Hello and welcome to our post about art in St Louis. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be thoroughly covered here for you today.
This intro will be short and sweet because we know your time is valuable. Kicking this off by getting right into the best St Louis Art Galleries and Museums seems like our best course of action.
We will also share a list of the best art stores in your area for when you need to pick up some new materials or supplies. And of course the best shows and events can’t be forgotten.
On a warm day consider going on an art walking tour or by stroll around town to some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the nicer art schools in St Louis wouldn’t be a bad idea either if you hope to improve your skills.
Renting out an art studio when the time is right could make it more likely that your next project is a success. Dealers, appraisers, and framing services will also get their own sections as we progress.
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Best Art Galleries & Museums In St Louis
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in St Louis you can head to:
- Saint Louis Art Museum at 1 Fine Arts Dr
- Contemporary Art Museum St Louis at 3750 Washington Blvd
- Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at 1 Brookings Dr
- PHD Gallery at 2300 Cherokee St
- Philip Slein Gallery at 4735 McPherson Ave
- Atrium Gallery at 665 S Skinker Blvd
- Urb Arts at 2600 N 14th St
- Soulard Art Gallery at 2028 S 12th St
- 10th Street Gallery at 419 N 10th St
- Art Saint Louis at 1223 Pine St
- William Shearburn Fine Art at 665 S Skinker Blvd
There are almost 35,000 objects spanning over 5,000 years at the St Louis Art Museum which you can check out from 10am to 5pm most days but they are closed all day Monday and stay open until 9pm on Friday. One of their main exhibitions is called Storm of Progress which covers German Art over a 200 year period and they have classes for teens and adults plus on the final Friday of each month they host their Slam Underground events from 7pm to 10pm.
The Contemporary Art Museum opens at 10am Thursday through Sunday while being closed the rest of the week and they offer in-depth art-training programs near you for teens with a focus on contemporary practices. You might also want to try out their Family Days programs that are held twice a year, another one of their popular events is Play Dates on the second Saturday of every month, and their First Fridays are a can’t miss.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is open from 11am to 5pm every day but Tuesday when they are closed and it is one of the oldest teaching museums in the country.
You can find an efficient art selection process that can handle the installation and setup at your location at Art St Louis who can also do individual portfolio reviews and local art related counseling.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best stores to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- St Louis Art Supply at 4532 Olive St
- Artmart at 2355 S Hanley Rd
- Blick Art Materials at 6300 Delmar Blvd
- Michaels at 5796 S Lindbergh Blvd
Artmart has around 25,000 different items including thousands of colors and brands of acrylic, watercolor, oil, and encaustic paints plus they have the largest independent framing center in the city.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows and events would be:
- St Louis Art Fair in Early September
- St Louis African Arts Festival on Memorial Day Weekend
- Mosaics Fine Art Festival in September
The St Louis Art Fair is a nationally juried fine art and crafts show held in early September every year that has been consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top fine art fairs and it is held in the streets of Clayton while usually attracting over a hundred thousand people.
St Louis African Arts Festival is a three day family event that goes down over Memorial Day Weekend.
Mosaics Fine Art Festival can be found on several blocks of North Main St. in Historic St. Charles each September.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Sometimes you might want to add a new piece to your collection or learn the true value of something and if so you can go to one of these local art dealers and appraisers:
- Kodner Gallery Fine Art at 9650 Clayton Rd
- Art of Estates at 6614 Clayton Ste 277
- Walker Cunningham Fine Art at 4401-4435 Pershing Ave
- Lococo Fine Art Publisher at 9320 Olive Blvd
Kodner Gallery Fine Art specializes in 19th and 20th century art from American and Europe providing consultations to collectors, corporations, and museums worldwide. They also buy and sell art in your area and provide other services that include appraisals, restorations, conservations and framing consultations.
Art of Estates provide trusted value transparency for the public with qualified appraisals and high end methodologies.
Walker Cunningham Fine Art is a private consulting and brokerage business specializing in American and European paintings from the 1850’s to the current day. They advise and consult on buying and selling works of art while also excelling at in-home curating, arranging, and installation.
Other places we mentioned in various lists in this post where you can buy art near you are William Shearburn Fine Art, Norton’s Fine Art & Framing, and The Great Frame Up.
Art walking tours can be a lot of fun when the weather is nice and The Mural Mile at Chouteau Avenue and S Leonor K Sullivan Boulevard is a great option. It is located along the Riverfront between Victor and Chouteau Avenues to the south of the Gateway Arch.
Don’t forget to head out on foot during the top art fairs in your area either.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice sculptures and statues around town like:
- Apotheosis of Saint Louis at Forest Park Fine Arts Dr
- Citygarden Sculpture Park at 801 Market St
- The St Louis Award Statue at 74 Government Dr
- Chuck Berry Statue at 6539 Delmar Blvd
Apotheosis of St Louis was designed by C.H. Niehaus and completed in 1903. You can check it out in front of the St Louis Art Museum in Forest Park.
Downtown between 8th Street to the east and 10th Street to the west and Chestnut Street to the north and Market Street to the south you will find the Citygarden Sculpture Park.
Back in 1931 The St Louis Award Statue was created by an anonymous artist.
On July 29, 2011 Harry Webber put up the Chuck Berry Statue across the street from Blueberry Hill.
St Louis Art Classes
You might be searching for private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults and either way the best St Louis art schools are:
- South Broadway Art Project at 3816 S Broadway
- St Louis Artworks at 5959 Delmar Blvd
- Artscope at 2929 Tower Grove Ave
- Gateway Academy Of Classical Art at 4814 Washington Blvd #322
- Center of Creative Arts at 6880 Washington Ave
There are open pottery workshops, clay date nights, and private lessons for kids, teens and adults available at South Broadway Art Project.
St Louis Artworks provides art education, essential job skill training, and exposure to career opportunities through paid apprenticeships in the arts. They were even the winner of the 2016 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.
There are art classes for kids, summer camps. and school’s out camp programs and art parties or private events available at Artscope.
You can check out open-studio figure drawing events, classical atelier studies, and workshops featuring the finest local and national artists at Gateway Academy of Classical Art.
Center of Creative Arts has group classes for artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you can’t wait to get that next project started rent some space at one of these art studios:
- Intersect Arts Center at 3636 Texas Ave
- The Luminary at 2701 Cherokee St
- South Side Spaces at 2615 Cherokee St
- Metropolitan Artist Lofts at 500 N Grand Blvd
- Paul Artspace 14516 Sinks Rd, Florissant
Some of the top St Louis art framing services would be:
- Dogtown Gallery & Frame Shop at 1206 Tamm Ave
- The Great Frame Up at 8131 Maryland Ave
- Norton’s Fine Art & Framing at 2025 S Big Bend Blvd
- Creative Art Services at 5403 Fyler Ave
You can get full installation, photo restoration, and in home consultation at The Great Frame Up.
Norton’s Fine Art & Framing has been awarded as a Certified Picture Framer by the Professional Picture Framers Association.
Creative Art Services can provide art restoration, installation, and design consulting.
Artmart, Blick Art Materials, and Michaels from the art supplies list do framing in your area as well.
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Have Fun Enjoying The St Louis Art Scene
For the time being that is all we have to share about the full art scene near you. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in your area.
If you made it this far you might just know quite a bit about the local art scene yourself. It would really help us out if you could share your own tips, or let us know if we may have gotten anything wrong in the comments.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best St Louis Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.