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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.
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 October 5 from 5-7 p.m. for the opening of six new exhibits, celebrating The Sheldon’s 20th Anniversary season! (Galleries open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center)

20th Anniversary Celebration!
ArtSounds: A World of Art
Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m.
Click here for more information!

Panel Discussion: “The History of Immigration in St. Louis”
Tuesday, November 27 at 6 p.m.

Admission free, but reservations suggested. Call Paula Lincoln at 314-533-9900 x 37 or email plincoln@TheSheldon.org to reserve your seat.

Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the International Institute, will lead a discussion about St. Louis’ evolving immigrant landscape and immigrants will share their stories. In 1850, St. Louis was the eighth largest U.S. city, with a population that was 50% foreign-born. German and Irish immigrants were among the largest communities. Today, the St. Louis region is 21st in size and the foreign-born population is less than 5%. The city’s immigrant communities now boast hundreds of ethnicities and countries represented, with Mexican, Chinese and Bosnian groups among the largest. This discussion will explore how our changing immigrant representation has led to a rich tapestry of arts and culture in St. Louis.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
Re/Constructing Identity: Zlatko Ćosić, José Guadalupe Garza and Miriam Ruiz, Priya Kambli, and Rachel Youn

Re/Constructing Identity: Zlatko Ćosić, José Guadalupe Garza and Miriam Ruiz, Priya Kambli, and Rachel Youn

Re/Constructing Identity: Zlatko Ćosić, José Guadalupe Garza and Miriam Ruiz, Priya Kambli, and Rachel Youn

Re/Constructing Identity: Zlatko Ćosić, José Guadalupe Garza and Miriam Ruiz, Priya Kambli, and Rachel Youn

October 5, 2018 - January 26, 2019

Zlatko Ćosić (Yugoslavian), José Guadalupe Garza and Miriam Ruiz (Mexican-American), Priya Kambli (Indian) and Rachel Youn (Korean-American) investigate their cultural roots and complex experiences around issues of immigration and identity. Using photography, video and sculpture, they tell stories of exploration, loss, exile, fragmentation and reconstruction.

The exhibition is made possible by John and Alison Ferring.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m.
Zlatko Ćosić, José Guadalupe Garza, Miriam Ruiz, Priya Kambli and Rachel Youn will speak about their work and experiences. Admission free. Reservations suggested. Contact Paula Lincoln at 314-533-9900 x37 or plincoln@TheSheldon.org.

Gallery of Music
St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: The Balkans, India and Mexico

St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: The Balkans, India and Mexico

October 5, 2018 - April 13, 2019

The first in a series that celebrates St. Louis’ immigrant communities, this exhibit features rare and beautiful instruments drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection from India, Mexico and the Balkan region. Highlights include a 3,000-year-old Olmec whistle and an ornate “Bajo Quinto” from Mexico, a 19th-century Croatian “Berda” tamburitza, an ancient Greek terra cotta “siren” whistle and a 12th-century Hindu “Vamavarta” conch from India. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
Curator Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger speaks on the exhibition. Admission free. Reservations suggested. Contact Paula Lincoln at 314-533-9900 x37 or plincoln@TheSheldon.org.

Gallery of Photography
The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers

October 5, 2018 - January 12, 2019

Organized by the Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, the exhibit focuses on the immigrant experience as told through the photographs of major icons from the history of photography such as Lewis Hine, Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Bourke White, Dorothea Lange and Tseng Kwong Chi, that depict the hardship and sacrifice, pride and achievement of immigrants around the world.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Capes Sokol, Karen and Dr. Lawrence Kotner, and Barbara and Arthur McDonnell.

The exhibit and educational programming are made possible in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director of the Sheldon Art Galleries, will speak on selected works in the exhibit. Admission free. Reservations suggested. Contact Paula Lincoln at 314-533-9900 x37 or plincoln@TheSheldon.org.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Growing Up: International Vertical Gardens

Growing Up: International Vertical Gardens

October 5, 2018 - January 19, 2019

International vertical gardens are featured in this exhibit of photographs, models, plans and material samples from projects by international master designers and architecture firms Ateliers Jean Nouvel (France), Biotecture (United Kingdom), Patrick Blanc (France), Stefano Boeri Architetti (Italy), Emilo Llobat (Spain), Growing Green, Inc. (United States), Kengo Kuma Associates (Japan), Sage Green Life (United States) and others. The exhibit also highlights a key feature of The Sheldon’s new Steward Family Plaza that includes a vertical garden designed by Benjamin Gilmartin, architect, in collaboration with Andrew Colopy of Cobalt Office, Michael Ludvik Engineers, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, DLANDstudio, KPFF, Civil Design, Horner & Shifrin and Powers Bowersox Associates, Architects of Record, opening in the Summer of 2019.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Growing Green, Inc.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
St. Louis Through the Lens of a Child: Photographs by Students of Forsyth School

St. Louis Through the Lens of a Child: Photographs by Students of Forsyth School

October 5, 2018 - February 2, 2019

Through photography, students of Forsyth School in Clayton investigated St. Louis’ neighborhoods to discover the rich and vital contributions of its immigrant communities. In the classroom, students studied and explored the idea of what it means to be a community and what makes a community thrive and be successful.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Martin Brief: A Brief History of Time

Martin Brief: A Brief History of Time

October 5, 2018 - January 5, 2019

This exhibition of drawings by the time and process-based artist Martin Brief shows works from three series - A Brief History of Time, ArtForum and Dictionary. Born and raised in Chicago, Martin Brief is an artist whose recent work - long-term, absurd, drawing based tasks - interrogates aspects of our complex social and political fabric. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including in New York, Paris, Zurich, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and St. Louis.

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."

Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery
Sanza Soul: Certified by Pelekara

Sanza Soul: Certified by Pelekara

October 5, 2018 - January 26, 2019

Severin Pelekara was raised in Cameroon and was born in the Central African Republic. He is a recent immigrant and is hoping to build a life here in the United States. Sanza (pronunced san-ja) is a patterned cloth used in Central African Republic where Pelekara was born. The patterns shown in this exhibition are his soul narrating memories and expressions of events, people and stories from his childhood. They are representative of the traditions, heritage and the African culture that influenced Pelekara’s life and are a way to tell the story visually with many symbols, showing the experiences that have shaped who he has become and who he will grow to be.

All of the patterns exhibited will soon be printed digitally onto fabric and used to create African inspired clothing and to decorate household goods. Pelekara’s goal is to create 100 designs to continue to tell the stories of his life, the past and stories that he will have to tell in the future.

Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden
Watershed Cairns: Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan

Watershed Cairns: Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan

June 1, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Sculptor Libby Reuter and collaborator, photographer Joshua Rowan, temporarily place site-specific cairns in the landscape to mark watersheds around the area. The exhibition features seven cairns in the sculpture garden and photographs by Rowan on a video monitor alongside the installation.