out to the street and engaging the community and passerby.
On staying in St. Louis: “It’s a mixture of passion and logistics. It’s a city that I care a lot about and that’s doing really important work, both for the country as a whole and just within the city. I really wanted to stay and give back to that. Logistically, it’s rare to find a metropolitan area with people who are interested in art and be able to have a place this size. It takes a lot of pressure off of the startup and let’s you focus on what you want to do and how you want to do it, rather than having to focus on staying afloat.”
On the art scene in St. Louis: “Thriving. Huge but manageable. In general, it’s a culture that’s becoming increasingly interested in the arts.”
Visit them at 3156 Cherokee or their website: westminsterpress.org
Photos by Jerry Naunheim Jr./WUSTL Photos
To read more about Westminster Press, visit their website or visit the gallery located at 3156 Cherokee.