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.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

Wallace Herndon Smith

February 6, 2015 - May 30, 2015

Born in St. Louis in 1901, Wallace Herndon Smith was a traditional painter who absorbed the visual language of artists like Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. Smith was fluent in many subjects including still-lifes, landscapes, interiors and portraits. In the late 1930s, his work gained attention from important American artists like Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn and Peggy Bacon. During these early years, his work was characterized by its affinity to American Regionalism and his portraits were highly finished, quiet examinations of his subjects. He traveled extensively to Europe, Mexico and America’s East Coast, and had a summer residence and studio in Harbor Springs, Michigan, subjects which are found in several works in the exhibit. Smith studied at Princeton University and the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His works have been exhibited widely including in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and many other cities. The exhibition is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries and is drawn from the collection of the Bellwether Foundation.

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.

Online instrument catalog

Co-sponsored by Maurice and Edna Mae Graham

Gallery of Photography

Mario Algaze: A Respect for Light

February 6, 2015 - May 9, 2015

Mario Algaze’s exquisite black and white photographs,taken in Central and South America between 1974 and 2011, are about light and the poetic narrative of life. His works, made in the classic tradition of black and white documentary photography, come out of a long Latin-American tradition with roots in the works of Martín Chambi and Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Algaze’s photographs are as much about the artist’s own search for the self as they are about the places and people that he photographs. They reveal inner states of mind and simultaneously tell stories about endurance, ancient traditions and their intersection with contemporary life. Born in Cuba in 1947, Algaze relocated with his family to Miami in 1960 just after the Cuban Revolution. His works are in many public, private and corporate collections including the Cleveland Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and his works have been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in London, Edinburgh, New York, San Diego, Miami and Buffalo.

Made possible in part by Capes Sokol Goodman and Sarachan PC

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture

Christner: 50 Years of Shaping the Built Environment in St. Louis

March 6, 2015 - May 2, 2015

A collaborative architecture firm, Christner has designed buildings for healthcare, schools, universities, centers of science and technology, and corporations, bringing innovation and insight to the practice of architecture and urban design. The firm recently celebrated their 50th anniversary and this exhibit chronicles their evolution from their modest roots in residential and healthcare architecture to major design commissions for mission-driven institutions and corporations. Ranging in size, context and function, the projects in the exhibit include the 1970 Fishmann Residence, the MetroLink station at Lambert Airport, the Jewel Box restoration, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion, among others. Christner’s architectural practice explores multi-faceted possibilities in order to produce transformative design solutions that shape the built environment, thereby elevating the human experience of space and place.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art

50 Years of Magic: Bob Kramer’s Marionnettes

March 6, 2015 - May 16, 2015

This exhibition showcases a selection of marionettes made by St. Louis puppeteer, Bob Kramer, who has been delighting children and adults with his hand made puppets and puppet shows for over 50 years at his theatre on Laclede Avenue in St. Louis. One of the longest running on-site puppetry theatres in the U.S., Bob Kramer's Marionnettes is known throughout the world. Kramer’s stories are wholesome, old-fashioned tales like Peter and the Wolf, Hansel and Gretel and Toyland. Founded in 1963, Kramer has designed and created in the most exacting detail more than 1,000 one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted marionettes and puppets, and is sought as a teacher of puppet-making and puppetry.

"Worlds on a String" - a FREE performance by Bob Kramer's Marionnettes, April 25 at 11 a.m.! SOLD OUT.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery

Dive into the Dream: Drawings by Bill Perry

March 6, 2015 - May 23, 2015

For the last two decades, Bill Perry has produced drawings that feature whimsical, dream-like scenarios rendered in pen and ink for an annual calendar that he publishes. Most of the original drawings for these calendars have never been seen by the public, except in reduced print form. A selection of original drawings from his calendar project, as well as drawings from his recent book, A Road Trip, a fold-out accordion book through which a child can drive toy cars, will be on view. Perry works mainly in ink, gouache and stoneware, though he has also worked in watercolor, acrylic and oils. His sculptures can be found in such diverse venues as art galleries, kindergarten playgrounds, bird sanctuaries and bike trails. Perry has been commissioned to produce work for Circus Flora, the Audubon Society and Great Rivers Greenway, among others. He has published calendars and books of poetry, and recently mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish A Road Trip. Perry teaches drawing, painting and sculpture at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School.

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."

Winged Victory

Ongoing Exhibit

The sculpture garden is located between the Sheldon Concert Hall and the adjoining Emerson Galleries building, and features an Italian marble fountain from the 1904 World’s Fair and a terra cotta lion’s head, created by the Winkle Terra Cotta Company for the former Buder Building, built in 1903.

In addition, Winged Victory, a six-foot terra cotta Roman Victory Figure, also from the Winkle Terra Cotta Company saved from the 1898 Title Guaranty building in St. Louis, greets visitors as they enter the street level entrance.

Shawn Burkard: Monoliths 3

Ongoing Exhibit

Developed from a multiple-element sculpture created earlier this year, St. Louis-based artist Shawn Burkard presents three monolithic painted steel structures that reveal the imaginary framework of the originating work. Installed in the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden, and in front of the Emerson Building, the works create a dialogue with neighboring contemporary architecture and The Sheldon's historic building.

Shawn Burkard has exhibited locally at the Bruno David Gallery, and serves as assistant in the sculpture studio of Frank Schwaiger.