Best Gallery - 2000
Gallery 210, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Sure, there are bigger galleries. There are galleries with bigger, more dependable budgets. There are galleries with more and more permanent staff members. But this year, Gallery 210 proved to be the little gallery that could. There was no more reliable place to see an inventive show, whether it was a local effort or a traveling exhibition from elsewhere. Gallery 210 was the place to see Expanding Expressions, a fantastic exhibition from the Polk Museum in Florida, featuring prints by artists of the calibur of George Sugarman, Miriam Schapiro and Sam Gilliam. The gallery hosted Natural Bridge Road: An Awareness of Place, a collaborative exhibition with Michael Piazza, the Normandy Historical Society, the Normandy School District and the Central Performing and Visual Arts High School. And the gallery's small space was transformed by the bordello-red walls that formed the backdrop for 210's best show of the year, Kit Keith's Some Girls, organized by the gallery's curator, the ever-resourceful Terry Suhre. Gallery 210 is off the beaten gallery path, but it's always worth the trip.