About the Galleries

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Olivia Lahs-Gonzales
Sheldon Art Galleries Director

This year marks the Sheldon Art Galleries’ 20th anniversary and we can’t believe time has gone by so quickly! From its founding in 1998 to this season’s amazing new exhibitions, the Sheldon Art Galleries have made their mark on the arts landscape for the past 20 years with some of the most unique, thought-provoking and diverse exhibitions in St. Louis. In this time, we have organized or hosted 327 exhibits by both internationally known artists and architects such as Richard Serra, Larry Fink, Tina Barney and Frank Lloyd Wright and noted St. Louis artists including Mary Sprague, Solomon Thurman and Larry Krone. The Sheldon Art Galleries’ Hartenberger World Music Collection, a group of over 2,600 world musical instruments that span over 3,000 years of human history, donated by the Hartenberger family in 2014, is shown regularly in the Gallery of Music, and our Lucy and Stanley Lopata sculpture garden showcases both traditional and non-traditional sculpture and installation projects.

Bringing the world to St. Louis for 20 years, the Sheldon Art Galleries has become a place where local, national and international artists of all media can find an artistic home and connect to the community and the world. We extend special thanks to the visionary donors and board members who made the art galleries a reality, especially past and present Sheldon Art Galleries Board Presidents: Nancy Kranzberg, Joan Markow, Alison Ferring, Peggy Symes, Susan Barrett, Daven Anderson and Ryan Easley.

Established in 1998, the Sheldon Art Galleries are a not-for-profit art space with an ambitious exhibition program, showing artists of local, regional, national and international importance. The galleries have over 7,000 square feet of space in seven independent exhibit spaces devoted to a diverse range of changing exhibitions in galleries devoted to architecture, music and sound, photography, local and regional artists and collections, and children’s art. In addition, a sculpture garden showcases both traditional and non-traditional sculpture and installation projects.

The Sheldon Art Galleries operate much like a museum by organizing exhibitions with works borrowed from galleries, museums and private collections. In addition to the numerous free exhibitions that we mount yearly, we also offer education programs such as free gallery talks with exhibiting artists, poetry and music events, teacher training workshops, and master class workshops for young people with exhibiting artists, all of which support our mission to nurture a love and appreciation of the visual arts.

The Sheldon Art Galleries are located in an urban setting in the heart of a vibrant art, music and theatre district, next door to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum. Since the galleries are part of a larger complex that includes the historic and world-renowned Sheldon Concert Hall built in 1912, the galleries are also open during concerts and other events.

Gallery Mission:
The mission of the Sheldon Art Galleries is to promote the appreciation of the visual arts by presenting high-quality and diverse exhibitions in an intimate setting; to present a broad range of genres that inspire discovery, learning and wonder which engage the St. Louis community and beyond with changing exhibitions and programs; and to support the Sheldon Arts Foundation’s mission by fostering both music and the visual arts.

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 on New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

See a list of current exhibitions.

Artist submission guidelines information.

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First Fridays in Grand Center, 5 - 9 p.m.
On the first Friday of each month, come to the Grand Center Arts District in midtown St. Louis to experience a great array of exhibitions, openings, and other special events, all within easy walking distance.