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Gallery hours:
Tuesdays, noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays –Fridays, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Also open one hour prior to Sheldon performances and during intermission.

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

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 6 from 5-7 p.m. The Galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.



Gallery Program: Project Creativity:
Art Journaling 101: Altered Books
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Art Journaling 101: Altered Books offers a taste of the beautiful world of mixed media and art journaling through the upcycling of discarded books. Fostering the expression of feeling and ideas through art has been instructor Caryn Patterson’s life work, both in and out of the classroom. Using both found and bought materials, artists will come away from Art Journaling 101 with the beginnings of an altered book and hopefully some inspiration to continue the project on their own. Register through Dabble.co.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists


Lying Heavy: New Work by Joe Chesla

October 6, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Joe Chesla uses the corrosive force of the elements to create imprints of raw steel plates on fine printmaking paper, which he further develops with “free drawing.” Chesla’s engagement with the paper and the chance effects of the process explore the interchange between nature and industrialization, as well as the cerebral and intuitive. Chesla’s work has been exhibited internationally in France, Japan, India, China and Taiwan and across the United States.

The exhibition is made possible by Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg and Barbara and Arthur McDonnell and Saint Louis Polonia, Inc., with support from the Regional Arts Commission.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 24 at 6 p.m.
Joe Chesla will discuss the work in the exhibition. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

Gallery of Music


The World of Spectacular Strings

October 6, 2017 - April 28, 2018

Drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibit features over 100 unique stringed instruments from around the world including Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia. Instruments from the United States include a rare double bass and violin made from matchsticks, a harpsichord owned by former St. Louis resident comedienne Phyllis Diller, a Gibson guitar signed by B.B. King, and a special edition KISS logo Gene Simmons “Axe” bass.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, December 12 at 6 p.m.
Exhibit curator Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger takes participants on a journey through the history of stringed instruments. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

Gallery of Photography


Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

October 6, 2017 - February 3, 2018

Documentary photographer and storyteller Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for almost 40 years. His work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture from six continents - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of a young Afghan girl, published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, so powerful. McCurry has received some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest and a Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Royal Photographic Society in London.

The exhibition is made possible by Capes Sokol, Karen and Lawrence Kotner, Northern Trust and Missy and Greg Hill.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture


Carl Safe: The Architecture of Buildings, Furniture and Photographs

October 6, 2017 - February 17, 2018

The career of Carl Safe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art at Washington University in St. Louis, is celebrated in this exhibit of furniture, architectural designs and photographs. Safe has been a member of the faculty there since 1970, where he has taught design studios and support courses. In addition to his status as Professor Emeritus, Safe is Principal at Carl Safe Design Consultants.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
Carl Safe talks about his career. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art


Invent a Musical Instrument – Selections from The Sheldon’s SOLID Program

October 6, 2017 - January 27, 2018

This exhibit features a selection of inventive musical instruments by students from area schools made during The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program in 2016 and 2017. A collaboration between The Sheldon, the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Archdiocesan Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and Boeing scientists, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program, funded by Boeing, takes students through a design and build process using found objects and recyclables.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Boeing.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery


Jill Evans Petzall: Still Lives with Stories

October 6, 2017 - January 20, 2018

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall’s innovative exhibit explores how Western biases are promoted across cultures through stereotypes in travel photography. Her photographs shot in Southeast Asia of strangely static human bodies become metaphorical “still lives.” Visitors can record their own stories with the artist on selected days. A selection of the recordings will become a lasting part of the artwork. This interactive exhibit asks us to discover what our snapshots reveal beyond ourselves and our “selfies.”

The exhibition is made possible by Joseph Evans, Mary and Steven Schoolman, Capes Sokol, Karen Kalish, Ira Bergman, Nancy Kalishman, Susan Block and Freida Smith, J. David and Lucy Levy, Nina Needleman, Susan Hacker Stang, Salomon Family Fund, Deborah Gilula, Kim Gladstone, Zora Hanko, Sally Levy and many others.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 10 at 6 p.m.
Jill Evans Petzall will talk about the concept and process of the exhibition. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

Wallace Herndon Smith Paintings

December 1, 2017 - February 10, 2018

Born in St. Louis in 1901, Wallace Herndon Smith was a traditional painter who absorbed the visual language of artists like Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. In the late 1930s, his work gained attention from important American artists like Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn and Peggy Bacon. He traveled extensively to Europe, Mexico and America’s East Coast, and had a summer residence and studio in Harbor Springs, Michigan, subjects which are found in several works in the exhibit. His works have been exhibited widely including in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and many other cities. The exhibition is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries and is drawn from the collection of the Bellwether Foundation.