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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 Friday, October 4 from 5-7 p.m. for the opening of five new exhibitions! Galleries will be open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

Gallery of Photography
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

October 4, 2019 - December 28, 2019

Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory is co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis. Internationally recognized for her experimental approaches to art-making that combine craft with alternative photographic processes, Bea Nettles explores the narrative potential of photography. Often incorporating autobiographical and metaphorical elements, Nettles’s imagery references key stages of a woman’s life. Her work examines place, nature, dreams, mythology, and the passage of time. The first exhibition to survey Nettles’s fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory provides a comprehensive look at the work of an artist who profoundly illuminates our inner worlds.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Published by the George Eastman Museum and the University of Texas Press, the 200+ page book includes essays by Jamie M. Allen, Associate Curator, George Eastman Museum; Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, former Director of the Sheldon Art Galleries; and Amy L. Powell, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Krannert Museum.

The exhibition is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Humanities Council, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur McDonnell, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scavotto.

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Bea Nettles will speak on her life and work. 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
It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence

It's Not You, It's Me: A Declaration of Independence

October 4, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Organized in conjunction with the citywide Innovations in Textiles 2019, the exhibition showcases contemporary works in fashion, photography and performance art by local and regional artists who investigate the narrative possibilities within fashion idioms and fiber art as they intersect with issues of identity and power. Curated by fashion designer Michael Drummond, the exhibit will feature the work of Yasi Fayal, Nina Ganci, Nasheli Juliana, Larry Krone, Qun Yiyao Liu, Yvonne Osei Oppong-Bio, Kat Reynolds, Chloë Simmons and others.

The exhibition is sponsored by Ms. Susan Barrett and Mr. Chris Poehler.

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 and Dr. Jackie Lewis Harris, Director of the Connecting Human Origin and Cultural Diversity program at University of Missouri-St. Louis. 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.

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
Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg 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.