At A Glance: The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis In Grand Center Arts District

Today’s art observers represent many perspectives and goals, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) tackles the challenge of curating a highly diverse set of exhibitions that engage a modern audience. Both Chief curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi and executive director Lisa Melandri, who has been with CAM since 2012, curate exhibitions.

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Instead of having permanent collections of art on display, CAM is fully exhibition-focused. Artists of all levels and ages—including local teenage and pre-teen artists—are featured alongside professional artists from around the world. The museum’s staff also organizes more than 100 educational events per year, made up of lectures, family workshops, film screenings, dinners and more. Many of the educational events are free, as are the in-depth workshops targeted toward teens, taking on topics such as careers in the arts.

The highly curated artwork displayed at CAM is its most compelling feature. A vibrant video projection on the outside wall sets the stage for what to expect inside—paintings, drawings and sculpture, as well as conceptual and performance art.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd.
314.535.4660

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While You’re In The Neighborhood, Visit …

Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Exhibits from old masters and contemporary artists alike engage visitors with the works—and with each other—in a contemplative space.

3716 Washington Blvd.
314.754.1850

Kranzberg Arts Center
Combining a variety of creative performance spaces offers audiences new experiences across the artistic spectrum.

501 N. Grand Blvd.
314.533.0367

The Sheldon
The concert stage and art galleries feature a diverse array of artists, from world-renowned performers to local students.

3648 Washington Blvd.
314.533.9900

This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District.

Photography by Carmen Troesser.

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