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 opening reception on Friday, October 2 from 5-7 p.m.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

Larry Krone: The Best, Best Everything

October 2, 2015 - January 9, 2016

The Sheldon Art Galleries presents the first major exhibition of works by multi-media artist Larry Krone in St. Louis since 2006. Based in New York, the St. Louis-born artist has made a name for himself nationally with his unique works that use found textiles, craft materials and graphics to challenge the notion of the artist as a privileged individual, separate and above the general society. His incorporation of finished needlepoints found in thrift stores, along with other ready-made textiles, mingles the artist's voice with that of unknown craftspeople. With conceptualism at the core of his practice, Krone uses these elements alongside obsessive handwork, layering songwriting, performance, graphic design, fashion and costume design together with traditional art object-making to explore and express his ideas about masculine identity, showmanship, beauty, sentimentality and love, individualism and its antithesis – collaboration. Krone has exhibited work at galleries and museums across the country, including at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris Branch, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. He has designed costumes for Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, Adrienne Truscott and Kathleen Hanna and his artist's book, Look Book, featuring photographs by designer Todd Oldham, will debut in the Fall of 2015.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Barrett Barrera Projects, St. Louis and is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries in collaboration with Innovations in Textiles 10, a regional collaborative event celebrating fiber art. More information on Innovations in Textiles 10 at

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m. Larry Krone will speak on his work. The gallery talk is free and open to the public. For reservations call 314-533-9900 x18 or email

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

Our People, Our Land, Our Images

September 4, 2015 - November 21, 2015

Twenty-six indigenous artists from North America, Peru, Iraq and New Zealand are featured in this distinctive exhibition, which includes newly discovered nineteenth-century trailblazers, members of the next generation of emerging photographers, and well-established contemporary artists. The 51 works tell their stories through differing photographic approaches, ranging from those using a documentary style to altered images that combine overlays and collage. The images stand united, however, in exploring their creators' connections to their land, community and traditions. Included in the exhibit are works by Cherokee artist Jennie Ross Cobb, the earliest known female Native American photographer. The exhibition is curated by Veronica Passalacqua, curator at the N.C. Gorman Museum, Davis, California and traveled by ExhibitsUSA.

The exhibition is made possible by Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg.

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11 a.m. Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Director, the C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California-Davis, will speak on the exhibition and her own personal work, included in the exhibition. Admission free, but reservations are required. For reservations, call 314-533-9900 x18 or email

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture

Walking Grand Center

October 2, 2015 - November 21, 2015

Plans behind future Grand Center district projects are included in this exhibition, including the Great Streets project by Christner and Hoerrshaudt Lansdcape Architects, The Sheldon Plaza and the Public Media Commons between The Nine Network for Public Media (Channel 9) and St. Louis Public Radio, designed by Benjamin Gilmartin and his team, and "ArtWalk" by AxiOme Design. The exhibition will include drawings, plans, photographs and a large model of Grand Center designed by AxiOme.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art

Invent a Musical Instrument – Selections from the Sheldon's SOLID Program

October 2, 2015 - January 30, 2016

A collaboration between The Sheldon, the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Archdiocesan Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and Boeing scientists, this exhibit features a selection of highly inventive musical instruments constructed by students at area schools during The Sheldon SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) in-school program in 2015, funded by Boeing. Participating students invented their own musical instrument using the creativity of the arts, combined with the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Boeing.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery

Julie Malone: Luminous

October 2, 2015 - January 23, 2016

Using the natural world as inspiration, Julie Malone creates colorful abstract compositions that exude energy, color and light. Painting on panels which she builds herself, Malone studies the optical effects of color. She "builds" her works by creating mesmerizing relationships of form and color from the structured application of paint, which she lays down in succinct overlapping planes and drips, and punctuates with surface "carving" and scratch drawing.

Malone holds a BFA in Studio Art from Central Missouri State University and is owner of SOHA Studio and Gallery in South St. Louis.

The Sheldon Art Galleries at Lambert Airport

Wonderful Winds: Musical Instruments from The Sheldon's Hartenberger World Music Collection

August 20, 2015 - December 13, 2015

In six display cases at the Lambert Gallery at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the Sheldon Art Galleries highlights a selection of beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America and Central and North America, which were a part of the major donation of over 2,500 historic and contemporary world musical instruments to the Sheldon Art Galleries in 2014 by Dr. Aurelia and Jeff Hartenberger and their family members. The Lambert Gallery is located in Terminal 1 Baggage Claim at the Concourse C Exit. Paid parking is available in the Terminal 1 Garage.

Opening reception on August 20 from 5-7 p.m., featuring music by Samba Bom.

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."