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.
Also open 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 2 from 5-7 p.m. The Galleries will remain open until 9 p.m. for First Fridays in Grand Center.

For additional gallery exhibits, please see our Upcoming Exhibits page.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists
Wallace Herndon Smith: Evolution

Wallace Herndon Smith: Evolution

December 1, 2017 - February 10, 2018

This exhibit will trace the evolution of St. Louis-born Wallace Herndon Smith’s style with examples of his work from the 1930s to the 1980s and beyond. Born in 1901, Wallace Herndon Smith was a traditional painter who absorbed the visual language of artists like Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. In the late 1930s, his work gained attention from important American artists like Edward Hopper, Walt Kuhn and Peggy Bacon. He traveled extensively to Europe, Mexico and America’s East Coast, and had a summer residence and studio in Harbor Springs, Michigan, subjects of which are found in several works in the exhibit. His works have been exhibited widely including in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, in Philadelphia, St. Louis and many other cities.

Gallery of Music
The World of Spectacular Strings

The World of Spectacular Strings

The World of Spectacular Strings

October 6, 2017 - April 21, 2018

Drawn from The Sheldon’s Hartenberger World Music Collection, this exhibit features over 100 unique stringed instruments from around the world. Highlights include a rare Rubab from Afghanistan, an unusual pochette (pocket) violin from France, a double bass and violin made from matchsticks, a harpsichord once owned by former St. Louis resident comedienne Phyllis Diller, a Gibson guitar signed by B.B. King, and a special edition KISS logo Gene Simmons “Axe” bass, among many other rare instruments.

Exhibit made possible in part by Aurelia and Jeffrey Hartenberger.

Gallery of Photography
Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

Steve McCurry: The Importance of Elsewhere

October 6, 2017 - February 3, 2018

Documentary photographer and storyteller Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for almost 40 years. His work spans conflicts, ancient traditions and contemporary culture from six continents - yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of a young Afghan girl, published on the cover of National Geographic Magazine, so powerful. McCurry has received some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest and a Centenary Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Royal Photographic Society in London.

The exhibition is made possible by Capes Sokol, Karen and Dr. Lawrence Kotner, Northern Trust, Aldine Travel, Inc. and Dr. Susan Pittman.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Carl Safe: The Architecture of Buildings, Furniture and Photographs

Carl Safe: The Architecture of Buildings, Furniture and Photographs

October 6, 2017 - February 17, 2018

The career of Carl Safe, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Architecture, Sam Fox School of Design and Art at Washington University in St. Louis, is celebrated in this exhibit of furniture, architectural designs and photographs. Safe has been a member of the faculty there since 1970, where he has taught design studios and support courses. In addition to his status as Professor Emeritus, Safe is Principal at Carl Safe Design Consultants.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Cannon Design.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, November 14 at 6 p.m.
Carl Safe talks about his career. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at or 314-533-9900 x37.

Exhibition Essay: Carl Safe: The Archtecture of Buildings, Furniture and Photographs

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Invent a Musical Instrument – Selections from The Sheldon’s SOLID Program

Invent a Musical Instrument – Selections from The Sheldon’s SOLID Program

October 6, 2017 - January 27, 2018

This exhibit features a selection of inventive musical instruments by students from area schools made during The Sheldon’s SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) program in 2016 and 2017. A collaboration between The Sheldon, the St. Louis Science Center, St. Louis Public Schools, St. Louis Archdiocesan Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and Boeing scientists, the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program, funded by Boeing, takes students through a design and build process using found objects and recyclables.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Boeing.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Jill Evans Petzall: Still Lives with Stories

Jill Evans Petzall: Still Lives with Stories

October 6, 2017 - January 20, 2018

Emmy award-winning filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall’s innovative exhibit explores how Western biases are promoted across cultures through stereotypes in travel photography. Her photographs shot in Southeast Asia of strangely static human bodies become metaphorical “still lives.” Visitors can record their own stories with the artist on selected days. A selection of the recordings will become a lasting part of the artwork. This interactive exhibit asks us to discover what our snapshots reveal beyond ourselves and our “selfies.”

The exhibition is made possible by Mr. and Mrs. Ira H. Bergman, Mary and Steven Schoolman, Joseph Evans, Capes Sokol, Karen Kalish, Susan Block, Esq. and Freida Smith, Nancy Kalishman, J. David and Lucy Levy, Nina Needleman, Susan Hacker Stang, Carol Salomon and the Salomon Family Fund, Deborah O’Brien and Richard Seiter, Christy Beckmann, Dr. Stan and Nancy Feldman, Kim Gladstone, Zora S. Hanko, Michelle and Scott Harris, Susan and Jeff Hochman, Sally S. Levy, Senator Jill Schupp, Julie Simpher and many other generous donors.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 10 at 6 p.m.
Jill Evans Petzall will talk about the concept and process of the exhibition. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at or 314-533-9900 x37.

Exhibition Essay: Still Lives With Stories by Jill Evans Petzall

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."