Disappointing Ruling

A federal appeals court has dismissed Pulphus v. Ayers, the lawsuit challenging the removal of Untitled #1, a painting by St. Louis artist David Pulphus, from a U.S. Capitol high school student art exhibit. The unanimous decision did not address the First Amendment issues raised by the case. Instead, the ruling declared the appeal as moot.

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SmithBrianOur art students were introduced to some of the most important and basic tools for surviving in the art world, be it commercial or fine art. And our students have enjoyed the opportunity to learn something that is not often discussed in the classroom.


Brian D. Smith, professor, St. Charles Community College

GainesI find myself referring folks to the VLAA website quite often. And we in greater Missouri are glad to have a resource to reach out to when we have legal and accounting issues.

Michael Gaines, executive director, Hannibal Arts Council and Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies

MosleyMartyEvery seed planted needs water to grow. Thank you VLAA for watering Show Me Arts Academy with your expertise. Because of you, SMAA is growing daily.

Marty Casey Mosley, founder

I joined the VLAA board because I have enjoyed providing services to the St. Louis arts community as a volunteer for the organization for the past 10 years, and being a board member will allow me to become even more involved.

Jennifer Visintine, attorney

Having access to supportive organizations and resources like VLAA allows us to be and remain focused on bringing forth our creative vision to the world community.

David A.N. Jackson, artist

BuhlePaul Artspace is very happy to announce that it has been granted tax-exempt status! A big thank you to VLAA, Attorney Nichole Wren for her expertise and generous help in taking Paul Artspace through this process and, of course, the IRS.

Michael Behle, director, Paul Artspace

TurekVolunteering at the copyright clinic gives me the opportunity to address the questions and concerns of local artists who may not otherwise seek the advice of an attorney.


Morris Turek, attorney


I had an amazing experience working at VLAA. I was able to both further develop my legal skills and be involved in impacting my community.


Alexandria Williams, J.D. Candidate, Washington University School of Law


The in-person support with health insurance enrollment made the process feel less like searching for discount airfare. Thank you to VLAA and their partners for creating opportunities to simplify the process and to air out the questions.


Regina Martinez, organizer, Pink House neighborhood art space