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The Sheldon Art Galleries, located in the Emerson Galleries building, features rotating exhibits in six galleries, including photography, architecture, St. Louis artists and collections, jazz history and children's art. Artwork is also featured in The Sheldon's sculpture garden, visible from both the atrium lobby and the connecting glass bridge.

GALLERY HOURS
Tuesdays, noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays - Fridays, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission.

Closed July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Please join us for an All-Gallery opening reception on Friday, October 7 from 5-7 p.m. The Galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

Additional Program: Family Day Block Party
Saturday, October 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists


Outside/In: Paint for Peace

October 7, 2016 - November 26, 2016

Organized by COCA St. Louis and curated by Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris, Director of the Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity Program at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), this exhibition is comprised of a selection of five large-scale murals made by professional and amateur artists, young and old, in the days and weeks following the 2014 protests in Ferguson and in South St. Louis. Made on plywood and found wood used to board up or protect area businesses, many of these paintings were salvaged by Carol Swartout Klein, author of the children’s book: Painting for Peace in Ferguson and the staff of COCA. Additional venues exhibiting murals include COCA’s Millstone Gallery, Gallery 210 at UMSL, the Ferguson Youth Initiative, Vaughn Cultural Center and Missouri History Museum.

Presenting sponsor for all venues is Regions Bank.

The exhibition at the Sheldon Art Galleries is made possible by Ward & Carol Klein

Related Program: Poetry for Peace, Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 6 – 7 pm.
The event, hosted by poet and lawyer Cheryl Walker, features poetry by Floyd Boykin Jr., Treasure Shields Redmond and Cheeraz Gormon, and music by Dwayne Bosman, and speaks to and is inspired by the issues surrounding the Ferguson protests. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314.533.9900 x37.

Gallery of Music




Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time

June 10, 2016 - August 12, 2017

Curated by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger and drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibition explores the evolutionary process and development of horns across continents and through time. Highlights include a 1,000-year old Moche clay trumpet from Peru, a ceremonial Narsiga from Nepal, a rare American Civil War Schreiber over-the-shoulder teardrop horn and a rare 8-foot tall Recording Bass. Contemporary horns played by famous jazz musicians Clark Terry, Oliver Lake and Artie Shaw, and a fantastical 12-foot long bicycle-powered “Pedalphone” designed by St. Louisan John E. Maier, are also featured.

Hartenberger World Music Collection

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger presents “An Inside Look at the World of Horns.” Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314.533.9900 x37

The exhibition is made possible by Novus International

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Gallery of Photography


The Landscape Architecture of Dan Kiley

September 9, 2016 - December 30, 2016

Organized and traveled by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, this exhibit of 43 photographs features 27 of Kiley’s most significant landscape design projects, including the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds in St. Louis; gardens at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Ford Foundation Atrium in New York City; and the plaza and gardens of La Defense, Dalle Centrale, Paris, France; among many others. Dan Kiley (1912-2004) is considered one of the most influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century and worked with important architects like Eero Saarinen, and I.M. Pei and others.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Joan and Mitchell Markow and Christner, Inc.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6– 7 pm.
Ron Henderson, Chair, Department of Landscape Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology will speak on the legacy of Dan Kiley. A representative from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, New York, the landscape architects of CityArchRiver, will also be in attendance to speak on their plans for the Arch grounds. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314.533.9900.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art


This I Believe: Work by Whitfield School Art Students

October 7, 2016 - January 21, 2017

Works in this exhibit draw inspiration from the This I Believe project that began over 50 years ago as part of the Edward R. Murrow radio program and is continued today by the international, non-profit organization of the same name. Whitfield School art students used this platform to explore and articulate their personal beliefs to create a group of thoughtful, self-reflective works of art in a variety of mediums, including photography, drawing, and ceramics.

The exhibition is made possible by Missy and Greg Hill.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery


Radar home, 11.8.13 – New Work by Amy Reidel

October 7, 2016 - January 14, 2017

For the past 10 years, Amy Reidel has worked with weather radar imagery, specifically of storms over St. Louis as a metaphor to signify emotional and physical conditions. She combines weather radar, color MRI’s, and portraits of her family with colorful media and glitter to merge ideas of impending danger with beauty, love and joy. A native of St. Louis, Amy Reidel received her B.F.A in studio art from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.F.A from the University of Tennessee. Reidel is also the co-founder and creative editor of All the Art: The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis.

The exhibition is made possible by Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg.

Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery


Jim Dine Sculpture dedicated to the memory of Dr. Leigh Gerdine

Ongoing Exhibit

The Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery at the Sheldon Art Galleries is the site for the Jim Dine sculpture, The Heart Called Orchid, 2003. The sculpture is dedicated to the life and accomplishments of Dr. Leigh Gerdine, a founding trustee of the Sheldon Arts Foundation who devoted himself to the saving and renovation of the historic Sheldon Concert Hall and the creation of the Sheldon Art Galleries.

A beautiful bronze work on long-term loan from the Gateway Foundation St. Louis, the sculpture is a glowing golden heart that balances on its point on a trompe d'oeil "wooden" pallet, which on further examination is seen also to be made of bronze. A recurring theme in Dine's work since 1966, the heart emerges in prints, drawings, paintings and sculptures.

Jim Dine was born in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio and rose to prominence in the 1960s with his performance and assemblage works. From the 1960s, Dine also began to incorporate representations of simple everyday objects into his works. His object-based imagery seen in paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures include tools, men's suits, bathrobes, hearts, and household objects among others and are metaphors for childhood memories, personal psychological states and self-portraits. Like Dine's suit and bathrobe images make reference to the artist's body and persona, his hearts contain layered metaphors about the body, sensuality, love, and as the artist describes them, he sees the heart as "the agent and the organ of my emotions."

Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery


Route 66: A 90th Anniversary Celebration

October 7, 2016 - January 21, 2017

This mini-exhibition of photographs by Mark Appling Fisher, Quinta Scott and Susan Hacker Stang is organized in celebration of the Mother Road’s 90th anniversary.