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Exhibitions & Programs

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Two vital criteria drive and define Art Saint Louis (ASL) and our programming:

Our community needs working visual artists.

A thriving arts scene is one where art is not only celebrated via organizations that spotlight national and international talent, but also one where art is locally made. ASL works to balance our region's import/export balance. We champion the artists who live and work in our community, and who, through their ongoing creative activity, are quietly and steadily earning a reputation for the community itself as a generative arts hub, on par with any major metropolitan capital. Simply, artistic activity, access to it, along with endorsement and championship of it is a powerful magnet, attracting and fostering diversity and vitality. In order for this celebration and accessibility to people from all walks of life to work, it has to be part of the everyday life of the region.

Working artists need a supportive community.

The work of ASL is a major component of creating this magnetic effect, as it remains constant and relevant to artists and their lives. Without such year-round, equitable, accessible and sustainable programming focused on local art, opportunities for advancement would be much more sporadic and we cannot reasonably expect talented, career-minded artists to contribute to the cultural fabric of our community in a sustainable way or stay.

The Exhibitions at ASL feature artworks created by visual artists ages 18+ who work and live within a 200-mile radius of downtown Saint Louis, as selected by a series of guest jurors and curators and are presented to the public free of charge.

Our Year-Round Exhibition programming features seven exhibits per year, including our Annual Exhibits: Varsity Art, Honor Awards, and our signature namesake exhibition, Art Saint Louis: The Exhibition (which began in 1984).

Our exhibition seasons also feature four Theme-based Exhibitions.

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