Relief consists of two separate bodies of work, drawings and wall sculptures created in the city of St. Louis during the COVID-19 pandemic. The drawings are the product of a couple of hours spent daily by the artist in the very early morning over the past seven months. This regular practice over the pandemic months was an antidote to the stress of the uncertain times – a tangible relief. The second body of work is a group of cast low-relief wall sculptures taken from sites discovered by the artist during walks with family. Some of her discoveries – such as cracks and patches in sidewalks, potholes, knots in trees, lawn ornaments, etc. revealed the absence of what had once been there, while others reflected how time, use and the elements had changed something that was once whole.

Sarah Frost received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She has also received numerous awards and grants, including the Great Rivers Biennial grant in 2009, funded by the Gateway Foundation in St. Louis.

By visiting the Sheldon Art Galleries,  you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By entering The Sheldon, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Sheldon Arts Foundation, or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.


Capacity will be limited to 25% or less of full capacity. No reservations required or accepted for regular public hours.

Dedicated entrance and exit routes will be designated at the street level entrance of the Emerson Galleries building.

All staff and visitors age 9 and older will be required to wear masks; masks for visitors between the ages of 2 and 8 will be encouraged. Masks will be provided for those who do not have one. Guests will be allowed to remove or lower their masks/face coverings when drinking.

All visitors will pass through a free-standing temperature scanner, and will be asked to sign in with the names of everyone in their party for contract-tracing purposes. They will then affirm basic wellness on the day of their visit.

Visitors who do not feel well on the day of their visit, or register 100.4 degrees or higher during the temperature check, will be asked to visit on a different day.

Visitors who do not provide their own pens will be given a single-use pen to take with them. Sign-in pens will not be reused.

Social distancing will be encouraged with signage throughout The Sheldon, including at check-in, and while visiting the galleries. Floor decals will help manage distancing at restrooms, elevators, etc.


Enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures will be in place throughout the day in public areas.

Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout The Sheldon, including at arrival sign-in and throughout the galleries.

Staff will be trained in safety and sanitation procedures.