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Current Exhibits

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.
Also open 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.

Join us Friday, February 14 from 5-7 p.m. for the public opening reception!

Gallery of Photography
Mississippi River Views

Mississippi River Views

February 14, 2020 - April 11, 2020

The exhibit features work by three photographers exploring the role the Mississippi River plays in our culture, history and environment, including Jennifer Colten's "American Bottom," Nashville photographer John Guider's "The River Inside," and the late John Hilgert's "Bottomland" projects. The exhibit is organized to coincide with the Missouri History Museum's Mighty Mississippi exhibition, running through April 18, 2021.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m.
Jennifer Colten and John Guider will speak about their work and projects. Admission free, reservations suggested but not required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
Wallace Herndon Smith: Portraits and Figurative Paintings

Wallace Herndon Smith: Portraits and Figurative Paintings

December 6, 2019 - January 25, 2020

St. Louis-born painter Wallace Herndon Smith traveled extensively in Europe and the United States, producing landscapes, still-lifes and portraits that have an affinity to the works of Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. The exhibition is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries and is drawn from the collection of the Bellwether Foundation and will feature Smith’s portraits and figurative paintings.

Gallery of Music
St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: Africa

St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: Africa

October 4, 2019 - April 11, 2020

The second in a series that celebrates St. Louis’ multicultural communities, this exhibit features rare and beautiful African instruments drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection. The product of a long aesthetic evolution, the rich tradition of African music is grounded in the function of preserving and passing on cultural histories. This exhibit will feature instruments from West Africa, Middle, South and Southeast Africa, and in January, instruments representing Northern Africa.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Dr. Aurelia and Jeffrey Hartenberger.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 12 at 6 p.m.
Exhibit curator Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger. Admission free, reservations suggested but not required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Principal Perspectives: The Work of Phil Durham

Principal Perspectives: The Work of Phil Durham

February 14, 2020 - April 11, 2020

This retrospective of work by St. Louis-based architect Phil Durham pays tribute to the important work by the award-winning designer, who passed away in September 2018. In addition to notable projects including Habitat for Humanity St. Louis, and Bethany Place, an AIDS social services organization and transitional housing facility in Belleville, Illinois, Durham was instrumental in the design of the café in Citygarden, providing invaluable insight during construction and early maintenance efforts; and helped develop plans for the 2019 “Love vs Money” installation on the cafe roof.

The exhibit is co-organized with Washington University Libraries. A companion exhibition will be on display at Washington University's John M. Olin Library from January 12 – July 6, 2020.

The exhibition is made possible by The Gateway Foundation.


Gallery Talk & Cocktail Hour: Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m.
Greg Cuddihee will speak on the life and work of Phil Durham. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., before 7 p.m. talk in The Sheldon's Ballroom. Admission free, reservations suggested but not 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

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

October 4, 2019 - January 25, 2020

A selection of inventive musical instruments by students from over 30 area schools are featured in this exhibition. Created during the 2018 and 2019 school years, the instruments represent the results of The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program, through which students use the Engineering Cycle to build instruments out of recycled materials. SOLID is a STEAM-based program, supported by the St. Louis Science Center.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery
Kristen Peterson - Visual Delights: Photographs and Altered Books

Kristen Peterson - Visual Delights: Photographs and Altered Books

October 4, 2019 - February 1, 2020

Incorporating Xerox transfers, gel, paint, various forms of photography, and ephemera such as tickets, ribbon, feathers, jewels, glitter and more, Kristen Peterson’s journals, altered books and photographs give the viewer an intimate look at her life experiences. Peterson’s photos have been published in Esquire, People, Time and Actual, and she has exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.

The exhibition is sponsored by Mr. Ryan C. Easley.

Gallery Talk: Saturday, January 18 at 11 a.m.
Artist Kristen Peterson will speak on her work in conjunction with the exhibition. Admission free, reservations suggested but not required. Contact Paula Lincoln at plincoln@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37.

Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery
Jim Dine Sculpture dedicated to the memory of Dr. Leigh Gerdine

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."