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.

Please join us for an opening reception on Friday, March 3 from 5-7 p.m. The Galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Gallery of Photography
Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place

Higher Ground: Honoring Washington Park Cemetery, Its People and Place

March 3, 2017 - August 26, 2017

This multi-media exhibition, conceived by photographer Jennifer Colten, includes 50 large scale, color landscape photographs by Colten, as well as video and oral histories by Denise Ward-Brown, historical land documentation, historical narrative panels and an art installation by Dail Chambers, which together provide an overview of the history and issues surrounding this historically African-American cemetery. Washington Park Cemetery, located near Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was established in 1920 as a burial ground for African-Americans at a time when rigid segregation was common practice. For nearly 70 years, it was the largest black cemetery in the region, and the final resting place for many prominent African-Americans, including Oscar Minor Waring, the first African-American principal of Sumner High School and Dr. Miles Davis, Sr., father of the great trumpeter. In the 1950s, the cemetery was split and parts paved over by Interstate 70, and again in the 1970s and 1990s disruption and erasure occurred; bodies were disinterred and moved when parts of this land was appropriated by Lambert Airport and Metrolink. This exhibition tells the story of the cemetery’s long and tragic history and reveals the complicated tangle of social injustice, racial politics and neglect that it has suffered. A fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue and a dedicated resource webpage hosted by Washington University Olin Library, Special Collections accompanies the exhibition.

The exhibition is made possible by a Ferguson Academic Seed Fund Grant from Washington University in St. Louis, the Missouri Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Karen and Lawrence Kotner, Barbara and Arthur McDonnell, Nina Needleman, David Capes Photography LLC, Officer Funeral Home P.C. and James and Brenda Rivers. In-kind support is provided by the Special Collections, Olin Library Washington University in St. Louis and the Missouri History Museum.

Gallery Talk: Friday, April 7, 2017, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Featuring project artists Denise Ward-Brown, Jennifer Colten and Dail Chambers. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at or 314-533-9900.

Panel Discussion: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Missouri History Museum
Higher Ground: Honoring the Story of Washington Park Cemetery
Moderated by Gwen Moore, Missouri Historical Society Curator of Urban Landscape and Community Identity, and featuring Higher Ground project artists Jennifer Colten, Denise Ward-Brown and Dail Chambers; catalogue essayist Michael R. Allen, Director of the Preservation Research Office and Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art; and others, the panelists will illuminate the history of Washington Park Cemetery and discuss the process of honoring its history in an exhibit. Missouri History Museum’s Des Lee Auditorium, admission free. Information at or 314-746-4599.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Color Wheel Connections: Handmade Books about Human Beings

Color Wheel Connections: Handmade Books about Human Beings

March 3, 2017 - September 9, 2017

Organized by artist Jenna Bauer, founder of the Colorbridge Arts Collective, designers of socially informed visual arts education curricula, this exhibit uses the artist’s color wheel as a metaphor to encourage children to contemplate our similarities and differences as human beings. In collaboration with their classroom teachers and Colorbridge art educators, students created thought-provoking stories based on this theme, and also learned a wide variety of studio art-based illustration tactics including drawing and collage techniques, color theory and bookbinding. This exhibit presents over 50 books written and illustrated by students from Word of Life School, St. Cecilia School, Kennard Classical Junior Academy and a group of homeschooled children.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Regions Bank

Student and teacher workshops available: Call Rebecca Gunter at 314-533-9900 x18 for information.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Circus Harmony: Defying Gravity and Other Limitations

Circus Harmony: Defying Gravity and Other Limitations

March 3, 2017 - September 23, 2017

This exhibit presents a group of dynamic photographs by Ron Anderson, Jessica Hentoff, Susan Pittman and others that celebrate the work of St. Louis’s own social circus, Circus Harmony. The photographs, which include a 23-foot frieze of portraits of circus members by Anderson and Pittman, cover their work both at home and abroad. The non-profit Circus Harmony uses circus arts to motivate social change by inspiring individuals and connecting communities with their circus education and entertainment programs. The exhibition is made possible in part by Nina Needleman.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Nina Needleman

Performance: Friday, March 3, 2017, 6 p.m.
Members of Circus Harmony will present a short performance at the opening reception, Kemper Atrium.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
Wallace Smith: Paintings and Drawings

Wallace Smith: Paintings and Drawings

December 2, 2016 - May 13, 2017

Born in St. Louis in 1901, Wallace Herndon Smith was a traditional painter who absorbed the visual language of artists like Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He traveled extensively, and had a summer residence and studio in Harbor Springs, Michigan, subjects which are found in several works in the exhibit. The exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings and watercolors, is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries and is drawn from the collection of the Bellwether Foundation.

Gallery of Music
Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time

Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time

Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time

June 10, 2016 - August 12, 2017

Curated by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger and drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibition explores the evolutionary process and development of horns across continents and through time. Highlights include a 1,000-year old Moche clay trumpet from Peru, a ceremonial Narsiga from Nepal, a rare American Civil War Schreiber over-the-shoulder teardrop horn and a rare 8-foot tall Recording Bass. Contemporary horns played by famous jazz musicians Clark Terry, Oliver Lake and Artie Shaw, and a fantastical 12-foot long bicycle-powered “Pedalphone” designed by St. Louisan John E. Maier, are also featured.

Hartenberger World Music Collection

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6-7 p.m.
Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger presents “An Inside Look at the World of Horns.” Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at or 314.533.9900 x37

The exhibition is made possible by Novus International

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."