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.

Tuesdays, noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays - Fridays, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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 for an all-gallery opening reception, Friday, June 5 with complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres from 5-7 p.m. Galleries open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

Solomon Thurman: An Artistic Practice

June 5, 2015 - September 19, 2015

Encompassing over 40 years of work in painting, drawing, and sculpture, this exhibition presents an overview of the rich career of Solomon Thurman. Thurman focuses primarily on the American experience with an emphasis on the African Diaspora. Inspired by his own personal history and documented historical events, Thurman's narratives are told in vibrant colors and expressive brush strokes. The exhibition includes paintings from his tour-de-force Personal Migration series, as well as works from his Songs of the Field and recent Highway Landscapes series, among others.

Born in St. Louis, Solomon Thurman is an artist, researcher, and teacher. He received a liberal arts degree from Forest Park College in 1978, and graduated from Graphique Commercial Art Institute in 1980. Thurman has also won numerous public art commissions throughout St. Louis, including the Black Americans in Flight mural at Lambert Airport (co-designed with Spencer Taylor) and a work for the Black World History Museum. He is the owner of 10th Street Gallery in downtown St. Louis, and a community outreach instructor at the Saint Louis Art Museum. His work has been the focus of numerous one-person and group exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Brazil.

This exhibition is made possible by Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg.

Gallery of Music

A World of Music: Africa, Asia and Latin America ~ Instruments from the Hartenberger World Music Collection

February 6, 2015 - January 2, 2016

This exhibit celebrates the major donation to The Sheldon of over 2,500 historic and contemporary world musical instruments by Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger, which will be shown in ongoing exhibit rotations in the newly renamed Gallery of Music. Curated by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger, this exhibition explores the artistry of musical instrument and artifacts from four continents: Africa, Central and South America and Asia. Highlights include a Chimú whistling bottle from 1,000 CE, a Chinese Huxtar (bowed lute), and an Ethiopian "Krar" (wooden bowl lyre), among other amazing and exotic instruments. Aurelia Hartenberger, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Webster University and Maryville University. Dr. Hartenberger is a contributing author to the new Groves Dictionary of Musical Instruments and presently serves on the governing board of the national American Musical Instrument Society.

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Sheldon Classics Series celebrates the musical influences of Africa, Asia and Central and South America in three dynamic classical concerts at 8 p.m. on January 28 (Africa), February 25 (Asia) and April 8 (South America). A complimentary dessert reception follows each of the three concerts, giving you an opportunity to meet the artists. Tickets: $30 orchestra/$25 balcony and $15 student.

Tours for school groups are available before and after Sheldon educational concerts, as well as outside regular gallery hours. Call Rebecca Gunter at 314.533.9900 x18 to schedule a group tour, or to participate in a scheduled teacher workshop.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, July 14, 6-7 p.m., Aurelia Hartenberger speaks on the instruments of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Admission free but reservations required. Contact Susan Sheppard at or 314-533-9900 x37 to reserve your seat.

Online instrument catalog

Co-sponsored by Maurice and Edna Mae Graham

Gallery of Photography

Indelible: Historic African-American Photographs and Artifacts from the Collection of Robert E. Green

June 5, 2015 - August 15, 2015

Built over 20 years, the Robert E. Green collection of vernacular portraits of African-Americans stemmed from the collector's interest in countering the negative Jim Crow imagery often found in 19th century woodcuts and lithographs. The ambrotypes, tintypes and albumen prints in this exhibition, and in the collection, mostly photographed in portrait studios in St. Louis, represent elegantly attired African-American women and men in formal studio portraits, which are an indelible record of their culture in a border state in the mid- to late- 19th century. A collector with a discerning eye and a passion for history and culture, Green has also assembled a selection of fine African and other historical artifacts relating to his own background and history. Highlights include a rare carte-de-visite photograph of Frederick Douglass from the 1860s, originally in the family collection of lawyer and abolitionist, George B. Vashon. Also included in the exhibit are a beautiful Dogon ladder, Ibeji twin figures, examples of Green's own artwork and other treasures. A collector and artist, Robert E. Green is also the founder of the St. Louis African-American Artifacts Festival and Bazaar and the Frederick Douglass Museum of African American Vernacular Images in St. Louis.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture

An Uncertain Present: Small Town Architecture by Mark Appling Fisher

June 5, 2015 - August 29, 2015

Mark Appling Fisher explores the once vibrant towns found within a day's drive of St. Louis, "collecting" buildings and scenes in landscapes that have changed from commercial centers to lonely museums from another time. Born of necessity, these small towns catered to the farms that were built up around them. But, as economic depressions hit, superhighways bisected the landscape and shopping habits changed, small rural towns fell into disrepair. Fisher documents rural structures, transforming them, through photography, into iconic, almost sculptural objects that help to preserve memories of their former life.

Mark Appling Fisher grew up in East Central Missouri, received a bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1972, and earned a Master of Arts in photography from Lindenwood University in 1982. For 14 years, he was a public elementary and middle school music educator. Later, Fisher taught high-school video production and then college level courses in photography, where he focused on black and white film, alternative photographic processes and digital photography. Fisher has exhibited his work widely in the St. Louis area and beyond, and recently published a monograph on his small town work titled Turn Left at the Blinking Light.

Made possible in part by Capes Sokol Goodman and Sarachan PC

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art

Picture the Music: Director’s Choice V

June 5, 2015 - August 1, 2015

Each year, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra sponsors Picture the Music, an art contest open to children in grades K-6 from the St. Louis/Metro East area, who are asked to respond to classical music selections in visual terms. The children's colorful interpretations of music by composers as diverse as Mozart, Glinka and Tchaikovsky, speak eloquently of the ability of music to stir the soul and raise the spirit. In this collaboration between the Sheldon Art Galleries and the Saint Louis Symphony, Sheldon Art Galleries' director Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, who has been an invited Picture the Music contest juror since 2001, chose 50 works from over 500 entries received by the Symphony. This exhibition differs from the Symphony's touring exhibit of 100 works, which traveled to St. Louis-area malls immediately after the jurying process. Many of those chosen for The Sheldon's Director's Choice exhibit are exclusive to this exhibit. This year, students listened to the 4th movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, also known as The Pastoral Symphony. Finished in 1808, it is an expressive piece that was inspired by the rural landscape. The 4th movement depicts a violent thunder storm, which passes as the movement comes to an end.

The Saint Louis Symphony’s Picture the Music program is sponsored by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis.

The exhibition at the Sheldon Art Galleries is made possible in part by Peggy Walter Symes.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery

The 2014 Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition: Tate Foley, David Johnson and Mel Watkin

June 5, 2015 - August 1, 2015

Since 2008, the not-for-profit group Critical Mass for the Visual Arts has awarded artists and artist collaborations with funding, and an opportunity to exhibit their work through the Creative Stimulus Award Program. The intention of the award is to encourage artists to use the funds to pursue special projects, experiment with new techniques, or to gain better insight into their own working processes. Each spring, a new group of award winners is selected by a jury panel that is comprised of local artists and arts administrators, as well as former Creative Stimulus Award winners. The following year, the selected award winners are given the opportunity to show their work in a group exhibition that is hosted by a regional art gallery or organization. This year, the Sheldon Art Galleries is pleased to partner with Critical Mass for the Visual Arts to present the 2014 Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition featuring Tate Foley, David Johnson and Mel Watkin.

Gallery Talk and Reception:
Tuesday, June 16, 6-8 p.m.
Admission free, but reservations required. Call Susan Sheppard at 314.533.9900 x37 to reserve your seat.

Ann Lee and Wilfred Konneker Gallery

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."