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.

Bellwether Gallery of St. Louis Artists

The Brightest Corner: Work by VSA Missouri Member Artists from the Living Arts Studio

June 10, 2016 - September 3, 2016

The Brightest Corner features the work of 10 artists from the Living Arts Studio, located in Maplewood, Missouri. The artists featured are all living with disabilities and producing complicated, compelling and sophisticated work. Living Arts is the product of a collaboration between VSA (Vision, Strength, Access) Missouri, Bridges Community Support Services and Spirited Hands Art. Together, these groups offer classes for people living with, and without, disabilities in a creative, safe space. The exhibition is organized and curated by Gina Alvarez, Executive Director of VSA Missouri.

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Gallery of Music

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

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Gallery of Photography

The Landscape Legacy of Dan Kiley

September 9, 2016 - December 30, 2016

Organized and traveled by the Cultural Landscape Foundation, this exhibit of 43 photographs features 27 of Kiley’s most significant landscape design projects, including the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial grounds in St. Louis; gardens at the Art Institute of Chicago; the Ford Foundation Atrium in New York City; and the plaza and gardens of La Defense, Dalle Centrale, Paris, France; among many others. Dan Kiley (1912-2004) is considered one of the most influential Modernist landscape architects of the 20th century and worked with important architects like Eero Saarinen, and I.M. Pei and others.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Joan and Mitchell Markow and Christner, Inc.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6– 7 pm.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art

Other Worlds: Work by Young Artists from Giant Steps, St. Louis and St. Louis Community College at Meramec

June 10, 2016 - September 3, 2016

Complementing The Brightest Corner exhibition, Other Worlds presents paintings, drawings and sculpture created by students at Giant Steps, St. Louis, a school for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The works represent the visualization of the inner voices of these young artists, who shine in their originality, conceptualization and mastery of technique. Also included are etchings and silkscreen prints that were part of a collaborative project between Giant Steps students and printmaking students from St. Louis Community College, Meramec. The exhibition is organized by Gina Alvarez, Executive Director of VSA Missouri and curated by Ken Wood.

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Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery

Grainy Black & White: The Photography of Bob Reuter

June 10, 2016 - September 17, 2016

This exhibit presents an overview of, and a memorial to, the work of St. Louis musician and photographer Bob Reuter, whose gritty black and white photographs document the denizens and musicians of St. Louis’ underground scene. Portraits of musicians include Jay Farrar and Pokey LaFarge, as well as portraits of friends and street scenes. Dubbed the “King of South St. Louis,” Reuter was one of the pioneers of the area’s punk, rock and alt-country music scenes. He died in an accident in St. Louis in 2013.

Gallery Talk: “Campfire Stories”- Memories of Bob Reuter
Tuesday, July 19 from 6 – 7 p.m.

Led by artist Tom Huck, this informal evening invites friends of Bob Reuter to share their memories and stories with the audience. Admission free, but reservations are required. Contact Paula Lincoln at or 314.533.9900 x37. Cash bar.

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

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."