Thursday, August 30, 2018

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: Friday, 7 September 2018

Friday, September 7 Public Reception 7:00–9:00 pm

Join us for the opening of CAM’s fall exhibitions featuring Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979–1980, an intimate study of Jean-Michel Basquiat's early artistic life; Sanford Biggers's BAM series, which memorializes black victims of gun violence in America; SUPERFLEX: European Union Mayotte, the US premiere of a video installation that explores human migration; William Downs: Sometimes it hurts, a site-specific drawing on CAM's Project Wall; and Jennifer West: Emoji Piss Film, a deconstruction of the language of emoji projected on the museum's facade.

In the Education Galleries, the Teen Museum Studies class of 2018 presents Lizzy Martinez: Seeing Red, a multimedia subversion of Little Red Riding Hood; and Northwest Academy of Law high school students showcase Pop art-inspired sculptures created through ArtReach.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63108

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

projects+gallery: Thursday, 13 September 2018

Dee Dee Ngozi, 55, Atlanta, GA, 2016

To Survive on This Shore
Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults
Reception Thursday, September 13, 2018, 5-8 p.m.

In the ‘60s they called me a sissy. In the ‘70s they called me a faggot. In the ‘80s I was a queen. In the ‘90s I was transge nder. In the 2000s I was a woman, and now I’m just Grace. – Grace, 56, Boston, MA

To Survive on This Shore is a new photographic exhibition on view from September 6, 2018 through October 10, 2018. This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration between Jess T. Dugan,  photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.

For over five years, Dugan and Fabbre traveled throughout the United States seeking subjects whose experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location. They traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals have a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States. The exhibition will include twelve 30 x 40 in. and ten 18 x 24 in. photographs, each paired with texts illuminating the life narratives of those photographed. The hardcover book (Kehrer Verlag, August 28, 2018) contains 65 portraits and texts as well as an interview with Dugan and Fabbre conducted by Karen Irvine, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL. The official book release will take place at the opening reception of the exhibition on September 13 from 6-9 p.m.

While Dugan’s earlier work focused on issues of identity, gender, and sexuality – and often on LGBTQ communities specifically – this is her first body of work that focuses on older adults, a result of her collaboration with Fabbre. Dugan’s portraits are open, emotive, and nuanced, utilizing direct eye contact to facilitate a meaningful exchange between subject and viewer. For the accompanying texts, Fabbre provides selections of full-length interviews to enhance the viewer’s connection to each subject’s story. The resulting book and exhibition provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

4733 McPherson Avenue
St. Louis, MO

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Framations Art Gallery: Friday, 31 August 2018

Drawing by Steve Femmer
Opening reception Friday, August 31, 6-9 pm.
The exhibit will continue through October 11.

For "Thresholds", Framations Art Gallery asked artists to explore the thresholds we encounter in life, whether they are physical, emotional, or other measurable forms. The theme is described in paintings, photographs, and mixed media works.

Juror, Ron Fondaw

On display during this same time period will be "Black and White: the Art of Steve Femmer". This solo exhibit will feature works created by Femmer over the course of 40 year, focusing on those in black and white and shades of grey. These include pencil, charcoal and pen, along with scratchboard drawings and photographs. Femmers subject matter encompasses reality, surrealism, and abstract designs.

218 North Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301

Monday, August 27, 2018

Millstone Gallery: Friday, 14 September 2018

Opening Reception for Figures, Fables & Fiction
September 14, 2018, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
SEP 7–NOV 4, 2018

A selection of the skillful figurative work currently produced in the St. Louis region, including works from Nicole Cooper, John Hunn, David Ottinger and Victor Wang. Guest curated by Nancy Newman Rice.

Millstone Gallery
524 Trinity Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63130
Direct 314 561 4878

Hunt Gallery: Friday 31 August 2018


Hunt Gallery - Visual Arts Studios
August 31 – September 15, 2018
 Opening Reception Friday, August 31 from 5:30-8 pm
(brief remarks from curator Jeffrey Hughes at 6:45 pm)

1968 has been called one of the most significant and turbulent years of the twentieth-century. The ’68 exhibition commemorates the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year.

Featured will be selected works created in 1968 including books, ephemera, protest images, popular media, “groovy” music posters, and album covers, all from the personal collections of “neighbors” of the Gallery.

Webster College, as it was in 1968, is highlighted as that was the first year Webster became fully co-ed. Students and faculty in 1968 were also very much a part of the spirit of the times. 

Regulars hours 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Hunt Gallery
8342 Big Bend Blvd.

Pulitzer Arts Foundation: Friday, 14 September 2018

Lola Álvarez Bravo
Opening Reception Fri, Sep 14; 6–9pm
Curatorial Tour Sat, Sep 15; 1pm
Dance Performance by Emma Lanier Sat, Sep 15; 2:15pm

Celebrate the opening of new exhibitions at the Pulitzer: Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work and Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico. Focusing on Ruth Asawa’s (1926–2013) ceaseless experimentation with wire, Ruth Asawa: Life’s Work presents nearly sixty sculptures and more than twenty drawings, paintings, prints, and collages to shed light on her evolving artistic vision which she achieved with a stunning deftness of hand and economy of means. Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico presents nearly fifty photographs by Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–93), who played a critical role in Mexico’s modernist wave and brought to life an era of profound transformation through her photography practice.

 Ruth Asawa: Life's Work
The Pulitzer presents the first major museum exhibition of the work of Ruth Asawa (1926–2013) since 2006. This landmark career-spanning show brings together some eighty works, comprising nearly sixty sculptures from her six-decade career—including looped wire, tied wire, electroplated, and cast works—as well as twenty drawings and collages, some of which date back to her years at Black Mountain College.

Lola Álvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico
Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–93) played a critical role in Mexico's modernist wave through her work as a photographer, educator, and curator. Picturing Mexico features nearly fifty photographs focused on her personal artistic practice from the 1930s to the 1970s, when Álvarez Bravo traveled across the country documenting daily life in post-revolutionary Mexico, as well as producing iconic portraits of her fellow artists as well as lesser-known compositions that emphasize abstract form, pattern, and the play of light and shadow.

Wednesday, 10am–5pm Thursday, 10am–8pm Friday, 10am–8pm Saturday, 10am–5pm

Pulitzer Arts Foundation
3716 Washington Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108

Friday, August 24, 2018

OA Gallery: Saturday, 1 September 2018

Celebrity: An Exhibition of Paintings by Henryk Ptasiewicz
Saturday, September 1 through Saturday, October 6
Wednesday through Saturdays Noon to 5:00 pm

Live painting on September 1st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Opening reception Saturday, September 1st from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Enjoy an outstanding collection of celebrities painted by one of St. Louis' most respected artists. Some are whimsical takes on classic icons, others are contemplative and reflective. All of these famous figures are painted with Ptasiewicz' characteristic brilliant and colorful brush strokes. Enjoy live painting periodically throughout the month of October.
Browse the exhibition at your own pace or attend one of the events. All are free and open to the public.

OA Gallery
101A W Argonne Drive
Across from Kirkwood Train Station

Monday, August 20, 2018

Duane Reed Gallery: Thursday, 13 September 2018

Luanne Rimel, Exhale, 2018, photograph, digitally printed on silk, pieced, hand-stitched

Nancy Callan, Luanne Rimel & Mary Borgman
September 6 - October 13, 2018
Opening Reception Thursday, September 13th 5PM to 8PM

NANCY CALLAN - As I approach twenty years of working with glass, I am amazed at how much there still is for me to explore in the material. The quest for the perfect form matched with the ideal surface, color, or pattern is an ongoing challenge. But most exciting are the new possibilities that open up through experimentation. Using the traditional techniques to create something fresh and modern is what I am most interested in right now. This approach allows me to feel grounded in the traditions of the material but also free to depart and explore the possibilities, which are indeed infinite.

LUANNE RIMEL - My work explores the passage of time and lingering memory of the present. Sculptures that stand as guardians of human history, detailed images of cloth and figurative elements, are incorporated into my quilts, imbuing the statue with mysterious significance. I use repurposed flour-sack cloth dishtowels, printing the images onto the fabric with a wide format inkjet printer. Detailed sections are collaged and stitched onto the cloth, referencing earlier domestic practices of mending and repair, reuse and repurposing. The repetitive hand quilting creates shadows and textures, alluding to the marking of time.  Each piece quietly takes its own shape as the threads are gently drawn and pulled through the cloth.

MARY BORGMAN - Formerly a professional sign language interpreter, I now translate into drawings the personalities and dignity of individuals. I work with charcoal on frosted Mylar, a polyester film. This tough, translucent support allows me to aggressively build up marks and then work the charcoal with erasers to reveal a luminous quality of light. The sitters assume frontal, uncompromising poses and look directly at the viewer, turning the observer into the observed. The larger-than-life size format magnifies the intensity of the sitter's gaze and infuses the portrait with a psychological presence.

4729 McPherson Ave
Saint Louis MO 63108

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Schmidt Art Center: Thursday, 23 August 2018


August 23 - October 5
Opening Reception and Artist Talks: August 23 from 4-7 p.m.

Kimber Mallett and Melody Evans: Layers
A two-person exhibition comprised of works that reference the natural world and build on a commentary of social and environmental issues

Donald Bevirt: Art at the Speed of Light
Photographs that strive to capture a moment and provide a narrative of a symbolic and surreal world

Don Koleson: 
An Eclectic Vision - Mid-Century Modern & Industrial Tech
Furniture and objects that record Don Koleson’s mid-century modern style and career in industrial technology

Schmidt Art Center
Southwestern Illinois College
2500 Carlyle Avenue
Belleville, IL 62221

Thursday, August 16, 2018

St. Louis Artists' Guild: Friday, 28 September 2018

Margi Weir: The Politics of Hue
Opening Reception and Artist Talk
Friday, September 28 from 5pm to 8pm

The St. Louis Artists' Guild welcomes a new body of work by Margi Weir titled "The Politics of Hue." In this new body of work, Ms. Weir finds inspiration for imagery from anywhere: from the street where she lives, from television or film, or from the internet. This most recent series of paintings on Plexiglas panels surrounded by vinyl on the gallery wall is titled “The Politics of Hue.” The Politics of Hue does not connote racial or identity politics and instead finds inspiration in the color divide during the last Presidential campaign between red and blue. There are currently 9 pieces in the series; red, blue, white, green, gold, yellow, orange, silver and purple.

Weir groups images of related things or repeated objects in stacked rows in a two-dimensional composition (paintings, prints, or cut vinyl). This stacking is a visual metaphor for the ways that bits of information are thrown at us, daily, with only occasional “in-depth coverage.” By placing a row of spatially flattened imagery on top of a row of images that suggest the illusion of space, Weir finds an appropriate way to visually represent the twenty-first-century experience of receiving information from many points of view simultaneously and often without a gauge by which to determine the validity of the information. The static point of view required for Renaissance perspective doesn’t reflect my contemporary experience. Neither does the medieval correlation of scale to status. In these new works Weir intentionally gives equal weight to positive and negative space.

This handling of space encourages perceptual shifts between positive and negative imagery by employing high black and white contrasts. “The Politics of Hue,” offers viewers a visual experience that has multiple layers of both meaning and process, where opposing views coexist within the accumulation of massive amounts of information.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm

St. Louis Artists' Guild
12 North Jackson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63105

Erica Popp Studios + Gallery: Friday, 7 September 2018

Reception for Elizabeth M. Willey: Into Gold
Friday, September 7 at 5 PM - 8 PM

Erica Popp Studios + Gallery
3271 Roger Pl
St Louis, MO 63116

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Foundry Art Centre: Friday, 17 August 2018

AUGUST 17 - SEPTEMBER 28, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 17, 5:30 - 8 pm
Juror: Peg Fetter

For this exhibition, size matters.  This show will display two opposites: one half focusing on small works (micro) and the other half focusing on works larger than 48 inches (macro).  This exhibition is open to all two-dimensional and three-dimensional media and themes.

EXHIBITING ARTISTS: Dora Agbas, Catherine Armbrust, Christine Banna, Jack Beckemeyer, Anita Bracalente, Donna Broyles, Julie Warren Conn, Miguel de Aguero, Leah deMatta, Sandra Ferkel, Ashley Gilreath, Jennifer Gubler, Lisa Hinrichs, Angie Huffman, Ayako Kurimoto, Robert Matejcek, Ron McIlvain, Richard Moninski, Kimberly Moss, John Nagel, Judy Parady, Robert Patrick, Justin Penov, Paula Leiter Pergament, Jerre Picker, Kim Rice, Judy Row, Deanne Row, Arturo Alonzo Sandoval, Amy Vidra, Dillon Weickum, Aaron Wilder, Mark Witzling, Maggie Zografakis.

Tues-Thurs 10 am-8 p,, Fri-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 12-4 pm, Mon closed

Foundry Art Centre
520 N. Main Center
St. Charles, MO 63301

Fontbonne University Gallery of Fine Art: Friday, 31 August 2018

Fontbonne University Fine Arts Department Faculty and Staff will be presenting their work from August 31st – September 28th. A free opening reception with light refreshments will be held on AUGUST 31ST at 6.00-8.00 pm.

This free series will feature full-time faculty members Anthony Borchardt, Mark Douglas, Timothy Liddy, David Newton and Victor Wang as well as adjunct and staff artists.

Artist talks will take place weekly in September; for dates, please visit the Fontbonne University Gallery of Fine Arts Facebook page at

Fontbonne University Gallery of Fine Art
Fine Arts Building
First Floor
6800 Wydown Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63105

Philip Slein Gallery: Thursday, 13 September 2018

Andrea Belag, Beachcomber #17, 2018, oil on linen, 56 x 70 inches

ANDREA BELAG: Beachcombers

Opening Reception, Andrea Belag will be in attendance, Thursday, September, 13th, 2018, 5-8 PM
Exhibition runs through October 13th, 2018

Time Out New York wrote, "Belag is a veteran abstractionist who has been working in New York for 35 years. She's an unabashed colorist whose paintings can be described with one word: Bold. Bold colors, bold compositions and bold gestural marks are the defining features of her approach to paint, which she applies to her canvases with rags and knives as well as brushes. She's waging a one-artist war against a 'chromo-phobic' culture, as she calls it, in which good taste masks a fear of color's emotional impact on viewers. Judging from her work, it's a battle she aims to win."

Ms. Belag’s paintings are a perfect match for the focus and philosophy that has become the cornerstone of the Philip Slein Gallery. Her long term interest in pure painting, based in color, form, and composition wonderfully distill what we think are the most significant themes in abstract painting today. Andrea Belag is a true painter’s painter, exhibiting in Saint Louis’ only gallery dedicated solely to the excellence in contemporary and modern painting.

Gallery Hours: Tues. - Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM

Philip Slein Gallery
4735 McPherson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Brigham Gallery: Thursday, 16 August 2018

Openiung Reception Thursday, 16 August, 6-8 pm.
Courtney Loveless and Jason Lee explore daily life and strife with a mixed media collection entitled THIS AMERICAN LIFE during Union Avenue Opera's production of Kurt Weil's Lost in the Stars
The Brigham Gallery is open daily, except Saturday; it's best to call (314) 361-8844 to verify daily times.
733 Union BoulevardSt. Louis, Missouri 63108-1037
(314) 361-8844

Friday, August 10, 2018

Webster Arts: Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Warp & Weft, an Exhibit of Tapestry

Reception August 14, 6 pm.
Artists from 20 states, United Kingdom, Canada, and India contributed work for the exhibit. All tapestries are works from artists who studied with master tapestry artist Rebecca Mezoff
What is tapestry? Tapestry is an art form that consists of a discontinuous weft of yarn or fiber that is woven on a loom. The design is created by the artist. Tapestry is often confused with needlepoint, rug hooking, embroidery, or other fiber arts.
The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9-4:30.
Webster Arts
483 East Lockwood, Suite #108
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(314) 918-2671

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Bruno David Gallery: Friday, 31 August 2018

YVONNE OSEI Who Discovers the Discoverer?
E.R.O. Concrete Tapestry
August 31 – September 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 2018, from 5 to 8 pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 4 pm

Yvonne Osei presents an exhibition of new works titled Who Discovers the Discoverer? Yvonne Osei’s creative practice examines beauty and colorism, the politics of clothing, complexities associated with global trade, and the residual implications of colonialism in post-colonial West Africa and Western cultures. This new body of work explores the influence of colonialism and Western education on the West African psyche. Using Ghana's public-school uniforms as a symbol of knowledge-seeking, Yvonne Osei travels to European countries, including Portugal, France, and Spain, on a quest to question, analyze, and confront historical narratives. The series of photographs and video work, Who Discovers the Discoverer? ushers in another journey and lens to dissecting colonial histories. In the New Media Room, Yvonne Osei will be presenting a new video-work titled Estou à procura de Diogo de Azambuja (which translates "I am looking for Diogo de Azambuja").

Justin Henry Miller presents an exhibition of new works on paper titled Hustle and Glo. Justin Henry Miller’s work emerges from an interest in our inundation of images and the mental layering that occurs as we experience, process, and recall. As we age we experience more, and our cognitive webs grow denser. The elements that compose Miller’s paintings are coalescing fragments that teeter between cooperation and individualism. In some instances, the interweaving layers come together to provide a greater clarity, while in others they convolute. Still in some pieces, unique moments ultimately prevail. In the series of works that comprise the Hustle and Glo exhibition, Miller follows a series of protocols when composing these images. The paintings are created reductively, using the white of the paper to serve as the initial or ‘key’ layer. A layer of color is then applied, and another layer of linear imagery is masked out. This process is repeated through multiple color layers until finally the masked areas are removed back down to the white of the original surface. The result is an ancestral armature emerging from the relational forms grafted on top.

Jon Howard Young presents an exhibition of new sculptures titled Third Post. The exhibition includes works about the development of language, visual symbols, and signage. Young appropriates symbols from various points in history; looking back to Paleolithic cave paintings and Greek pottery to contemplate visual language as well as pulling symbols from recent culture such as the line in the sand found in Western films and cartoons. Using the American West as a backdrop, Young grounds the position of these works in histories and mythologies of new frontiers. The work comes from Young’s personal experience of continuous travel that came with being a child of a military family and reflects on the cultural displacement of his Native American identity. Young uses textiles, sand collected from significant places of his nomadic life, and the languages of the Arte Povera movement to create works that act as signs to become points of orientation in an ever-shifting sense of place and time. The current work is an extension of a series of works that Young began in 2016 entitled Waymark Margins. The iridescent fabric performs similarly to hallucinations in a desert; visible yet elusive, like a hologram. They flicker, shift, and move as the viewer changes their orientation to the works. The embossed pillowy surface of these works not only reaches out to the viewer, but also have reflective properties that create a disorienting sense of space within them. Young repeats these disorienting signs to give a viewer recurring moments, so they consider their orientation among them.

The collaborative group E.R.O. (Experimental Research Office) presents a temporary installation titled Concrete Tapestry. Concrete Tapestry subverts the perceptual and literal heaviness of concrete construction through a series of delicate linear networks fabricated by experimental methods. The project investigates the potential of textile craft to generate new configurations of reinforced concrete, translating an existing small-scale technique into larger-scale architecture. Each “tapestry” is reinforced with a braided carbon fiber armature that leverages techniques from traditional lacemaking—those that usually produce pictorial motifs—into purposeful forms that adopt a material and structural function. The project builds on previous research employing a hybridized computational and analogue workflow for the design and fabrication of each underlying armature.

Public Hours: Monday through Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Bruno David Gallery