St. Louis is a cultural playground. The burgeoning art scene includes a long list of art galleries, multiple art foundations and alliances, and some of the finest museums in the nation. With new exhibits and events happening every week, there’s always something to explore and inspire.
The St. Louis Art Museum is the main attraction in the St. Louis art scene. The museum features a large range of works, including 19th century European art, decorative arts, ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Byzantine art, and a comprehensive collection of photographs, prints, and drawings. The museum offers a great series of classes, seminars, and exhibitions, and admission to the museum is always free. An expansion project is in the works, with plans that allow for more galleries, public spaces, and parking. The expansion is set to open in early 2013.
St. Louis is also home to the Kemper Art Museum, the St. Louis University Museum of Art, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Laumeier Sculpture Park.
Another great landmark in the St. Louis art community is the Grand Center, considered by many to be the heart of St. Louis culture. The Grand Center is a 4-block area dedicated to art and culture. It features 12 galleries and museums, the St. Louis Craft Alliance, and over 1,500 events every year.
Entrance to most museums and galleries is free, allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the St. Louis art scene without spending a lot of money. There are many organizations dedicated to supporting local artists, nurturing artistic growth within the city. With around 100 art galleries, museums, and foundations in St. Louis and the surrounding areas, this city is one of the best in the country for artists and art enthusiasts. (Courtney Minor)