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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.

EXTENDED HOURS BEGINNING JUNE 1
Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 8 p.m. (last tee time: 7 p.m.)
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tee time: 2 p.m.)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tee time: 3 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.

"Golf the Galleries" will be closed on the following dates for private events:
Friday, June 15 starting at 5 p.m.
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24
Wednesday, July 4


"Golf The Galleries" Preview:

Gallery of Photography
Gallery of Music
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Golf the Galleries - Artist-Designed Mini Golf

Golf the Galleries - Artist-Designed Mini Golf

June 1, 2018 - August 12, 2018

All Five 2nd Floor Galleries

Tee off at the Sheldon Art Galleries this summer at “Golf the Galleries,” a playable, artist-designed, nine-hole mini golf installation! The family-friendly, accessible course will combine visual arts with the fun of mini golf to create a truly unique experience.

Sponsored by:



Hole 1:
"Warped Tour”
By Andy VanMater, Cannon Design


This design requires just the right angle to get onto a complex, warped surface and over the hump on the right side. Succeed and chances are good for a hole in one, but if the ball goes down the wrong side, players have a long way to go!

Maker/Sponsor: Cannon Design
Hole 2:
“Distortion”
By Arcturis


Angles, materiality, lighting and mirrors create optic distortions in this unique architectural hole. Stray one way and players must cross a “carpet rough,” stray the other way and navigate tricky slopes.

Maker/Sponsor: Arcturis
Hole 3:
“Mate in Four”
By the World Chess Hall of Fame


This challenge is presented by the chess pieces that make up the “Mate in Four” problem. Players tee off on one side of the board and maneuver the ball around the pieces to get to the hole on the opposite side.

Maker/Sponsor: The World Chess Hall of Fame
Hole 4:
“Alice”
By Natalie Pinson


Players will find themselves in the magical world of Alice’s Wonderland as they encounter a fabric-covered tree, a mushroom lair, the disappearing Cheshire Cat and a table set for a crazy tea party celebrating the Sheldon Art Galleries’ 20th “Un”anniversary.

Sponsored by Mary Ann and Richard Shaw
Hole 5:
“Over the Moonbow”
By Gray for Scale (Ashley Kaempf and Chris Goodin)


This rainbow-shaped hole is lit with blacklight and surrounded by colorful day-glo wall art set under a starry night sky. The color channel in which the ball lands will determine where on the green and how close to the hole it ends up.

Sponsored by Mary Ann and Andrew Srenco
Hole 6:
“Serengeti Park”
By Justin King


Players enter the immersive environment of a city park inhabited by animals behaving like humans, all made from cardboard, including an elephant reading a book and a fox feeding pigeons, both of which serve as obstacles. The gallery’s center pillar becomes a tree where players can take a selfie with a chimpanzee sipping a soda on a park bench.

Sponsored by Kennelwood Pet Resorts
Hole 7:
“The Gateway Green – A Hole-in-One for STL”
By Switch


Golfers will tower over downtown St. Louis, beginning at Kiener Plaza, on this hole featuring the Old Courthouse and the newly reopened Gateway Arch grounds and Museum. With success, players’ balls end up in the Mississippi River.

Maker/Sponsor: Switch
Hole 8:
“Anthropocentric Landscape”
By B.J. Vogt


This volcano-themed hole is a metaphor for how humans affect their atmosphere and environment through their actions. Players able to navigate their ball into the hole will be rewarded with an eruption of packing peanuts!

Sponsored by Dynamic Arts, LLC
Hole 9:
“Swimming with the Houska Fishes”
By Charles Houska


Players must manueuver through a series of whimsical Houska-signature obstacles, in the form of fish and flowers, to feed their ball to the colorful puppy waiting hungrily at the end.

Sponsored by Ted Wight


"Golf the Galleries" will be closed on the following dates for private events:
Friday, June 15 starting at 5 p.m.
Friday, June 22
Saturday, June 23
Sunday, June 24

"Golf the Galleries" Theme Nights
Join us for these special nights from 5-8 p.m. featuring music, snacks, themed-drink specials and more! Come in costume on costume theme nights and receive the member discount on your regularly priced ticket!

Thursday, June 14 - Super Heroes*
Thursday, June 28 - Pride Night
Thursday, July 5 - America’s Birthday Party
Thursday, July 26 - ‘80s Night*
Thursday, August 9 - Harry Potter*

*costume night

Extended Golf the Galleries Hours:
Tuesday through Friday, 12 to 8 p.m. (last tee time: 7 p.m.)
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (last tee time: 2 p.m.)
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last tee time: 3 p.m.)

Fees to play the course are:
$10 adults / $6 children 12 and under
Sheldon Members, and U.S. Bank cardmembers paying with their credit card: $8 adult / $4 child.

Viewing the exhibit is free.

Discounts for groups of 20 or more! Call Paula at 314-533-9900 ext. 37 or email plincoln@thesheldon.org.

(U.S. Bank cardmembers are limited to four discounted tickets per card).
Tickets are available in person at The Sheldon Gift Shop during Golf the Galleries hours.

Also on View:
Mini Golf: Photographs by Simon Martin
A photographic document of miniature and adventure golf sites that are played competitively in the United Kingdom.

Gallery of Photography
Gallery of Music
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Mini Golf: Photographs by Simon Martin

Mini Golf: Photographs by Simon Martin

June 1, 2018 - August 12, 2018

A selection of photographs of miniature and adventure golf sites in the U.K. by British photographer Simon Martin.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Gallery of Music
Gallery of Photography

Mini-Mini Golf Holes by Students of The Wilson School in Clayton

June 1, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Featured are a selection of shoe box-sized mini golf holes by 5th grade math students from The Wilson School.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Critical Mass: Creative Stimulus Award 2018

Critical Mass: Creative Stimulus Award 2018

June 1, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Work by the 2018 winners of the Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award, including Kahlil Robert Irving, Adrienne Outlaw and Sage Dawson, is featured in this exhibit curated by past Creative Stimulus Award-winner Mel Watkin. Creative Stimulus awards unrestricted funding to support artists to pursue special projects, experiment with new techniques and deepen their understanding of their working processes.

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."

Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden
Winged Victory

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.

Lucy and Stanley Lopata Sculpture Garden
Watershed Cairns: Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan

Watershed Cairns: Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan

June 1, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Sculptor Libby Reuter and collaborator, photographer Joshua Rowan, temporarily place site-specific cairns in the landscape to mark watersheds around the area. The exhibition features seven cairns in the sculpture garden and photographs by Rowan on a video monitor alongside the installation.