Atrium gallery

Our art gallery is in the store's atrium, directly above the entrance. We've got seven white walls and lights to point at them.

We show new work on the first Friday of each month. See our Facebook events feed for the latest information.

Interested in submitting your work? Send photos of the type of work you would like to show, along with a short description, to gallery director Xena Colby: xena@southcityart.com


Current exhibition

Opening June 2, 2017: DREAMSCAPES, an exhibition of new collages by Allison K. Sissom. You may know Sissom from her work with the Moon Zine, a homegrown, free, eco-friendly publication that includes one-of-a-kind collages with every issue. So you may not be surprised to hear that she's also an impressive collage artist in her own right. DREAMSCAPES includes fifty works, all made in the chaos of 2017, that combine nostalgic images and bright four-color printing with a deeply thoughtful and sometimes troubled view of humans' place in the natural world.

The catalog for this show is available for online viewing, and the works will be on view in our gallery until June 28. 

"Bayberry and Peach Plum Dunes," from DREAMSCAPES, June 2017.

"Bayberry and Peach Plum Dunes," from DREAMSCAPES, June 2017.


Upcoming exhibitions

July 2017: We're excited to host our first-ever art installation in July. Local artist and Lindenwood University art instructor CHRISTINA GREGOR will transform our atrium gallery space with a brand-new, site-specific, multimedia artwork. Other prints and merchandise will also be available for sale.

Installation detail from Christina Gregor and Erin Coleman-Cruz, "I'm Thinking of Changing My Smile," 2011.

Installation detail from Christina Gregor and Erin Coleman-Cruz, "I'm Thinking of Changing My Smile," 2011.

August 2017: St. Charles artist ROB SYERS, creator of Gumballhead the Cat (you might know that profane yellow cat from a 3 Floyds Brewing Company label), will exhibit his comics, drawings, and silkscreen prints. You can read more about Syers in this Riverfront Times interview from 2014.

September 2017: Compelling, electric photography of protests and concerts by South City's own AUSTIN ROBERTS.

October 2017: STRANGE WORLDS, a group show curated by acclaimed local printmaker CULLEN CURTIS.


Previous exhibitions

December 2016 / January 2017: IMPRINTS AND OTHER FUGITIVE FORMS, an exhibition from South City's multitalented Kristin Cassidy. Her sculptures and assemblages are made from wildly mixed media—plaster, rust, Mississippi River artifacts, maybe something from her rock collection. IMPRINTS featured new works, including two and three-dimensional pieces, expanding on Cassidy's longstanding fascination with organic forms and processes. The artist filled much of our second floor for this expansive, two-month exhibition.

Promotional flier for IMPRINTS & OTHER FUGITIVE FORMS, Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017.

Promotional flier for IMPRINTS & OTHER FUGITIVE FORMS, Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017.

November 2016—STRANGE CHEMISTRY. Zachary Webb exhibited his black and white, fully analog photography, including finished work in frames and lots of castoffs, darkroom mistakes, and experiments on paper.

October 2016—THE SACRED AND PROFANE. A semi-anonymous local zinester, poet, and collage artist brought his Pop Art-inflected, partially deranged, mechanically reproduced work to the gallery.  @entartetemusik

September 2016—ARCHAIC ALGEBRA AND FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGIES. St. Louis artist Shawn Wedel calls his large-scale abstract paintings "future archaeologies." They're abstract forms that evoke landscapes and alien maps, executed in a bold style that uses texture, transparency, and color to create a specific sense of place. If you missed the show, you can see photos here.

"The Universal Palette (Borne of the Bones of the Dead)" from ARCHAIC ALGEBRA AND FUTURE ARCHAEOLOGIES, September 2016.

August 2016—GIVE AND TAKE. At South City Art Supply's one-year anniversary show, attendees were able to add their artwork, created on the spot, to pieces contributed ahead of time by friends of the store. Anyone who gave a piece got to take one—we mailed each participant a piece from the show at random.
 

July 2016—SOLITUDE AND REVERENCE. Isaac Richardson's contemplative photo series used images of nature to explore the perceptual and emotional effects of losing oneself in a landscape. His spontaneous images, many captured very close to our home in Missouri, possess a sense of scale and complexity that can make them feel both familiar and otherworldly. See the series on Richardson's website.

Ocean View, HI, 10/13, from SOLITUDE AND REVERENCE, July 2016.

Ocean View, HI, 10/13, from SOLITUDE AND REVERENCE, July 2016.

June 2016—ARTIST SHOWCASE #2. Our second group show included some of our favorite local artists and highlighted abstract, organic work in a number of two-dimensional media.

ARTIST SHOWCASE #2, June 2016. Photo credit: Peter Pranschke

ARTIST SHOWCASE #2, June 2016. Photo credit: Peter Pranschke

May 2016—ERIC MAYER. Inspired by underground comics, pop culture, and monsters, Eric Mayer works in a variety of media with a distinctive voice. He stuffed the second floor with paintings, drawings, prints, buttons, and a papier-mâché eyeball you can put over your head.


April 2016—IN THE BUSH. Our April show, the solo debut of St. Louis artist Emily Ann Bush, collected Bush's impressionistic oil paintings on glass (often salvaged from our great City's alleyways and junk shops). Just outside the atrium, we displayed the artist's bold, colorful drawings and sketches.

"Oh Wow, Enlightenment," from IN THE BUSH, April 2016

"Oh Wow, Enlightenment," from IN THE BUSH, April 2016

March 2016—RECURSIVE IDLE. Our artist-in-residence Benjamin Bradshaw's solo show is a sentimental favorite of ours. The artist was still cutting MDF panels and painting in the days before the show, and we worked overtime to catalogue and tag over 130 paintings, drawings, and sketches. Bradshaw's elaborately detailed, organic forms were on every wall, and we projected his glitchy animations on a large screen.

Ben Bradshaw and his grandfather at RECURSIVE IDLE, March 2016.

Ben Bradshaw and his grandfather at RECURSIVE IDLE, March 2016.

February 2016—MISS CUTTENCLIP. Collage artist Greg Chambers (alias Miss Cuttenclip) exhibited dozens of his mixed media pieces and prints in handmade frames. Perhaps our high-water mark for gallery density, this show included a wide range of subjects and styles, with surprises and juxtapositions around every corner.

Three works from MISS CUTTENCLIP, February 2016.

Three works from MISS CUTTENCLIP, February 2016.

December 2015—COMING TOGETHER. This show from Columbia, Missouri artist Mike Anthony was an exhibition of the artist's new paintings. The abstract, emotional works we showed were executed in unconventional media, including spray paint on canvas.


October 2015—SPOOKSVILLA. Los Angeles-based artist and certified badass Shahrzad Ghadjar hung her pen and ink drawings in our gallery for our first solo show (and hers). Her simple medium—fine-tip pens in black and sometimes red—complements her drawing style, which relies on symbol and gesture. And her twisted choice of subjects and themes were a nice contrast to our new white walls.

Promotional image for SPOOKSVILLA, October 2015.

Promotional image for SPOOKSVILLA, October 2015.

Flyer for our first gallery event, September 2015. We printed these out on file folders, which did not work as well as we expected.

Flyer for our first gallery event, September 2015. We printed these out on file folders, which did not work as well as we expected.

September 2015—ARTIST SHOWCASE #1. This show, put together by our friends and neighbors, was a joyful, last-minute affair. We scraped together some clamp lights for the new gallery and got some beer, and everyone got to see an awesome array of South City talent. Many of the artists who participated were also part of ARTIST SHOWCASE #2, our June 2016 group show.