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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, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. The Galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

Gallery of Photography
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture


Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place

March 3, 2017 - August 26, 2017

This multi-media exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large scale, color landscape photographs by Colten, as well as video and oral histories by Denise Ward-Brown, historical land documentation, historical narrative panels and an art installation by Dail Chambers, which together provide an overview of the history and issues surrounding this historically African-American cemetery. Washington Park Cemetery, located near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was established in 1920 as a burial ground for African-Americans at a time when rigid segregation was common practice. For nearly 70 years, it was the largest black cemetery in the region, and the final resting place for many prominent African-Americans, including Oscar Minor Waring, the first African-American principal of Sumner High School and Dr. Miles Davis, Sr., father of the great trumpeter. In the 1950s, the cemetery was split and parts paved over by Interstate 70, and again in the 1970s and 1990s disruption and erasure occurred; bodies were disinterred and moved when parts of this land was appropriated by Lambert Airport and Metrolink. This exhibition tells the story of the cemetery’s long and tragic history and reveals the complicated tangle of social injustice, racial politics and neglect that it has suffered. A fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue and a dedicated resource webpage hosted by Washington University Olin Library, Special Collections accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition is made possible by a Ferguson Academic Seed Fund Grant from Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Karen and Lawrence Kotner, Barbara and Arthur McDonnell, David Capes Photography LLC, Officer Funeral Home P.C. and James and Brenda Rivers. In-kind support is provided by the Special Collections, Olin Library Washington University in St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum.

Gallery Talk: Friday, April 7, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Featuring project artists Denise Ward-Brown, Jennifer Colten and Dail Chambers. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900.

Panel Discussion: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Missouri History Museum
Higher Ground: Honoring the Story of Washington Park Cemetery
Moderated by Gwen Moore, Missouri Historical Society Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity, and featuring Higher Ground project artists Jennifer Colten, Denise Ward-Brown and Dail Chambers; catalogue essayist Michael R. Allen, Director of the Preservation Research Office and Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art; and others, the panelists will illuminate the history of Washington Park Cemetery and discuss the process of honoring its history in an exhibit. Missouri History Museum’s Des Lee Auditorium, admission free. Information at mohistory.org or 314-746-4599.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art


Color Wheel Connections: Handmade Books about Human Beings

March 3, 2017 - September 9, 2017

Organized by artist Jenna Bauer, founder of the Colorbridge Arts Collective, designers of socially informed visual arts education curricula, this exhibit uses the artist’s color wheel as a metaphor to encourage children to contemplate our similarities and differences as human beings. In collaboration with their classroom teachers and Colorbridge art educators, students created thought-provoking stories based on this theme, and also learned a wide variety of studio art-based illustration tactics including drawing and collage techniques, color theory and bookbinding. This exhibit presents over 50 books written and illustrated by students from Word of Life School, St. Cecilia School, Kennard Classical Junior Academy and a group of homeschooled children.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Regions Bank

Student and teacher workshops available: Call Rebecca Gunter at 314-533-9900 x18 for information.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery


Circus Harmony: Defying Gravity and Other Limitations

March 3, 2017 - September 23, 2017

This exhibit presents a group of dynamic photographs by Ron Anderson, Jessica Hentoff, Susan Pittman and others that celebrate the work of St. Louis’s own social circus, Circus Harmony. The photographs, which include a 23-foot frieze of portraits of circus members by Anderson and Pittman, cover their work both at home and abroad. The non-profit Circus Harmony uses circus arts to motivate social change by inspiring individuals and connecting communities with their circus education and entertainment programs. The exhibition is made possible in part by Nina Needleman.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Nina Needleman

Performance: Friday, March 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Members of Circus Harmony will present a short performance at the opening reception, Kemper Atrium.