Gallery Girls

 In Culture, Feature

Smart, sophisticated and ambitious, these fi ve gallerinas top the St. Louis art scene.

The leading ladies of the gallery world—or “gallerinas” (think Charlotte on “Sex and the City”), as they have been so stylishly termed—make up the latest generation of hip, up-and-coming art professionals known as much for their undeniable charm and style as they are for their impeccable art smarts. And when it comes to the movers and shakers of the St. Louis contemporary art scene, nobody does it better than these five, whose fresh perspectives, bold business moves and inspiring passion are taking the local arts scene to new levels.

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Bridget Melloy
Gallery Director, Philip Slein Gallery
Bridget Melloy doesn’t feel she fits the mold of the “creative artist type” she represents. With degrees in Business and Art History from SLU, this small-town girl from Ceder Rapids,
Iowa couldn’t be a better fit for the business-driven tasks (bookkeeping, operations, show planning, client prospecting,
etc.) her director role calls for. A stylish blend of classic and modern pieces characterize her fashion and decor sensibilities, but her taste in art is much more experimental—a true testament to the provocative, oh-so-edgy mentality of Philip
Slein Gallery.

At Her Gallery this Fall:
Fred Stonehouse, September 25– October 31

Kristin Fleischman
Gallery Assistant, Atrium Gallery
Kristin Fleischmann can’t help but laugh when she thinks about all the times she’s gotten decked out in a dress and heels for a gallery opening, only to find herself—drill in hands—prying open a last-minute art crate. But she’ll take the glamour—and grunt work—for her gig at Atrium, which requires her expertise in everything from sales and installation to marketing and client relations. An up-and-coming artist herself (she’s earning her M.F.A at Wash U), Fleischmann found a home at Atrium, a hip CWE gallery that’s been specializing in noted contemporary regional and national artists for the past 23 years.

At Her Gallery this Fall:
“Urban Asia,” featuring Kirk Pedersen, September 11–November 8

Katherine Rodway
Director, William Shearburn Gallery

Katherine Rodway can’t paint or draw to save her life, but that hasn’t stopped her from rising to the top of the STL contemporary art scene. When she’s not jet-setting to Miami, New York or Chicago representing William Shearburn Gallery at the latest international art show, Rodway is in the gallery’s St. Louis space, handling everything from curating exhibits and landing sales to managing databases and shipping orders. Although a primary (and somewhat unexpected) passion of hers is sports, art—preferably in the minimalist style her gallery favors—is her number-one love.

At Her Gallery This Fall:

“Word,” group show, September 11–October 2

Yoko Kiyoi
Gallery Assistant, Bruno David Gallery
In a seven-year span, Yoko Kiyoi became a graphic designer, had two children, graduated with a B.F.A. from Wash U and landed a gallery assistant position—not bad for a girl who moved to the States from Japan without knowing a single word of English. Although being a single working mom can be trying at times (she often only has time to paint in the middle of the night while her kids are asleep), Kiyoi couldn’t be happier to be making her artistic mark at a place like Bruno David Gallery in Grand Center.

At Her Gallery This Fall:
“Tango,” featuring Leslie Laskey, September 11–October 24

Jessica Baran
Assistant Director, White Flag Projects
An artist-turned-poet-turned-art-critic-turned-nonprofitadvocate, Jessica Baran has never abandoned the inquisitive mindset that brought her from a performing arts high school in Chicago to New York’s Columbia University, and finally to Wash U and her home at White Flag Projects. Her desire to constantly be involved in a “high-level conversation about art” has resulted in various gigs in art criticism (formerly at the Village Voice and now at the Riverfront Times), positions at high-power organizations like P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center and the chance to participate in nearly everything that goes on at White Flag, the alternative art space in The Grove.

At Her Gallery This Fall:
“Destroy All Monsters,” featuring the rock band/arts collective, September 19–October 24


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