Up Next in the Gallery


Symbolic January 13 - February 14, 2018. FREE opening reception Saturday, January 13, 5-7 p.m.

Please join Art Saint Louis for our new juried exhibit, Symbolic, featuring new artworks by 49 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois.


Fiber Focus 2015

Fiber Focus 2015 • August 8 - October 8, 2015
FREE reception Saturday, October 3, 6-9 p.m. 

Please join Art Saint Louis for Fiber Focus 2015 exhibition featuring artworks by 43 artists from eight Midwestern regional states.

Graphic Design by Karen Pauls and Kathy Duffin.

Art Saint Louis presents Fiber Focus 2015, a juried contemporary fiber art exhibit that was open to artists residing in Missouri and the eight states that are contiguous to our border: Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

Artworks submitted for this exhibit were to focus on fiber as media as well as technique. Works in any fiber media or combination of fiber media were considered. Other media may be incorporated, however, the central or key element explored must clearly be fiber or fiber technique. All styles, techniques, media.

Fiber Focus 2015 is presented at Art Saint Louis, 1223 Pine Stree in downtown St. Louis, MO, August 8 through October 8, 2015. FREE reception & awards: Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6-9 p.m. with juror Marci Rae McDade.

Gallery hours are Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays.


Art Saint Louis' Fiber Focus exhibition has a wonderful history. Created 20 years ago, in 1995, we have had the good fortune to exhibit works by hundreds of excellent Midwest regional artists. Our esteemed previous jurors include outstanding key internationally-recognized figures working in contemporary fiber art:

1995    Barbara Lee Smith, artist, curator, lecturer, author
1997    Rebecca A.T. Stevens, artist, lecturer, author, curator, Textile Museum, Washington, D.C.
1999    Yoshiko Wada, artist, curator, author, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

2001    Laurel Reuter, author, Founding Director & Chief Curator, North Dakota Museum of Art
    Junco Sato Pollack, artist, Associate Professor of Art, Head of Textiles, School of Art & Design, Georgia State University, Atlanta
2005    Bhakti Ziek, textile artist, author, Randolph, VT
2007    Jane Sauer, artist, former owner, Jane Sauer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (currently resides in St. Louis, MO)
2009    Alice Zrebiec, curatorial consultant, Santa Fe, NM; consulting curator of Textile Art, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
2011    Lia Cook, artist, Professor of Art, Textiles and Graduate Studies at California College of Arts, Berkeley, CA

Marci Rae McDade, Fiber Focus 2015 JurorServing as Juror for Fiber Focus 2015 is artist Marci Rae McDade, Editor of Surface Design Journal (since 2012). She is also a mentor and instructor in the MFA Applied Craft + Design Program, cosponsored by the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, in Portland, Oregon.
Based in Portland, OR, McDade was previously Editor of Fiberarts magazine (March 2008-May 2011) until it ceased publication. McDade received a MFA in fiber and material studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007), completed a Fiber Emerging Artist Residency at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon (2007), and received a BA in film and video production from Columbia College Chicago (1994).
McDade has curated numerous contemporary art exhibitions including, most recently, Fail-safe: Discomforts Close to Home (2014), which debuted at Craft Alliance, St. Louis and traveled to Hap Gallery, Portland, Oregon. She also curated the well-received Girl on Guy: the object of my desire (2007) at A+D Gallery, Chicago, and Perfect: a group exhibition (2005-2007), which originated at the Chicago Cultural Center and traveled to several gallery and museum venues around the country. As a practicing fiber artist, Marci has exhibited her embroidered two-dimensional pieces and multi-media fiber installation work nationally in solo and group exhibitions.

Fiber Focus 2015 is presented with generous support from Missouri Arts Council, Regional Arts Commission, Surface Design Association, Missouri Fiber Artists, Weavers' Guild of Saint Louis, The Verna Wulfekammer Memorial Trust Fund of the Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild, and Karen Pauls.

Seventy-nine artists from eight Midwestern states submitted nearly 200 artworks in all fiber media & techniques for jurying from which Ms. McDade had to make her selections for this exhibition. From those entries, Marci selected 50 artworks by 43 artists for the final show. The artworks selected for this exhibition highlight fiber art and fiber techniques in a variety of themes and media including assemblage, basketry, beadwork, ceramics, crochet, dyeing, embroidery, felting, knitting, mixed media, paper, photography, quilting, sewing/stitching, surface design, tapestry, and more.

Congratulations to the following artists whose works have been purchased through this exhibit: Debra Akin, Rachelle Gardner-Roe, Dawn Ottensmeier, Taylor Painter-Wolfe, and Betty Shew.

Congratulations to the following artists whose artworks were selected for Awards by Juror Marci Rae McDade at our October 3 reception:
Best of Show Award presented in memory of artist Marjorie Hoeltzel: Joe Ford
The Weaver's Guild of St. Louis Award for Excellence in Woven Tapestry given in memory of Helen Wenzel: Mandy Pedigo
Missouri Fiber Artists' Award of Creative/Innovative Use of Fiber: Pattti Shanks
Surface Design Association Award for Emerging Voices: Catherine Reinhart
Honorable Mention: Jenna Leigh Richards
(5) Awards of Excellence: Donna Broyles, Carlene Fullerton, Marilyn Emerson Holtzer, Jaime Sawka, and Ann Miller Titus.

The 43 featured artists in Fiber Focus 2015 are:

Debra S. Akin, St. Louis, MO
Muhammad Alhawagri, St. Louis, MO
Donna M. Broyles, Alton, IL
Emily Chao, St. Louis, MO
Shin-hee Chin, McPherson, KS
Kacey Cowdery, Webster Groves, MO
Sara Drower, Wilmette, IL
Suzy Farren, Webster Groves, MO
Joe Ford, Jonesboro, AR
Carlene Fullerton, Richmond Heights, MO
Rachelle Gardner-Roe, Mission, KS
Stephanie Grubbs, Edmond, OK
Marilyn Emerson Holtzer, University City, MO

Cindy Houston, Bowling Green, KY
Laura Saunders Kaiser, St. Louis, MO
Lisa Kriner, Berea, KY
Jamie Lovell, East Peoria, IL
Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Morehead, KY
C Miller, Granite City, IL
Kristin Morland, Lawrence, KS
Dawn Ottensmeier, Brentwood, MO
Taylor Painter-Wolfe, Tulsa, OK
Alex Paradowski, St. Louis, MO
Mandy Pedigo, St. Louis, MO
Marti Plager, Louisville, KY
Lisa Nelson Raabe, Peoria Heights, IL
Catherine Reinhart, Ames, IA
Jennifer Reis, Morehead, KY

Jenna Leigh Richards, Champaign, IL

Luanne Rimel, Webster Groves, MO

Deann J. Rubin, St. Louis, MO
Jaime Sawka, Champaign, IL
Amy Schmierbach, Hays, KS
Jayson Schwaller, Hays, KS
Kristin Serafini, St. Louis, MO 
Patti Shanks, Columbia, MO
Betty Shew, St. Louis, MO
Megan Singleton, St. Louis, MO
Leandra Spangler, Columbia, MO
Becky Stevens, Belton, MO
Ann Miller Titus, Quincy, IL
Patricia Vivod, Troy, IL
Kathy Weaver, Highland Park, IL

Fiber Focus 2015

Juror's Statement
By Marci Rae McDade

“An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.” –Samuel Smiles


This quote by 19th century Scottish author and government reformer Samuel Smiles speaks to my long awaited pleasure of selecting the works of art included in Fiber Focus 2015. Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff, Art Saint Louis Artistic Director, invited me to take on this stimulating challenge in 2011 on the heels of Innovations in Textiles 9. The break in our plans filled the past four years with creative anticipation!

After hearing juror Lia Cook’s gallery talk at Art Saint Louis' Fiber Focus 2011 reception, I was so impressed with the scope and variety of work on display that I extended my trip to spend more time with the show. A quiet morning of research, intimately contemplating the technical merits and artistic intentions of each piece, resulted in articles for Surface Design Journal and SDA NewsBlog.

As an advocate for meaningful change, Samuel Smiles championed the notion that more progress comes from new attitudes rather than more rules. This was a consideration for each entry, as I looked for pieces that expanded our collective understanding of contemporary fiber art, and sought to enhance public appreciation for it in new ways.

Robin coached me through the online process, making jurying this year’s show from digital submissions both effortless and enjoyable. Every step of the way, she has been incredibly kind and generous with her time, and patient as I narrowed the final checklist for this exciting exhibition. My only regret is that there is not twice the space to include all of the pieces worthy of celebration. Robin’s curatorial expertise in arranging the work into beautiful conversations about materials, technique, color, and form, brings my virtual experience of jurying all of the submissions to life.

For me, the most potent forms of art have a magical balance of craft and concept. The pieces I am most drawn to in any media, especially textiles and fiber, possess a power to capture the present moment. When viewing these works in person, unique elements of their physical construction—material choices, time revealed in the making, aspects of composition—join together with potent conceptual agendas to speak to me on a deeper level. The works chosen for Fiber Focus 2015 reflect my belief in the power of art to capture glimpses of our shared humanity and desire to mark the passage of time through the creation of meaningful objects. The ubiquitous nature of textile and fiber materials and techniques, with their innate relationship to the body, home, comfort, and protection, afford them the ability to touch the hearts and minds of viewers from all walks of life, ages, and backgrounds.

It is clear from reading the juror statements of my predecessors that we all share a commitment to selecting works that display technical prowess and captivating concepts. On a more subjective level, I was also drawn to pieces that possess a sense of mystery and unexpected beauty. The exhibition can be viewed as an exciting survey of dynamic work being made by Midwest artists today. It has been an honor to be this year’s juror, and I thank Art Saint Louis, and all of the artists who applied, for the opportunity to learn more about this ever-evolving realm of the contemporary art world.

Marci Rae McDade
Editor of Surface Design Journal


Our Fiber Focus 2015 exhibition is presented in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 10, a collaborative event in the St. Louis, MO region, that investigates the state of contemporary textile arts. Over 20 nonprofit and private arts organizations join forces from August through November 2015 to present exhibitions related to fiber art created by national and international artists. Activities include workshops, lectures, gallery tours, and community programs. Innovations in Textiles 10 serves to enlighten the community with a unique aesthetic prospective on fiber art featuring various materials and techniques. The broad range of programming offered mirrors the symposium’s dedication to the investigation of innovative ideas.

Innovations in Textiles 10 really comes together on the weekend of October 2-4, 2015 with a free gallery hop on Friday, October 2 (participants tba on the Innovations website). Then, on Saturday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. at CAMSTL, the free Keynote speech for the event is presented by Jenelle Porter, Independent Curator and partner in Purtill Family Business, a Los Angeles design studio specializing in art books. From 2011-15, she was Mannion Family Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA. Ms. Porter most recently served as Curator of the traveling fiber art exhibition, Fiber: Sculpture—1960-Present. After the Keynote Speech on Saturday, a gallery bus tour ($45 advance reservation, limited seating) will follow. All gallery talks are free & open to the public, see schedule here. The day wraps up with a free reception at Art Saint Louis for Fiber Focus 2015 from 6-9 p.m. with Juror Marci Rae McDade. On Sunday, October 4, to wrap up the big weekend, a free self-guided gallery & studio tour is held at studios/galleries in Alton & Edwardsville, IL. For information on all related events, partners and exhibitions, visit the Innovations website.

Some of the 50 artworks featured in Fiber Focus 2015: 

Lisa Nelson Raabe, Peoria Heights, IL. "Calm Down." 2015. Vintage Doily Embellished with Beads & Embroidery. 13.5”x10.5”. $500. Marilyn Emerson Holtzer, University City, MO. "Chemo Brain II." 2013. Handwoven Tapestry using Silk Wefts on Linen Warps. 8.5”x8.5”. Not for Sale. This artwork was selected by Juror Marci Rae McDade for an Award of Excellence. Alex Paradowski, St. Louis, MO. "Self-Portrait." 2015. Cotton Fabric, Varnished Crochet Thread, 47.5”x47.5”. $2,500.
 Amy Schmierbach, Hays, KS. "Goosebumps." 2012. Wool, Crochet, 18”x30”x3”. $250. Jenna Leigh Richards, Champaign, IL. "Yellow Cotton Skirt." 2014. White Earthenware, 6”x10”x8”. $700. This artwork was selected by Juror Marci Rae McDade for an Honorable Mention. Joe Ford, Jonesboro, AR. "Pangloss." 2013. Worn Denim, Recycled Denim Batting, Flannel Backing, 82”x63”x4”. $5,000. This artwork was selected by Juror Marci Rae McDade for the Best of Show Award presented in Memory of artist Marjorie Hoeltzel.
Muhammad Alhawagri, St. Louis, MO. "A Conflict of Threads." 2015. Photographic Silver Print on Paper, 32”x32”. $900. Jennifer Reis, Morehead, KY." Warrior (Blood Orange)." 2014. Embellished Textile Assemblage, 30”x18”. $1,200.         Kacey Cowdery, Webster Groves, MO. "Path of Life." 2014. Cotton Poplin, Cotton Muslin, Printed by Collography Method, Painted Paper Mandala from Nepal, Natural Preserved Ginko Leaves, Leaves Lined with Polyester, Blanket Stitched with Floss, French Knots, 40”x40”. $1,600.
Jaime Sawka, Champaign, IL. "Consolation Prizes." 2014. Ex-Boyfriend’s Sweatshirts, Pewter, Glass Beads. 24”x28”x3”. $2,100. Elizabeth Mesa-Gaido, Morehead, KY. "Then and Now: Cotton Swabs." 2013. Hand-Dyed, Pleated, Hand Stitched Organza on Stretched Linen, Digital Manipulated Historical Cuban Government Photographs*, Heat-Transfer Printing * photo credit Cienfuegocity.org, 10”x20”. $900. Deann J. Rubin, St. Louis, MO. "Y is for Why Block." 2014. Handwoven Tapestry, 6”x6”x6”. $975.

Join us for Honor Awards 2013

Art Saint Louis cordially invites you to Honor Awards 2013, the inaugural exhibition in our new gallery at 1223 Pine Street in downtown St. Louis! Honor Awards 2013 features works by ten Award-winning artists as curated by sculptor Matt Wilt, Assistant Professor, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York.  

Graphic Design by Phoenix Creative Co.

This exhibit is on view through Thursday, August 1, 2013. Gallery hours are Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday, July 29, 10-4, Tuesday, July 30, 10-5; we'll stay open late Wednesday, July 31 with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and the exhibit closes on Thursday, August 1, with hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


From nineteen St. Louis regional artists who received Awards of Excellence in our juried exhibitions at Art Saint Louis during (with the exception of one artist from a 2011 exhibit), exhibit Curator Matt Wilt was tasked with selecting only ten artists and the artworks to be exhibited in this year's "Honor Awards 2013."


The artists and works that Wilt selected represent a unique range of voices and themes, styles, media and techniques, and we are pleased to share their works with you.


The ten artists featured in the exhibition are:


Jason Ackman, Rushville, IL

Kyle Coffin, Peoria, IL 

Christa Gearhart Denney, University City, MO      

Dominic Finocchio, St. Louis, MO

Christine Giancola, St. Louis, MO 

Leslie Holt, Hyattsville, MD

Jeff Hursey, Belleville, IL

Nichole Lance, Granite City, IL

Marceline Saphian, Chesterfield, MO

Marjorie Williamson, University City, MO



Congratulations to Nichole Lance and Marjorie Williamson who have both sold an artwork through this exhibition.




Jason Ackman. "Things We Choose To Forget." 2012. Reclaimed Lumber and Latex House Paint, 55.5”x28.5”x14”. Kyle Coffin. "Knowing Dorothy." 2011. Oil on Linen, 44"x60".                                        Christa Gearhart Denney. "Likeneww." 2013. Digital Image on Canvas, Mixed Media, Found Frame, 12"x14".

 Dominic FInocchio. "A Pretense of Ignorance." 2013. Oil on Canvas, 16"x20".
 Christine Giancola. "I Remember,” New York City. 2011. Digital Print from Film Scan, 20"x24".
Leslie Holt. "Unspeakable TERROR." 2012. Embroidery on Canvas, 16"x20".

 Jeff Hursey. "B-1-6." 2011. Oil on Canvas, 48"x36".
Nichole Lance. "Incipient Species." 2012. Acrylic, Image Transfer, Gouache, Oils on Paper, 28”x36”. Marceline Saphian. "Fractured. 3." 2013. Monotype/Montage on Paper. 16.5"x16.5".

Marjorie Williamson. "Self-Portrait Summer." 2012. Oil on Canvas, 18"x18". 


Honor Awards 2015

Honor Awards 2015 • June 6 - July 23, 2015 • FREE opening reception Saturday, June 6, 6-8 p.m. 

Please join Art Saint Louis for Honor Awards 2015 exhibition featuring new artworks by ten award-winning artists curated from our 2014 juried exhibitions.

Graphic design by Kathy Duffin

Honor Awards 2015 features 56 artworks by ten St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois. The artworks include ceramics, drawings, mixed media, paintings, and photography.

The exhibit is presented June 6-July 23, 2015. A free opening reception is held Saturday, June 6, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays. Closed Fourth of July holiday & weekend: July 3-4.

Serving as Curator of this exhibit was artist Margaret Keller, Professor Art, St. Louis Community College Meramec, St. Louis, MO. Keller is an internationally exhibited artist and art critic whose reviews and writings have been published in Art in America, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, New Art Examiner, and Review.

Our Honor Awards exhibition is an annual exhibit presented to give our Award of Excellence-winning artists from the previous year's juried exhibitions an additional opportunity to show their newest or recent works and have them curated into a special ten-artist exhibition in the ASL Gallery.

Although this is a curated exhibit, it is still highly competitive. For this exhibit, 26 St. Louis regional artists were eligible to submit works for curating and consideration for this show—those 26 artists were those who earned Awards of Excellence in our 2014 juried exhibits here at Art Saint Louis. Our Exhibit Curator, Margaret Keller, considered over 200 artworks in all media by those 26 artists, and her main task or role was to select only ten artists and the artworks to be exhibited for the final show.

The ten featured artists in Honor Awards 2015 are:

Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL
Jo Jasper Dean, Chesterfield, MO 
Christa Gearhart Denney, University City, MO
Naxin Fan, Fenton, MO

Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO

Damon Gaspar, St. Louis, MO 
Beth Goyer, Des Peres, MO
Kerry Hirth, Columbia, MO
Russ Rosener, St. Louis, MO

David M. Yates, Edwardsville, IL



We also invite you to join us in the Gallery on Saturday, July 11, when we host a free one-hour Gallery talk at 11 a.m. with several of the featured artists from the current exhibit, Honor Awards 2015. Guests may enjoy complimentary coffee tastings courtesy of Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters Cafe while learning about the artists and their artworks. Artists may bring in samples of their other work or present a brief demo of their media & techniques. This is a walk-and-talk presentation, so guests will walk with the artists through the Gallery as they talk about their works on view in the exhibition. Seating is limited.

Saturday, July 11, 11 a.m.

Kerry Hirth, drawing
Russ Rosener, photography

David M. Yates, painting

Some of the 56 artworks featured in Honor Awards 2015: 

Lon Brauer. "Horizon." 2015. Oil on Panel, 38"x26". $1,650. Jo Jasper Dean. "Madagascar Screwpine." 2014. Oil on Canvas, 48"x36". $1,800. Christa Gearhart Denney. "Self Portrait #3." 2013. Oil on Paper, Found Frame, 20"x24". Not for Sale.
Naxin Fan. "Untitled 2." 2015. Gunpowder Drawing on Paper, 55"x45". SOLD. Mark A. Fisher. "John's Modern Cabins, Jerome, Missouri." 2014. Digital Photograph, 22"x30". $395. Damon Gaspar. "Caballo Gasparado II." 2013. Oil on Canvas, 24"x36". $1,500.
Beth Goyer. "Edfu-Temple of Horus." 2015. Digital Photograph, 18"x24". $250. Kerry Hirth. Detail view: "Scarlatti Sonata K27 Part 3 (Siberian Ribbons)." 2015. Pastel on Paper, 12"x36". $600. Russ Rosener. "Deathscalator." 2014. Photograph, Inkjet Print, 20"x30". $200.
David M. Yates. "American Civil Warbler." 2015. Oil on Canvas, 37.5"x49.5". $5,000.

Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition


Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition is a juried exhibition featuring works in all media by 43 St. Louis regional artists from Missouri and Illinois.

Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition • October 26-December 26, 2013 • FREE opening reception Saturday, November 16, 6-9 p.m


Graphic design by Phoenix Creative Co.

ease join Art Saint Louis for our 29th annual all media, all styles, all themes juried exhibition in our New Gallery, Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition.

Serving as juror for this year's exhibit is Mr. Buzz Spector. An artist and critic whose artwork has been the focus of exhibitions in such museums and galleries as the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Mattress Factory, Orange County Museum of Art, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Spector works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography, printmaking, book arts, and installation. He has also written extensively on topics in contemporary art and culture, contributing reviews and essays to a number of publications, including American CraftArtforum, and New Art Examiner. A volume of selected interviews with Spector, Buzzwords, is newly in print from Sara Ranchouse Publishing, Chicago, and Spector is also the author of The Book Maker's Desire, critical essays on topics in contemporary art and artists' books (Umbrella Editions, 1995). Spector earned his B.A. in Art from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1972, and his M.F.A. at the University of Chicago in 1978. Spector is the Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman Jr. Professor of Art and Dean of the College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

For this exhibit, 133 artists from the St. Louis region, which includes a surrounding 200-mile radius, submitted 583 artworks in all media for Mr. Spector's consideration for this exhibition. From those entries, Buzz selected 50 artworks by 43 artists for the final exhibit.

Art St. Louis XXIX begins on October 26. A free opening reception was held at Art Saint Louis on Saturday, November 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit remains on view through Thursday, December 26, 2013.

Gallery hours are Mondays 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays 7 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sundays & holidays (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day). Free & open to the public.

Works by the following 43 artists were selected for this exhibition:
Jeff Boshart
, Charleston, IL

Lon Brauer, Granite City, IL
Jim Burwinkel, St. Louis, MO
Blake Carroll, Imperial, MO
John P. Cooper, St. Louis, MO     
Adrian Cox, St. Louis, MO
Shannon K. Dougherty, St. Louis, MO
John Dean, O’Fallon, MO
Frank Enger, St. Louis, MO
Suzy Farren, Webster Groves, MO
Dominic Finocchio, St. Louis, MO
Daniel Fishback, Florissant, MO
Mark A. Fisher, St. Charles, MO
Carol Fleming, Ladue, MO
Steve Frank, St. Louis, MO
Nicole Fry, Caseyville, IL
Christine Giancola, Florissant, MO
M.J. Goerke, St. Louis, MO
John M. Goessmann, St. Louis, MO
Ann Homann, St. Louis, MO     
Hwang (Bo) Kim, Lake St. Louis, MO
Joanne Kluba, St. Louis, MO
Terry Lay, St. Louis, MO
Dustin Lucas, O’Fallon, IL
Katherine Nelson, Chesterfield, MO
John Newman, St. Louis, MO     
Erica Popp, Clayton, MO         
Samuel Preston, Wood River, IL
Danica Radoshevich, St. Louis, MO
Jonathan M. Reinert, St. Louis, MO
Manda Remmen, Maplewood, MO
Dave Rocco, St. Louis, MO
Michael Rudolf, University City, MO
Scott R. Schlapkohl, Godfrey, IL
Sydnor Scholer, St. Louis, MO
Sun Smith-Fôret, Elsah, IL
Dennis Staffne, St. Louis, MO
Ann Miller Titus, Quincy, IL
Ron Vivod, Collinsville, IL
Maggie Wheelock, St. Louis, MO
Marjorie Williamson, University City, MO   
Elizabeth Willey, St. Louis, MO
Ken Wood, St. Louis, MO


Congratulations to the following five artists whose artworks were selected by Juror Buzz Spector to receive Awards of Excellence in recognition for having outstanding artworks in this exhibition: Adrian Cox, Hwang (Bo) Kim, Dustin Lucas, Sydnor Scholer, and Sun Smith-Fôret.

Congratulations to Nicole Fry, Scott Schlapkohl and Elizabeth Willey on the sales of their artworks through this exhibit.


Join us in the Gallery on the following Saturdays when we host free one-hour Gallery talks at 11 a.m. with featured artists from the current exhibit, Art St. Louis XXIX. Guests can enjoy complimentary coffee tastings courtesy of Mississippi Mud Coffee Roasters while learning about the artists and their artworks.

Some of the artists may bring in samples of their other work or also present a demo of their media & techniques. This is a walk & talk Gallery Talk, so guests will walk with the artists as they talk about their works in the Gallery. Seating is very limited.

Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m.
Katherine Nelson
John Newman

Saturday, November 9, 11 a.m.
Joanne Kluba
Elizabeth Willey

Saturday, November 23, 11 a.m.
Nicole Fry
Dave Rocco


Saturday, December 7, 11 a.m.
Dustin Lucas
Sun Smith-Fôret

Saturday, December 14, 11 a.m.
Maggie Wheelock
Dennis Staffne



Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition

Juror’s Statement
"A long life in art affords opportunities of various sorts for a person to cultivate critical judgment. Every artist, after all, judges his or her own work during and after its making, and implicit in anyone’s studio production is the critique of those artworks by others whose premises contradict one’s own artistic values. Indeed, the transition from art student to artist is as likely to come from a rendered judgment (“That sculpture is bad art,” or “That picture has no justification for having been painted”) as from the grasp one suddenly has of the connections between one’s own use of materials and ideas. The connection I draw here is based on a simple premise: that one must be standing somewhere in order to reject standing elsewhere.
At different moments in my professional life I have juried artist grant applications, passed judgment on nominations for artist fellowships, and even participated in the selection of artists to represent the United States at international biennial exhibits. In each of these endeavors my judgments were by and large rejections of the works of artists of established professional standing; which means they’d probably all been rejected many times before. As a working artist, this is a long running circumstance in my own career, but this is not the case for the younger artists among those submitting work to the Art Saint Louis XXIX competition. If their experience is like mine, they may have been rejected in love, jobs, or college applications (all matters of great life consequence) but not many times before for an art exhibit. For persons aspiring to live the artist’s life, the first rejection can remain the most painful.
Let me recognize here first, then, the young artists whose work I did not select for this exhibit. Their work almost unanimously possessed merits that another juror than I may have preferred. For the more experienced artists I did not select I offer as well my appreciation of their endeavor. Lines well drawn and forms well-crafted are present in work you won’t see in my selection here, but I encourage all who applied to keep at their work and the project of learning how to see it better; see it for itself beyond the shadows of ambition and expectation.
Let me share with you my premises for accepting the art on display. First and foremost I looked for evidence of understanding of how materials and techniques work together to make the finished work. Secondly, I looked for evidence of craftsmanship appropriate to the meaning I presumed each individual work to express. I specifically DO NOT mean by this that I expected excellence of craft to be of value, in itself, as something apart from the form of the work. There is plenty of art on view before publics elsewhere that seems to invite us to ask, “How did she do that?” or else “How long did that take?” Trust me, these are not the most important questions that art is capable of raising. I would argue, in fact, that whenever the technique by which a work is fashioned becomes itself the subject of our gaze, whatever other things the work was made to say are being obscured. The best technique is an invisible armature; it operates to direct our attention through itself toward the meanings the artist wishes to share.
This brings me to a third selection criterion, that something of the wholeness of a life is implied in any fashioned thing. There is no absolute value implicit in any material choice for making an artwork, but even the merest quotidian material can be made to offer eloquent testimony of the meaning within its presence on view. In this regard, the individual work evokes not only a community of similar objects, but a public whose customs of appreciation are worth learning about. In this sense, then, we find another way of interpreting the “originality” of a work of art. I am not resident in the imaginary communities conjured up here and there in the works on view, but I am grateful that each brought me, at least momentarily, to places I had not been before."

— Buzz Spector



Some of the 50 artworks featured in Art St. Louis XXIX, The Exhibition: 

Davey Rocco, St. Louis, MO. "Wind Dance." 2013. Silver Gelatin Print, 16”x20”. $65. John P. Cooper, St. Louis, MO. "Montrose, NE." 2011. Digital Photograph, 30”x36”. $350. Katherine Nelson, Chesterfield, MO . "Snow Shift." 2011. Charcoal, Pastel on Paper, 26”x33”. Not for Sale.
 Jonathan M. Reinert, St. Louis, MO. "Burrow." 2012. Cardboard, Paint, Found Objects on Canvas, 40”x30”x6”. $500. Steve Frank, St. Louis, MO. "Knot." 2012. Wood, Painted Finish, 13”x17”x12”. $1,200. John Dean, O’Fallon, MO. "River Crossing." 2013. Acrylic on Canvas, 12”x12”. $485.
Jeff Boshart, Charleston, IL. "Two Hand Man Saw." 2013. Repurposed Materials, 12”x18”x4”. $300. Nicole Fry, Caseyville, IL. Night Song II." 2013. Watercolor, Gouache over Image Transfer on Paper, 12”x12”. $150. Samuel Preston, Wood River, IL. "The First Day of Spring." 2012. Oil on Panel, 16”x26”. $900.
Ken Wood, St. Louis, MO. "Strata Series #37, State II." 2013. Collagraph, Relief Print on Paper, 32”x24”. $500. Hwang (Bo) Kim, Lake St. Louis, MO. "Small Faith." 2013. Oil on Board, 22”x30”. $3,500. This artwork was selected for an Award of Excellence by Juror Buzz Spector

Sydnor Scholer, St. Louis, MO. "Untitled." 2013. Watercolor, Graphite, Colored Pencil on Paper, 16”x20”, Not for Sale. This artwork was selected for an Award of Excellence by Juror Buzz Spector.

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