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Wallace Smith: Paintings and Drawings

December 2, 2016 – May 13, 2017

Born in St. Louis in 1901, Wallace Herndon Smith was a traditional painter who absorbed the visual language of artists like Henri Matisse and Edward Hopper. He traveled extensively, and had a summer residence and studio in Harbor Springs, Michigan, subjects which are found in several works in the exhibit. The exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings and watercolors, is organized by the Sheldon Art Galleries and is drawn from the collection of the Bellwether Foundation.


raggshomatrumpet300Amazing Horns – Bridging Continents, Bridging Time

June 10th, 2016 – August 12th, 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 batmanrobin300American 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.






The Landscape Architecture 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.




Caroline Cizek, I Believe that there are Two Sides to Every Story, 2016, inkjet print from digital photo manipulation, 15×10 inches, image courtesy of the artist and Whitfield School

This I Believe: Work By Whitfield School Art Students

October 7, 2016 – January 21, 2017

Works in this exhibit draw inspiration from the This I Believe project that began over 50 years ago as part of the Edward R. Murrow radio program and is continued today by the international, non-profit organization of the same name. Whitfield School art students used this platform to explore and articulate their personal beliefs to create a group of thoughtful, self-reflective works of art in a variety of mediums, including photography, drawing, and ceramics.





Radar Home. 11.8.13 – New Work By Amy Reidel

Amy, Reidel, Radar Brain Scan (alternate), 2016, digital print, 12 inches in diameter, courtesy of the artist.

October 7, 2016 – January 14, 2017

For the past 10 years, Amy Reidel has worked with weather radar imagery, specifically of storms over St. Louis as a metaphor to signify emotional and physical conditions. She combines weather radar, color MRI’s, and portraits of her family with colorful media and glitter to merge ideas of impending danger with beauty, love and joy. A native of St. Louis, Amy Reidel received her B.F.A in studio art from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her M.F.A from the University of Tennessee. Reidel is also the co-founder and creative editor of All the Art: The Visual Art Quarterly of St. Louis.



Route 66: A 90th Anniversary Celebration

October 7, 2016 – January 21, 2017

This mini-exhibition of photographs by Mark Appling Fisher, Quinta Scott and Susan Hacker Stang is organized in celebration of the Mother Road’s 90th anniversary.




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.”