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.

The Sheldon Art Galleries announces the Fall 2014 exhibition schedule, featuring an all-gallery opening reception on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 5 – 7 p.m. Galleries open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

Barbara Holtz, Nana, oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Barbara Holtz: Retrospective

October 3, 2014 - January 17, 2015

Barbara Holz’s expressive use of line and color, often with collaged elements, illuminate very personal narratives about family and her own inner world. A graduate of the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri in 1946, Holtz also studied at the New School of Social Research in New York from 1948-1949. She worked in New York as an advertising copywriter and a television production assistant. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924, Holtz studied painting at Washington University in the early 1960s. A multiple award winner for her work, she has been included in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In December 2014, Barbara Holtz will celebrate her 90th birthday.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Barbara and Arthur McDonnell.

Gallery Talk and 90th Birthday Celebration: Saturday, December 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Barbara Holtz will speak on her work, Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists. Admission free, but reservations required. Call Susan Sheppard at 314.533.9900 x37 or email to reserve your seat.

Gallery of Music

Marty Stuart, Final Portrait of Johnny Cash, September 8, 2003, gelatin silver print, 24 x 20 inches,Collection of the Tennessee State Museum, © Marty Stuart.

Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music

October 3, 2014 - January 3, 2015

This exhibition features rare memorabilia once owned by some of the legends of country music, including Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Porter Wagoner from the collection of country music star, Marty Stuart. The exhibition is augmented by a large selection of Stuart’s own photographs of country music stars, among them Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, which are a photographic love letter to the founders of country music. Stuart is a leading collector of roots music memorabilia and a photographer of roots founders. His work is the focus of several monographs, including Pilgrims: Sinners, Saints, and Prophets (1999) and Country Music: The Masters (2008). As a musician, Stuart has performed and recorded with music legends including Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, and is destined to join their ranks as one of country music’s most influential stars. He and His Fabulous Superlatives will perform in concert on the night of the exhibit opening on October 3, 2014.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Karen and Lawrence Kotner.

Related Concert: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives
October 3, 2014, 8 p.m.
Grammy-winning music icon Marty Stuart returns to The Sheldon performing music inspired by his Mississippi Delta upbringing and deep country roots. $40 orchestra/$35 balcony. Click here for tickets.

Gallery Talk: Friday, October 3, 6 – 6:30 p.m.
Marty and Hilda Stuart, Gallery of Photography. Admission free, but reservations required. Call Susan Sheppard at 314.533.9900 x37 or email to reserve your seat.

Click here to view Marty and Hilda Stuart’s gallery talk.

Gallery of Photography

Marty Stuart on family vacation at The Beach Club, Panama City, Florida, 1967, inkjet print, 13 1/2 x 14 inches on 16 x 20 paper, courtesy of the Marty Stuart Archives.

Hilda Stuart: Choctaw Gardens

October 3, 2014 - January 3, 2015

A companion to Marty Stuart: The Art of Country Music, this exhibit features a group of photographs by Hilda Stuart, mother of country music star Marty Stuart. These images capture life’s seemingly arbitrary moments in an intimate way, giving viewers insight into southern life and Stuart’s family. Stuart’s photographs were exhibited for the first time in 2011 at Duke University at the Center for Documentary Studies, and were the subject of a monograph, Choctaw Gardens, in 2012. A selection of Marty Stuart’s costumes, some designed by the renowned costume outfitter, Nudie Rodeo Tailors, as well as his boyhood guitar and a portrait of Marty by the well-known outsider artist, Howard Finster, are also included in the exhibition.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture

John B Peterkin, Architect, Airline Terminal Building NYC, c. 1939, delineator: Hugh Ferriss, 22.5 x 16.5 inches, charcoal on paper, collection of Kyrle Boldt III.

American Buildings: Architectural Drawings from the Collection of Kyrle Boldt III

October 3, 2014 - February 14, 2015

A selection of early- and mid-20th century architectural renderings that celebrate the art of the architectural delineator are featured in this exhibition from the collection of Kyrle Boldt III. The drawings, chosen by Boldt for the exhibition, were created before the days of computer technology and AutoCad, and were made to provide the client with a concrete sense of the building in the space it occupies. Highlights of the exhibition includes examples of residential, commercial and industrial designs from the offices of Frank Lloyd Wright; Harris Armstrong; Frederick Dunn; Hefenstellar, Hirsch and Watson; Murphy & Mackey; Meyer Loomstein; Henry Ives Cobb; Holabird and Root, Leonard Haeger; and many others.

Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 29, Noon.
Michael R. Allen, Director and Architectural Historian, Preservation Research Office, St. Louis, discusses individual projects and architectural genres included in the exhibition. Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture. Admission free, but reservations required. Call Susan Sheppard at 314.533.9900 x37 or email to reserve your seat.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art

Surveyor/Builder, 2011, lightjet print from digital file, 20 x 16 inches. Photograph by Joana Ocros-Ritter.

Through Their Eyes: Children Imagine St. Louis History

October 3, 2014 - January 24, 2015

Made by students of the Wilson School French class with their language teacher, Joana Ocros-Ritter, the photographic portraits and other materials in this exhibit provide a view of colonial St. Louis. Students imagined their own historical French colonial characters and created narratives around them. Through children’s eyes, the portraits and writings in this exhibition tell stories of discovery, history, make-believe, and, ultimately about what makes us human. This exhibition is the last in a series of programs organized in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.The Clayton-based elementary school uses classic and innovative teaching methods within a warm, nurturing environment to inspire their students to excel in all academic areas.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery

Wm. Stage, Swineherd, National Stockyards, National City, Illinois, 1984, gelatin silver print, 13 1/4 x 9, courtesy and © Wm. Stage.

Wm. Stage: Photographs and Assemblages

October 3, 2014 - February 7, 2015

This exhibition presents an overview of photographs from the career of journalist, author and photographer William Stage, who has focused much of his attention on the American Midwest. Portraits of well-known St. Louisans and internationally-recognized artists and writers, as well photographs of small towns, historical advertising signs on buildings, and a selection of his assemblages are included. Stage worked for the Riverfront Times from 1982-2004, and has been a guest commentator on KWMU-St. Louis Public Radio. His books include The Painted Ad: A Postcard Book of Vintage Brick Wall Signs (2011, with Margaret Stage), Have A Weird Day: Reflections and Ruminations on the St. Louis Experience (2003), Mound City Chronicles (1991) and Litchfield: A Strange and Twisted Saga of Murder in the Midwest (1998), among others.

Gallery Talk and Booksigning: Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 6 p.m.
William Stage will speak on his photographic adventures. A booksigning will follow. Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery, Admission free, but reservations required. Call Susan Sheppard at 314.533.9900 x37 or email 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."

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, Study for Monoliths 3, 2011, powder-coated steel, 3 sculptures, finished works each 8 x 5 x 5 feet, courtesy of the artist.

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.