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.
Join us for an opening reception on Friday, October 2 from 5-7 p.m.
Larry Krone: The Best, Best Everything
October 2, 2015 - January 9, 2016
The Sheldon Art Galleries presents the first major exhibition of works by multi-media artist Larry Krone in St. Louis since 2006. Based in New York, the St. Louis-born artist has made a name for himself nationally with his unique works that use found textiles, craft materials and graphics to challenge the notion of the artist as a privileged individual, separate and above the general society. His incorporation of finished needlepoints found in thrift stores, along with other ready-made textiles, mingles the artist's voice with that of unknown craftspeople. With conceptualism at the core of his practice, Krone uses these elements alongside obsessive handwork, layering songwriting, performance, graphic design, fashion and costume design together with traditional art object-making to explore and express his ideas about masculine identity, showmanship, beauty, sentimentality and love, individualism and its antithesis – collaboration. Krone has exhibited work at galleries and museums across the country, including at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Philip Morris Branch, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. He has designed costumes for Bridget Everett, Neal Medlyn, Adrienne Truscott and Kathleen Hanna and his artist's book, Look Book, featuring photographs by designer Todd Oldham, will debut in the Fall of 2015.
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.
Our People, Our Land, Our Images
September 4, 2015 - November 21, 2015
Twenty-six indigenous artists from North America, Peru, Iraq and New Zealand are featured in this distinctive exhibition, which includes newly discovered nineteenth-century trailblazers, members of the next generation of emerging photographers, and well-established contemporary artists. The 51 works tell their stories through differing photographic approaches, ranging from those using a documentary style to altered images that combine overlays and collage. The images stand united, however, in exploring their creators' connections to their land, community and traditions. Included in the exhibit are works by Cherokee artist Jennie Ross Cobb, the earliest known female Native American photographer. The exhibition is curated by Veronica Passalacqua, curator at the N.C. Gorman Museum, Davis, California and traveled by ExhibitsUSA.