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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.

The Sheldon Art Galleries will be closed through May 29.

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
Sun Smith-Forêt: Riverwork Project

Sun Smith-Forêt: Riverwork Project

February 14, 2020 - April 11, 2020

Riverwork Project is a monumental-scale panoramic textile artwork referencing human and water resources. Comprised of 300 feet of pliable sections of sewn, layered, hand-stenciled and painted cloth, the work encompasses both the wall and floor of the gallery space. Conceived by artist and teacher Sun Smith-Forêt, more than 100 artists from a diverse variety of ages, races, experiences and cultural backgrounds contributed to the design of this panorama, designed to include and reflect St. Louis' diverse population.

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

St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: Africa

February 14, 2020 - 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 features instruments from West Africa, Middle, South and Southeast Africa. A third gallery of instruments is added to the exhibit in January, featuring instruments from Horn of Africa, Northern Africa and Egypt.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, March 31 at 6 p.m.
Curator Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger will speak on the new instruments exhibit. 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
East Side Renaissance

East Side Renaissance

February 14, 2020 - April 11, 2020

Under the guidance of the well-known local artist and East St. Louis, IL native, Edna Patterson-Petty, students from the Christian Activity Center after-school program, in East St. Louis, produced multi-media artwork, repurposing found objects from around their city, and incorporating items they have collected in their travels, and fashioning them into the works in this exhibit. The works tell the story of a new generation of East St. Louisans, full of ideas, dreams, talent and hope.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Benjamin Pierce: Fairgrounds

Benjamin Pierce: Fairgrounds

February 14, 2020 - April 11, 2020

A self-described muralist, painter, designer and draftsman, Benjamin Pierce's drawings and paintings bring to life creatures and characters that he creates by mixing elements of daydreams with aspects of the divided world around him. As an artist, Pierce hopes to shine a light on prejudices and misconceptions, empowering the powerless, and serving as a voice of unity.

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."