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.

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.