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Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey

Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through March 8


Dave Hullfish Bailey is an artist attuned to the environment but not as it exists currently. Through rigorous study of a pre-defined territory and the practice of speculative geography, Bailey rearranges the individual elements of an environment and then breaks up the way it's inhabited and exploited by people, effectively creating a new, temporary link between humans and their corner of the Earth. Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey, his new exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org), sees Bailey imagine a new present for the Missouri River watershed. Through both texts and redrawn maps, he creates a series of small dams near the origin of the river to imagine a present where water is more plentiful in the high plains, while two of his sculptures depict how such changes would rewrite the lives of people who live near the river. Currents 117: Dave Hullfish Bailey opens Friday, November 15, in gallery 250 at the museum. His work remains on display through March 8, and admission is free. 314-721-0072

The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22


The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection of abstract art officially went on display Tuesday, September 17, at the Saint Louis Art Museum (1 Fine Arts Drive; www.slam.org). The collection was gifted to the museum in 2017 by New Jersey-based art collector Ronald Maurice Ollie and his wife, Monique McRipley Ollie, in honor of Ronald's parents. The elder Ollies often visited the Saint Louis Art Museum with their children, instilling a lifelong passion for art. Ronald and Monique Ollie together collected art for many years, particularly work by contemporary black artists. Among the treasures in the exhibit, The Shape Of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection, are important works such as Robert Blackburn's lithograph Faux Pas, Mary Lovelace O'Neal's City Lights and Frank Bowling's Fishes, Wishes and Star Apple Blue, which demonstrates Bowling's innovative painting technique. In all, 40 works are displayed in the show, which draws its title from a poem by Quincy Troupe. The St. Louis native was inspired by the artworks in the Ollie Collection and wrote "The Shape of Abstraction; for Ron Ollie" in response. Troupe's poem is included in the exhibit catalog. 314-721-0072

The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection

Through March 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Shape of Abstraction: Selections from the Ollie Collection presents 40 abstract paintings, drawings, and prints by acclaimed black artists drawn from and celebrating the transformative gift of the Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Art Collection. In 2017, Ollie and his wife Monique gifted the Museum with 81 abstract works in honor of his parents, a collection that has added depth and breadth to the Museum’s holdings of works by black artists. 314.721.0072

Kristen Peterson - Visual Delights: Photographs and Altered Books

Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m., Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Tuesdays, 12-8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 1
The Sheldon 3648 Washington Blvd., St. Louis St. Louis - Grand Center

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Incorporating Xerox transfers, gel, paint, various forms of photography, and ephemera such as tickets, ribbon, feathers, jewels, glitter and more, Kristen Peterson’s journals, altered books and photographs give the viewer an intimate look at her life experiences. Peterson’s photos have been published in Esquire, People, Time and Actual, and she has exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. The exhibition is sponsored by Mr. Ryan C. Easley. 314-533-9900

Call for Entry: Voting Daughters

Mondays, Fridays-Sundays, 1-11:45 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27
Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles St. Charles

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The Call for Entry: The Foundry Art Centre is seeking submissions for “Voting Daughters," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This exhibition calls on artists, regardless of their gender identity, to comment on the ways women's voices affect our contemporary landscape. All media and expressions are welcome for submission. Awards: Best in Show awarded a “Going Solo” Exhibition Two Juror’s Choice Awards - $150 cash prize each Eligibility: Open to all artists, 18 years and older, world-wide, both amateur and professional. This includes alternative and traditional artwork. Questions about eligibility can be sent to exhibitions@foundryartcentre.org. 6362550270

Open Call for Emerging Artists

Through Feb. 29, 6-11:45 p.m.
Foundry Art Centre 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles St. Charles

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The Foundry Art Centre is now accepting proposals for a rotation of solo exhibitions by promising emerging artists. The Emerging Artist series provides a venue, the Ameristar Gallery at the Foundry Art Centre, for early-career artists to show their work to a regional audience. The ideal Emerging Artist would be out of school (not a student) and would not yet achieved significant recognition for his or her work. Proposals must include 10 images of a cohesive body of work, an artist statement, and an artist bio. 6362550270

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