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What's Precious by Amy Sherald
Amy Sherald, the artist behind the official Michelle Obama portrait and "What's precious inside of him does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence (All American)." Image courtesy of the artist.
Contemporary Art Museum to Host Amy Sherald Exhibit
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 18, 2018 - The Contemporary Art Museum will feature new and recent paintings by Amy Sherald in a solo exhibit, May 11, 2018 - August 19, 2018. The exhibit was organized by executive curator Lisa Melandri.

Sherald, the artist behind the official Michelle Obama portrait, paints staged narratives and constructed identities, creating portraits of African Americans - most of whom she meets during the course of her day. She deftly represents the features of each sitter with the masterful draughtsmanship of American realism.

But she decorates her subjects with fantastical props and costumes: brightly colored pin-striped suits, multi-scooped ice-cream cones, rabbits in hats, giant coffee cups, and cotton candy. A lush, color-field backdrop serves as setting.

An obvious care is taken with each portrait: how a prop is chosen, how it is held, the style and fit of clothing, the contrast or complement of colors, the choice of backdrop, or void, with the color intensity of a candied fantasy, and the expression and gesture of the figure.

The artist has talked about her artmaking as an act to "image the versions of ourselves that thrive when extricated from the dominant historical narrative." Her work lends truth and reality to history. "My paintings hold up a mirror to the present and reflect real experiences of blackness today and historically," she says, "in everyday life and within the historical art canon."

Amy Sherald, who was born in Columbus, GA 1973, and lives in Baltimore, received her MFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (2004) and BA in Painting from Clark-Atlanta University (1997), and was a Spelman College International Artist-in-Residence in Portobelo, Panama (1997). In 2016, Sherald was the first woman to win the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition grand prize; an accompanying exhibition, The Outwin 2016, has been on tour since 2016 and opened at the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, MO in October 2017.

The Contemporary Art Museum is located at 3750 Washington Blvd. in the Grand Center Entertainment District. For more information, call 314-535-4660.

Tim Lane - Just Like Steve McQueen Bonsack Gallery Features Tim Lane Illustrations
ST. LOUIS, MO, (, February 4, 2018 - The Bonsack Gallery at John Burroughs School features a group of illustrations created by Tim Lane for his upcoming biographical novel, Just Like Steve McQueen, through Tuesday, April 3.

Tim Lane is an Ignatz Award-nominated graphic novelist whose books include The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars. His comics are widely published in both literary and comics anthologies, including The Best of American Comics series (2017), Fantagraphic's Hotwire and MOME, The Kean Review, River Styx, Smoke Signal and DC Comic's Bizarro World. He also produces the comic book Happy Hour in America. His next book, Toybox Americana, is due for publication in January 2019.

As a freelance illustrator, Lane's clients have included Penguin Books, The Rolling Stone, The London Times, Wired, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Utne Reader, The Boston Globe, McSweeney's, among many others. His work has regularly appeared on The New York Times OP-ED page and was included in All the Art That's Fit to Print (And Some That Wasn't): Inside the New York Times Op-Ed Page, edited by former New York Times art director Jerelle Kraus.

His sketchbook work was included in the sketchbook anthology: GRAPHIC: Inside Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers, edited by Steven Heller and Lita Talarico.

Lane is also featured in the award-winning book, Inside Art Direction: Interviews and Case Studies, edited by Steven Brower.

Bonsack Gallery is located at 755 South Price Road. Call 314-993-4040 for more information.

"Winter Selections - In the Abstract"
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - Atrium Gallery's exhibition "Winter Selections - In the Abstract," runs through March 31.

Featured will be a group show highlighting some of our favorite works with light and intense color for a seasonal winter warm up. Artists included are James Kuiper, Michael Marshall, Fredrick Nelson, Kirk Pedersen, Doug Salveson and Steven Sorman.

The Atrium Gallery is located at 4814 Washington Avene in the Central West End. Call 314-367-1076 for more information.

Fanfare of Quilts Quilt Show
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - An exhibit of over 350+ quilts will be on display, March 17 - 18, at Greensfelder Rec Center at Queeny Park, located at 550 Weidman Rd., Ballwin, MO.

The event includes special exhibits, vendors, antique bed turning, demonstrations, and quilt raffle. Quilts cover a broad range of styles, including traditional, art, and modern. The show includes a special exhibit by internationally acclaimed quilt artist Suzanne Marshall.

Another exhibit titled Landscapes of Grief (Art Quilts by Karen Tye) will also be featured. A charity ticket raffle will be held to benefit Missouri Veterans Endeavor. Concessions will be available. Cost is $7, good for both days.

Call 636-751-6440 for more information.

Open Theme Annual 2018 Exhibit at Webster Arts Center
Amarillo Sky, acrylic, by Lindsay Higa, St. Louis, MO
"Open Theme Annual 2018" Exhibit at Webster Arts
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - Webster Arts Open Theme Annual 2018 is on view through February 28 at Webster Arts Center.

Juror Edna Patterson-Petty, has selected 45 works from 38 artists representing 16 states and Mexico to be exhibited. The selection was made from the 407 submitted by 145 artists.

Edna J. Patterson-Petty works in a variey of media, but she is nationally recognized for her art quilts and the stories they convey. She holds a BFA in Art & Design and MFA in Art Therapy. Her art quilt "Road to Redemption," was specially created to commemorate Barack Obama's presidency and was displayed in Washington during his inauguration. Ms. Patterson-Petty's work has been exhibited in venues ranging from the St. Louis Art Museum to Antioch College in Los Angeles. One of her pieces was on display for three years at the American Embassy in Pakistan, and she has an art quilt on permanent display in Senegal, West Africa.

Come enjoy our opening reception, free and open to the public. Webster Arts Center is located in Schultz Hall on the Eden Campus, immediately west of the field at Bompart & Lockwood in Webster Groves. Follow the signs!

Webster Arts is growing regional non-profit arts center that hosts national juried exhibitions in it's 2000 square-foot gallery, a nationally ranked juried art fair, art outreach for recent refugees, a plein air competition, an autumn music series, and other community events.

For more information, call 314-918-2671 or send email to:

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The Solar System Series by The Firecracker Press Displayed at St. Louis Lambert International Airport
ST. LOUIS, MO, ( - The solar system is full of mysteries, and artist Eric Woods, owner and founder of The Firecracker Press, let his creativity soar into space with the creation of The Solar System Series, now on display at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The exhibition will be on display near A Gates entrance/exit at Terminal 1 through next year.

This intricate, multi-paneled work is letterpress printed on paper, from hand-carved woodcuts and other recycled materials like cardboard and vinyl siding. Each panel was printed individually over the course of several months, then pieced together and mounted on wood. Together, the panels form a colorful and show-stopping image that is already getting lots of attention from travelers. Hidden in the piece are all sorts of "Easter eggs" for the viewer to find, such a Starship Enterprise and a lost satellite, among others.

The Solar System Series exhibition is part of the Lambert Art & Culture Program's temporary exhibition program. The program is supported by the Regional Arts Commission.

The Lambert Art & Culture Program is led by the seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee. Current members are Lisa Cakmak, Associate Curator of Ancient Art at Saint Louis Art Museum; Ellen Gale, Executive Director Clayton Chamber of Commerce; Shelley Hagan, Wells Fargo Curator Corporate Art; Leslie Markle, Curator of Public Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum; Kiku Obata, Founding Principal of Kiku Obata & Co.; Roseann Weiss, Director of Community and Public Arts for the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; and Carlos Zamora, Creative Director at Express Scripts.

The mission of the Lambert Art and Culture Program is to create a visually outstanding impression of St. Louis Lambert International Airport, generate community pride, and ensure that art at STL continues to complement and build upon the airport's rich visual legacy. The program aims to highlight the St. Louis region's unique art and culture, while also showcasing national and international works, focusing on both visual and performing arts.

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