An outstanding year!

Chandler Branch, Exe. Dir.What a year it has been for Art Saint Louis! We've had the privilege of sharing much of our region's newest and best visual art, over 500 artworks in total, with a large and diverse crowd of over 30,000 viewers. My thanks go out to the many artists whose imagination and craft have delighted, provoked and inspired thousands in our community.

Among recent highlights, our 33rd annual all-styles, all-themes exhibit, Art St. Louis XXXIII, The Exhibition, opened recently with another high-energy reception. As with previous iterations of this show, this was one of the most popular and competitive exhibitions we produced in our gallery this year. Over 430 artworks in all media were submitted by 108 St. Louis regional artists for consideration by Juror Daniel Anderson. From this group Mr. Anderson selected 54 artworks by 52 artists from Missouri and Illinois. The exhibit remains on view through December 21. I hope you'll stop by and check it out.

This year our mobile app for visual art, ArtLoupe, grew to over 5,000 registered users from across the US, and over 7,000 published artworks! It has been a long road with this project from conception to fruition--over four years--and we still have a ways to go before it begins to reach its full potential. Being a tech startup in its own right, ArtLoupe remains an unusual and ambitious undertaking for an organization like ours and we're excited to see where it goes.

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Reflecting on The Golden Hour

HEC-TV spotlights recent exhibition The Golden Hour at Art Saint Louis. Featuring artwork inspired by specific times of day when the light is just right, this multi-media exhibition included 49 artworks by 39 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois. The Golden Hour concluded on October 26, 2017, to be followed by Art St. Louis XXXIII, The Exhibition. Click here for more info on The Golden HourClick here for more info on Art St. Louis XXXIII, The Exhibition.

From the Executive Director


Dear Friends,

Art Saint Louis remains one of the most vital outlets for art exhibition in the St. Louis region. In the last fiscal year alone, over 1,500 artworks were submitted by over 400 St. Louis regional artists for exhibitions in our gallery. Of these 1,500+ submissions, 302 artworks, representing the top 19.9%, were selected for inclusion. Through this and off-site programming, Art Saint Louis directly disbursed over $35,000 to local artists in support of their work.


We continue to maintain what may be the most extensive viewing hours of any art gallery in St. Louis, welcoming over 25,000 visitors every year. City and county residents, visitors to downtown, students, teachers, families, civic leaders from nearby City Hall, tourists, conventioneers, indigent and homeless persons, internationals, all socio-economic levels and ages, young children through senior citizens; we routinely welcome them all to our space and share with them the best visual art our region is producing, along with comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and our in-house hospitality service, Catalyst Coffee Bar.


Art Saint Louis continues to serve the community outside of our gallery as well. The extensive exhibition program we manage at Des Peres Hospital is now in its fourth consecutive year, having showcased over 800 original works by St. Louis regional artists and reached more than 75,000 viewers. It remains one of the region's largest rotating exhibitions of local art.

Elsewhere, our partnership with pavement artists Chalk Riot continues to transform the environs of St. Louis in arresting ways. Recent success includes a grant from the PNC Foundation in cooperation with Chalk Riot and San Francisco-based Heavy Projects to create an augmented reality-enabled pavement art experience around the Gateway Arch in 2018. We can hardly wait to share this project with tens of thousands of visitors to the Arch next year!


Endemic to any thriving community, any region where opportunities abound and talented people to come work and live, is high quality, accessible, local arts programming. Make no mistake about it: this is exactly what Art Saint Louis provides for St. Louis, every day.

Every Art Saint Louis exhibition offers the viewing public a rich spectrum of artistic expression and technical approach as artists from across the region vie for inclusion. Every exhibition theme is carefully designed to dually engage artists as much as the viewers their work reaches. Probing, universally relatable concepts like Good and Evil and Personal Space infuse every Art Saint Louis show with intellectual weight and cohesion while modeling a public discourse that celebrates diversity. And it is all offered with the highest presentation standards, free of charge, year round.

I can only hope it is as clear to you as it is to me that this kind of cultural activity is furthering our city's forward momentum, and that its social and economic value is significant. Because there is no better time than now to get behind it and support it.

Your friends at Art Saint Louis are working harder than ever to preserve and advance the organization's mission, especially in the wake of significant funding reductions from state agencies this fiscal year. Yes, it has been an exciting year with much success to celebrate, but exceptionally challenging nonetheless. While conversation on arts funding continues locally and nationally, and we remain hopeful, allow me to suggest that the verdict is already in: we cannot take the work of organizations like Art Saint Louis for granted.

You have the power to step up as an individual, take action and make a difference, to keep the mission of Art Saint Louis moving forward. Whether by making a financial contribution, by volunteering your time or professional expertise, or simply by spreading the word, the opportunity is before you to lead the way and achieve something special for St. Louis. With warm respect, I invite you to make the most of this moment.

Here's to the vitality of Art Saint Louis─of our region itself─for years to come.

With gratitude,

Chandler Branch
Executive Director

Support local art on Give STL Day, May 11, 2017

Over the last several years, one very special day, Give STL Day, has proven to be a tremendous help in raising support for the vital cultural work of Art Saint Louis. We’re excited to be part of Give STL Day again this year and invite your participation! Beginning at midnight on Thursday, May 11, and continuing for 24 hours only, online donations to Art Saint Louis through GiveSTLday.org will unlock possibilities for matching funds and additional donations from event sponsors. Check out https://www.givestlday.org/ArtStLouis, the Art Saint Louis page on GiveSTLday.org, for videos and testimonials on our work, and please help spread the word!

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, May 11, 2017, and plan to go online, give, spread the word and be assured that your support truly does make a difference for Art Saint Louis. We couldn't be more grateful for your help!

 

Meet the Artist: Caitlin McDonald

Meet visual artist Caitlin McDonald, emerging talent and participant in the 21st annual Varsity Art exhibition hosted by Art Saint Louis. Varsity Art XXI features artworks by 40 outstanding graduate and undergraduate students selected by art department faculty from 20 colleges and universities in the St. Louis area. Click here for more infomation on Varsity Art XXI

 

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