Dean Peter Sargent Honored by Webster Groves Arts Commission

Sep. 23, 2014

Dean Peter Sargent Honored by Webster Groves Arts Commission

ST. LOUIS (Sept. 23, 2014) - Peter Sargent, dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, will be honored by the Webster Groves Arts Commission with a Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced this month. The award will be presented to Sargent on Oct. 10 at City Hall.

Earlier this year the Missouri Arts Council and the State of Missouri presented Sargent with the Missouri Arts Award. That award is given annually to recognize people, organizations and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state.

“I am humbled to be recognized by the Webster Groves Arts Commission,” Sargent said upon learning of the award. “I have spent most of my career living and working in this community and know that this is a community filled with art lovers and artists. So to be selected for the lifetime achievement award from among so many talented folks is quite an honor.”

Sargent originally moved to the area in 1966 after being hired as the first lighting and production manager for the then-newly opened Loretto-Hilton Center and on the faculty of the Department of Theatre. He became chair of the department in 1969 and has served as dean of the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts since 1995. Sargent also heads the Lighting Design and Stage Management Programs for the Conservatory of Theatre Arts.

During his years, he has been active in community arts and has served 48 years with

the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, working as a lighting designer on numerous productions, including “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” “Anything Goes,” “Noises Off,” “Mousetrap” and “Sweeney Todd.” Other organizations he has worked with or served on include the College Theatre Council of Greater St. Louis, INSIGHT THEATRE COMPANY, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, Dance St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and the Arts and Education Council. 

Sargent is a member of the College of Fellows of American Theatre, The National Theatre and the Educational Theatre Association's Hall of Fame. He has served on the Musical Theatre/Theatre Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts and is a recipient of a Special Citation for Education from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology.

He holds a Bachelor in Fine arts from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and a Masters of Fine Arts from Yale University.