Symbolism in Art

HEC-TV spotlights Symbolic, Art Saint Louis's opening exhibition of 2018. The new exhibition features artworks that depict, incorporate or are otherwise are inspired by symbols; where symbolism itself is the subject matter or an expressive means to address other subjects. 54 new artworks by 49 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois comprise the show, incluing works in collage, drawing, fiber, glass, handmade paper, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Click here for more info on Symbolic.

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 will unlock possibilities for matching funds and additional donations from event sponsors. Check out, the Art Saint Louis page on, 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

Catalyst Coffee Bar: A New Cultural Outlet for St. Louis

Art Saint Louis is overhauling the former Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters café, upgrading, re-branding and folding it into our nonprofit work in an effort to broaden the audience for local art, generate renewable income and ensure our sustainability as a nonprofit organization. Introducing Catalyst Coffee Bar! We’re taking our 2013 art/coffee hybrid concept to a new level, and we need your help! We invite you to check out Kickstarter, get involved and help yourself to some fantastic rewards!

Art Saint Louis is a special place where our region’s best visual art is showcased year-round, in an atmosphere which is as inviting and comfortable as it is professionally curated and maintained. We believe that specialty coffee of the highest quality is the perfect complement to this mission – in fact, it is a catalyst to make it possible. Hence the name Catalyst Coffee Bar.

This project is the culmination of prodigious hours of planning and labor to make the creative work of our region’s artists part of everyday life for more people in our community. At the same time this project represents our nonprofit organization’s passionate commitment to wise stewardship through responsible, mission-driven entrepreneurship. In short, the vision for Catalyst Coffee Bar is equal parts impact and sustainability. We hope you’ll share this vision with us.







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