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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.

Gallery hours:
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, February 15 from 5-7 p.m.

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

Wallace Herndon Smith: Paintings and Drawings

February 15, 2019 - April 13, 2019

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 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 and in Philadelphia, St. Louis and many other cities.

Gallery of Music
St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: The Balkans, India and Mexico

St. Louis, A Musical Gateway: The Balkans, India and Mexico

February 15, 2019 - April 13, 2019

The first in a series that celebrates St. Louis' immigrant communities, this exhibit features rare and beautiful instruments drawn from The Sheldon's Hartenberger World Music Collection and from the collection of Dr. Aurelia and Jeffrey Hartenberger from India, Mexico and the Balkan region. Highlights include a 3,000-year-old Olmec whistle and an ornate "Bajo Quinto" from Mexico, a Croatian Tamburitza Berda, an ancient Greek terra cotta whistle and a 12th-century Hindu Vamavarta conch horn from India. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Dr. Aurelia & Jeffrey Hartenberger.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m.
Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger, curator of the exhibition. Admission free, reservations suggested. Call or email Paula Lincoln at 314.533.9900 or plincoln@thesheldon.org to reserve.

Gallery of Photography
Old School, New Rules

Old School, New Rules

February 15, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Showcasing photographers who use 19th and early 20th century processes to comment on contemporary issues and subjects, the exhibit highlights how these antique methods of artistic expression can still have powerful validity in today's world. Despite, or perhaps because of, the readiness, ease and ubiquity of photography in the 21st century, there has been a movement of photographic artists who have turned to early processes like the tintype, ambrotype and daguerreotype to delineate their subjects, imbuing their work with a beauty and material quality not found in the photos made with social media and instant filters. The exhibition will include work by David Emitt Adams, Binh Danh, Jill Enfield, Mark Katzman, Annie Lopez, Barbara McDonnell, Eric Omori, Keliy Anderson Staley and Will Wilson.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Kristen Peterson and by Ryan Easley.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, April 9 at 6 p.m.
Sheldon Art Galleries director Olivia Lahs-Gonzales and artist Barbara McDonnell discuss the exhibition. Admission free, reservations suggested. Call or email Paula Lincoln at 314.533.9900 or plincoln@thesheldon.org to reserve.

Bernoudy Gallery of Architecture
Evan and Stacey Smith: Liminal Spaces

Evan and Stacey Smith: Liminal Spaces

February 15, 2019 - April 13, 2019

Liminal Spaces is a collection of architectural sculptures by husband-and-wife team Evan and Stacey Smith. Offering immersive and meditative experiences, the sculptures either directly or indirectly mimic artistic and religious spaces. Carefully constructed and lit with programmable LED lighting, the works draw the viewer into the imaginary environments they create.

In-kind support provided by Sebastian Woodworks.

Gallery Talk: Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m.
Husband and wife team Evan and Stacey Smith discuss their work and collaborative process. Admission free, reservations suggested. Call or email Paula Lincoln at 314.533.9900 or plincoln@thesheldon.org to reserve.

AT&T Gallery of Children's Art
Identity: Art by Students of Wentzville School District High Schools

Identity: Art by Students of Wentzville School District High Schools

February 15, 2019 - April 13, 2019

This exhibit showcases the talents of students from Wentzville School District High Schools who, in their curriculum, study the expression of identity. Humanity shares a common characteristic–the desire to be recognized by others. One common way we gain recognition is through the individual pursuit of originality. The works in the exhibition aim to convey a sense of how we identify, justly or not, one another's individuality based on the experiences of living in a diverse society.

Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery
Growing Up: International Vertical Gardens

Growing Up: International Vertical Gardens

February 15, 2019 - August 10, 2019

Extended to coincide with the opening of The Sheldon's Steward Family Plaza and vertical garden this summer, this exhibit of international vertical gardens features designs by Biotecture; Patrick Blanc; Stefano Boeri Architetti; Emilo Llobat (Magla); Kengo Kuma Associates (Japan); Growing Green, Inc.; Jean Nouvel; Sage Green Life; and others and highlights The Sheldon's own designed by Benjamin Gilmartin, in collaboration with Andrew Colopy of Cobalt Office, M. Ludvik Engineering, Randy Burkett Lighting Design, DLANDstudio, and Powers Bowersox Associates. The exhibit also features the early vertical garden designs of Stanley Hart White.

The exhibition is made possible in part by Growing Green, Inc.

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."