Current Exhibits

Gallery hours:
Tuesdays, noon – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays –Fridays, noon – 5 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Closed on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Summer Fun for the Kids!
June 28 - August 9, 2014
Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Beat the heat and enjoy crafts and a scavenger hunt in the galleries!
Suggested donation $3 per child for crafts.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
History of Jazz Gallery

Oscar Edmund Berninghaus, (American, 1874–1952), Laclede Landing at Present Site of St. Louis, c. 1914, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches, Private Collection, courtesy of Kodner Gallery, St. Louis.



Wazhazhe (Osage), Shield, hide, feathers, cloth, metal and pigment, 18.5 x 44 inches, collection of Osage Tribal Museum, photograph by Erik Campos.


IMAGINING THE FOUNDING OF ST. LOUIS

February 7, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Organized in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the French settlement of St. Louis, this exhibition brings together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by Oscar E. Berninghaus, Karl Bodmer, Charles Bird King, Louis-Leopold Boilly, Charles Ferdinand Wimar and others, and pays tribute to the Native Missourians who lived in the region with a beautiful array of Mississippian, Osage, Missouria and Illiniwek regalia, art and artifacts. Early maps from the 18th and 19th centuries, a print depicting the Chouteau family mansion, and for the first month of the exhibit, a handwritten page from Auguste Chouteau's narrative of the settlement, will also be on view.

An accompanying resource room provides books and other background materials for study, as well as a selection of contemporary works in photography and painting by David Hanlon, Michael Haynes, Sean Standing Bear, Philip Slein and James M. Smith that consider and reconsider the area's complex and varied histories. Co-curated by Daven Anderson and gallery director, Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, the exhibition includes major loans from the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the St. Louis Science Center, the Osage Tribal Museum and several private collections. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue with essays by the co-curators and historian J. Frederick Fausz, and contributions by Caitlin Donald, Julie Dunn Morton, Kerrie Mohahan, Kathryn Red Corn and Jill Ahlberg Yohe accompanies the exhibition.

Storytelling with Marcia Ollinger: Saturday, June 14 at 10:00, Free admission. With repertoire that includes traditional tales from around the world, historical stories as well as personal stories from her childhood growing up in Saint Louis, Marcia Ollinger will bring Native American stories to life for children of all ages at this free family event.

Gallery Talk and Booksigning: Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. J. Frederick Fausz: The Significance of the "Indian Capital" of Colonial St. Louis--Then and Now. Mr. Fausz will also be available after the lecture to sign his books, Founding St. Louis: First City of the New West.

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1 p.m. Sean Standing Bear, artist and Osage scholar in conversation with John Nunley, retired curator of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the Saint Louis Art Museum, will discuss Sean Standing Bear's painting in the exhibition and Osage objects on view.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014, Noon, Daven Anderson, co-curator of the exhibition Imagining the Founding of St. Louis, will speak on the history of the founding of St. Louis.

Admission to all gallery talks is free, but reservations must be made. Call or email Susan Sheppard at ssheppard@thesheldon.org or 314-533-9900 x37 to reserve your place.

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Imagining the Founding Resource Packet

"Imagining the Founding of St. Louis” Companion Book – click here to order.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Mary Pillsbury Fine Jewelry Company, Ameren, Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum, Eleanor J. Moore, the Ed and H. Pillsbury Foundation, the Bannister Family, and Barbara & Arthur McDonnell.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Gallery of Photography

Jayde Figgins, My View of the Arch, 6/16/2013; Entry Category: Amateur - Places & Architecture; Image courtesy and © Jayde Figgins



Susan Hacker Stang, World Series, 2013; Entry Category: Professional - Neighborhoods & Events



Ryan Archer, City Museum Climbers, 8/13/2013; Entry Categories: Professional-People (Best of Show)


The City at 250: A Citywide Celebration in Photography

June 6, 2014 - August 23, 2014

The exhibition St. Louis at 250 is a culmination of a citywide photo contest begun in the fall of 2013 and ending on February 23, 2014, which marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. The contest, which was a collaboration between the Sheldon Art Galleries and the St. Louis Beacon online newspaper (Now merged with St. Louis Public Radio in December, 2013), garnered over 500 entries. The final exhibit of 100 photographs shown in three Galleries, was juried by Eric Lutz, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Saint Louis Art Museum, John Nagel, Executive Director of the Photographic Art & Science Foundation (International Photography Hall of Fame) in Grand Center; Robert Duffy, a founder and editor at the St. Louis Beacon (now campaign director of St. Louis Public Radio); and Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Director of the Sheldon Art Galleries. Contestants in three entry levels, Amateur, Professional and Children were invited to send in photos in three categories: “Places and Architecture,” “Neighborhoods and Events” and “People.” 100 were chosen for the exhibition and accompanying book published by the Sheldon Art Galleries (8.5 x 11 hardbound, $24.95). An additional 150 of the entries will be shown in a slide show within the exhibition.

The City at 250 Companion Book
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Printing for the exhibition was generously donated by Diversified Lab Services, Inc.


Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery

Jeff Hirsch, The Amulet Vendor, 2013, Giclée print on archival rag paper, 18 x 12 inches, courtesy of the artist.


St. Louis Camera Club Centennial Exhibition

February 7, 2014 - August 16, 2014

Mounted in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the St. Louis Camera Club, founded in 1914, this juried exhibition features 50 photographs by current members submitted under the themes, "Nature," "Color," "Travel" and "Photojournalism." The St. Louis Camera Club is one of the oldest in the nation, although documentation exists that as early as 1891, members of a camera club in St. Louis presented lantern slides in New York City. Club members come from all walks of life, making for a diverse organization of photo enthusiasts. The mission of the St. Louis Camera Club is to promote the art and science of photography in a social environment where photographers of all skill levels are welcomed. The club embraces the advancement of photography through member education, innovation, technology and creativity.

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."