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Peter Palermo grew up in Jefferson City and Grand Island, Nebraska.
Ray Marklin Photography

The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries has chosen a executive director.

Peter Palermo, who has a theater-and-music production background, comes to The Sheldon from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois, where, in 2006, he was founding director of McKendree’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts.

From left, Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, Miriam Ruiz and Colin McLaughlin joined Thursday's show  for a focus on immigration, labor and identity through a creative lens.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

While planning for the 20th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Galleries, director Olivia Lahs-Gonzales and her team could have looked to the past, drawing material for this fall’s exhibits from hundreds of retrospective possibilities. But they opted to celebrate the future instead.

“I thought, ‘What better way – since we serve our community – [than] to focus on our immigrant communities and celebrate them and show all of the range of contributions and the issues that surround [immigration], especially in today’s world?’” Lahs-Gonzales said Thursday on St. Louis on the Air. “I think it was really fitting to kind of look out, forward, rather than looking backward.”

She joined host Don Marsh alongside Miriam Ruiz, community programs manager for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Colin McLaughlin, musical director for Bread & Roses Missouri, to discuss how the Sheldon and other artistically inclined entities and individuals are deepening St. Louisans' understanding of social issues in creative ways.

Switch’s “The Gateway Green – A Hole-in-One for STL” installation at the Sheldon Art Galleries.
Alex Heuer | St. Louis Public Radio

There are many art galleries and exhibits in St. Louis, but none combine the classic game of mini-golf with art like the Sheldon Art Galleries’ current exhibition, "Golf the Galleries: Artist-Designed Mini Golf."

“[Golf the Galleries] brings together design aspects and play – so art and fun,” Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, director of the Sheldon Art Galleries, told St. Louis on the Air producer Alex Heuer as they putted their way through the gallery on Friday’s program.

Award-winning filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall talks about her interactive art exhibit at the Sheldon Art Galleries.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

Two people can look at the same photo and interpret it completely different. Filmmaker and media-artist Jill Evans Petzall recognizes that and incorporates it in her artwork.

Courtesy, the Sheldon Art Gallery

A visitor finds it difficult to move along to the next picture when he’s looking at Radcliffe Bailey’s absorbing and  many-layered glittery print, “Tricky 3.” This large, complex and challenging picture at the Sheldon Art Galleries sets the tone for a new exhibition, “Printmaking in St. Louis Now.” In size,  scope, substance and intention, the show qualifies as a respectable blockbuster.

Director of Sheldon Art Galleries Olivia Lahs-Gonzales joined artist Larry Krone to discuss Krone's exhibit at the Sheldon, "The Best, Best Everything."
Aine O'Connor | St. Louis Public Radio

Nationally-known multimedia artist Larry Krone grew up in St. Louis, but has not returned for a major exhibition of his work since 2006. On Friday, Oct. 2, that changes when the Sheldon Art Galleries opens an exhibition of his pieces, which combine found textiles, graphics and craft materials with his own artistic stamp.

Then and Now (Cape Collaboration)
Larry Krone

Nationally-known multi-media artist Larry Krone grew up in St. Louis but has not returned to exhibit his work since 2006. On Friday, Oct. 2, that changes when the Sheldon Art Galleries opens an exhibition of his pieces, which combine found textiles, graphics and craft materials with his own artistic stamp.

Sheldon Art Galleries Director Olivia Lahs-Gonzales takes a photo of Aurelia Hartenberger as she plays a bird ocarina from South America on 'Cityscape' on Feb. 6, 2015.
Katie Cook / St. Louis Public Radio

It started as a garage sale purchase, and grew. Last month, music professor Aurelia Hartenberger and her husband donated 2,500 instruments to the Sheldon Art Galleries.

Bridge-Spouted Whistling Vessel, Inca, Peru, 1400-1500 CE, 8 x 7.5 x 3 inches, Collection of the Sheldon Art Galleries, Hartenberger World Music Collection
Provided By the Sheldon Art Galleries

The Sheldon Art Galleries in Grand Center is the new owner of a collection of musical instruments worth more than $2 million.

Local university music professor Aurelia Hartenberger spent more than 40 years accumulating 2,500 instruments from nearly every continent. Some are contemporary, others date back 3,000 years.

The Sheldon Presents Photos Of St. Louis At 250 Years

Jun 27, 2014
Nic Tullis

The Sheldon has its own way of celebrating St. Louis’ birthday. Its new exhibit "The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs" stemmed from a city-wide photo contest the Sheldon launched with the Beacon (now part of St. Louis Public Radio) that received over 500 entries. Focusing on photos of the city as it is today, the exhibit is a companion to the Sheldon's “Imagining the Founding of St. Louis.” Together, they offer a then and now view for the city’s 250th celebration.

Sheldon Photo Contest Winners Show St. Louis With Affection

Jun 4, 2014
Courtesy of Sheldon Art Galleries

How do you see St. Louis? That was the question the Sheldon Art Galleries posed as it asked people to send their photographic answer for prizes and a chance to have their work shown.

This Friday, June 6, The City at 250 - A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs opens to reveal stories of the city, shown with affection.

Dan Younger

On display now at the Sheldon Art Galleries is “Dan Younger: Travel Places,” a collection of photographs by University of Missouri-St. Louis Art Professor Dan Younger.  

The photographs were taken at U.S. tourist destinations over the span of ten years, the result of Younger’s habit of carrying two cameras – one for his family and one for art. Taken in public spaces, they fall under the category of “street photography.”

Private Collection / courtesy Kodner Gallery

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the Sheldon Art Galleries has organized a major exhibition depicting the founding of the city and the people involved. Imagining the Founding of St. Louis includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by a variety of noted artists.

Sheldon Art Galleries Director and co-curator of the exhibit Olivia Lahs-Gonzales commented, “Obviously this all happened before the advent of photography so there was no photographer on the boat with the explorers, so it’s really left up to artists to kind of imagine what it was like.”

Review: Sheldon show features early works of Edward Boccia

Mar 15, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 15, 2013 - If you visited the Saint Louis University Museum of Art and caught the Edward Boccia exhibition before it came down on March 3, you owe it to yourself to stop by the Sheldon to view the artist’s earlier works found there. If you did not have a chance to see Boccia’s powerful, overflowing triptychs and large-scale paintings when they were at SLUMA, you have even more reason to take advantage of this second opportunity to explore the artist’s work.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 19, 2013 - How do you mark a full century of memories? If you’re The Sheldon, you ask four photographers to capture “100 Moments,” an exhibit depicting almost every corner of the venerable concert hall and art galleries.

The photographs of Ray Marklin, Odell Mitchell Jr., Kathleen M. Sanker and Jennifer Silverberg explore concerts, art showings, weddings and other Sheldon events in an exhibit opening Friday night.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 5, 2012 - St. Louis native Al Hirschfeld captured the face of Broadway by capturing the faces of Broadway in a few brilliant lines.

During his eight-decade caricature career, Hirschfeld lovingly documented thousands of Broadway stars and other celebrities with his pen-and-ink drawings. Hidden within many of the the curls and angles of his renderings, and literally illustrating Hirschfeld’s playful nature, is the name of his daughter Nina.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 16, 2012 - Get seven openings for the price of one -- although all are free -- at the Sheldon Friday night.

In its Bellwether gallery, the Sheldon presents "Liquid Terrain: 20 Years of Works on Paper by Eva Lundsager," exploring the worlds between landscape and abstraction. In the gallery of photography, "Edge of Darkness: Photographs by Steve Giovinco and Tim Simmons" examines the very moment at which light disappears.

This article first appeared in th St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 7, 2012 - Patti Gabriel supported herself and her two children through freelance photography, a job that demands constant searching for jobs that pay well. For years, she seldom had the luxury of shooting -- and showing -- something she did just because she wanted to. That freedom to do speculative documentary work, work she sees as helping others, makes much more special her upcoming show at the Sheldon: "Northern Haiti: Human Landscape."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 5, 2012 - Every morning as I open the front door of my apartment I look southward. Looming in the middle distance and, by the way, bringing me enormous visual pleasure, is a huge grain elevator, one of those rhythmically shapely Rubensesque tours-de-force in concrete construction, so magnificent that someone or another once called them Cathedrals of the Prairie.

Review: Sheldon offers riffs on New Orleans

Nov 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 30, 2011 - "Ralston Crawford and Jazz" at the Sheldon Art Galleries is a breathtaking survey of the artist's works after 1949, when the city and culture of New Orleans took on an increasingly powerful influence for him.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 9, 2011 -"Poems by Bobby Thiel" by St. Louis artists Gina Alvarez and Jana Harper, now on view at the Sheldon Art Galleries, is a lovely, totally disarming collection of mixed media works produced by the artists during a residency in Maryland.

Review: 'Maturity' strengthens muse

Nov 4, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2010 - I'm prone to believing that artists are able to defy the process of aging.

To me, it seems that once they've achieved a level of technical achievement and confidence in expression, they become timeless in a way, impervious to the effects of the passing years, suspended blissfully in their artistic stride. This belief no doubt stems from the will to deny my own aging and pending mortality; but it also blinds me to the profound benefits of years of lived history and accumulated experience.

Review: Spehn shows new direction at Sheldon

Jul 16, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 16, 2010 - For a number of years, St. Louis artist Erik Spehn has been producing beautiful, delicate abstractions using masking tape to lie down and remove strips of paint.

Recently, the artist began using the paint-covered, discarded strips of masking tape to make new works that he calls "Tape Drawings," and several are currently on view in the Sheldon's Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Gallery.

Sheldon reveals more of Wallace Herndon Smith

Jul 6, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 6, 2010 - The Sheldon Art Galleries regularly features themed exhibitions of paintings by Wallace Herndon Smith, the venerable St. Louis artist who died in 1990, to expose wider audiences to its sizable collection of Smith’s accomplished work.

The current exhibit in the Sheldon’s Bellwether Gallery includes several intimate paintings of figures, mainly in interiors, and they reveal what Smith did best: balance realism and close observation with a degree of modernist abstraction inherited from his European artistic forebears.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 25, 2010 - "Decadense," the exhibition of recent paintings by Cindy Tower at Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd., treats the decrepit, abandoned factory buildings around East St. Louis to even tighter gnarls and more breathless density than in her previous go-round with the subject.

Review: Sheldon galleries go together well

Oct 5, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2009 - It's always astonishing how consistently good the art exhibitions at the Sheldon are. The six separate art galleries may feel and look like an annexed afterthought of the concert hall, but the exhibitions that occupy them are always first-rate.

Quite often they even feel nicely coordinated with one another, as is the case with three of the current exhibitions, "The Language of Objects: New Works by Jane Birdsall-Lander and Jo Stealey," "William Christenberry: Southern Artifacts," and "Jessica Miekeley: American Framing."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 16, 2009 - The Bruno David Gallery has an eclectic mix of appealing shows this month.

Missouri artist Damon Freed shows "Calm, Cool, Coherent," a collection of large canvases featuring luscious, abstract color fields bounded by notched, hard edges. They're informed by Chinese landscape painting and have the exquisite modulations of color field painters, such as Mark Rothko, or minimalists, such as Max Cole.

Review: James M. Smith at the Sheldon

Sep 21, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: September 21, 2008 - James M. Smith’s new show at the Sheldon, What Came Before, shows the artist moving in a more sculptural direction and moving deeper into themes he has often broached in his long career.