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.
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.