6 Visual Arts Exhibits To See In August

By Katie Davis
In Culture

The visual arts community in St. Louis continues to thrive and this August is no exception. From more traditional exhibits to eclectic media series and beyond, there is plenty to offer any type of arts admirer this month. Find our list below, then go check out the different exhibits.

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City at 250. Photo courtesy of The Sheldon.

City at 250: A Citywide Celebration in Photography
June 6-Aug. 23, The Sheldon
Keep the city’s 250th celebration, STL 250, going with this unique photography exhibit comprised of numerous St. Louis-focused photos that locals took before the official anniversary date. From well-known attractions to lesser-known locations within the city, this photography collection represents quite a diverse set of St. Louisian themes.

Sunflower + Project: CAM
July 16-Oct. 4, CAM
In honor of the Don Koster and Richard Reilly’s exhibit, “Sunflower + Project: STL” the Contemporary Art Museum has its own unique environmental exhibit featuring gorgeous and tall sunflowers perched on the CAM roof. Addressing nationwide issues related to urban farming and neighborhood development, the sunflowers start as seedlings and grow to be mature plants as they sit in huge oil drums serving as pots.

Janaina Tschäpe: Ocean Within
Aug. 1-Oct. 19, SLAM
German-Brazilian artist Tschäpe is known for being able to work with so many different media including sculpture, photography, filmography, paintings and more. In 2013’s “Ocean Within,” she explores her fascination with the ocean and water, making viewers question ideas about landscapes, time and the significance of the sea.

Fiber Fever
Aug. 8-Sept. 19, Foundry Art Centre
Fiber in all its different media and forms is celebrated in “Fiber Fever,” which includes a wide array of artwork made through stitching, quilting, batik, weaving, embroidery, felting, basketry, soft sculpture and so much more. All art pieces in this exhibit are original creations, and all are two- or three-dimensional.

PXSTL: Bread for Work
Aug. 15-17, The Pulitzer Foundation
One of the many architectural-design exhibits in the PXSTL series, organized by The Pulitzer and Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, “Bread for Work” allows visitors to contribute to the design and offers them bread tokens in exchange for work. This idea fits with the PXSTL themes of exchange and sharing.

Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake
Aug. 29-Nov. 2, SLAM

This one-of-a-kind historical exhibit showcases both work from the reign of King Louis IX as well as art pieces that were produced with a focus on that particular king and his accomplishments. Paintings, manuscript items and more are featured in “Louis IX,” and guests will enjoy free admittance for this new exhibit.

 

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