Works from the exhibition Precision Cut, opening Friday, September 5. Featuring handmade wooden artwork by Peter Exton, Keith Holt, Todd Hoyer, and Leah K. Woods.
We are proud to have called St. Louis home for the last 50 years, and we are eager to see what the next 50 will bring! In this video, Executive Director Boo McLoughlin gives a little background on our growth from an artist co-op in 1964 to the nonprofit organization we are today.
Inside the Studio: Audrey Peck
Our artists-in-residence are integral to our Grand Center operations. For anywhere from 3-12 months, they make a little home in our studios, and bring life and excitement to the Kranzberg Arts Center on a daily basis. Each artist brings a different energy and perspective to their residency – and we love seeing how the spaces are transformed by all of them.
Audrey Peck, our current metals artist-in-residence, is a collector. She collects twigs, stones, found metal, and various other bric-a-brac that she transforms into incredible wearable art. Her studio is full of boxes containing amazing and unexpected items, some of which end up in her work. She has a real sense for how disparate objects can work together and each of her pieces is lovingly made by hand from start to finish.
One of the things that is so striking about Audrey’s work is her sensitivity to the natural world and our relationship to it. This theme can be seen in much of her work, which utilizes wood and other natural objects she has collected in her travels. Old wood from a demolished home becomes a necklace. Rusty metal is polished and smoothed to find new life in her jewelry. This focus on repurposing and reusing materials manifests itself in truly one-of-a-kind objects.
Audrey will be crafting and teaching with us in our Grand Center studios through February 2015. Stop in to our Education Center on the lower level of the Kranzberg Arts Center to meet Audrey and check out her work and studio for yourself!
I don’t think art should be only for the select few. I think it should be for the mass of the American people.
Ruth Ann Reese, Question: What are you pretending not to know? Reply: …that the answers are written within. Photo Credit: Patty Sheppard
This piece was created by Ruth during her residency at Craft Alliance in 2013 and is currently on display in our Grand Center gallery in the 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition. See it in person before the show closes on August 24!
Metal sculptures by artist Hunter Creel. On view now in our 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition.
We love when our Artists-in-Residence leave our program and go out to do amazing things in the world. One of our local AIRs has continued to bring beauty and art to the St. Louis community, in part by opening up her own gallery in the Cherokee Street Arts District.
Reese Gallery was established by artist Ruth Reese in the spring of 2014. The gallery occupies the first floor of an historic building that underwent an extensive 2 year renovation (the Electropolis audio and sound design studio can be found on the second floor). After putting in a lot of love and hard work, the building at 3410 Wisconsin Street has been brought back to life and adds another creative outlet for the thriving Cherokee Street neighborhood.
Ruth hopes to use her gallery space to bring together local and national artists whose work, though different, inspires dialogue about their complementary practices. According to Ruth, the gallery will exhibit “artists with a sensitive understanding of materiality and across disciplines - within the context of contemporary art and culture.” With her background being in ceramics, we can likely expect to see a good deal of contemporary art made with clay on display over the coming months (including local artists Eric Hoefer, Phil Finder, and Jim Ibur). Ruth’s own work can currently be seen in our Grand Center gallery in the 2014 Artists-in-Residence Exhibition, alongside fellow AIRs Hunter Creel, Jenna Jacobs, Barbara Knuth, Evan Wagman, and Ed Carroll & Vita Geluniene.
The next exhibition at Reese Gallery will be Dismantle: Phillip Finder and Rafael E. Vera, opening with a free reception Friday, August 15 beginning at 6:00pm.
Matthew Johnson: Cities and Networks, on view now at Reese Gallery in the Cherokee Arts District.
Currently on view at Reese Gallery: Ceramic work by former Artist-in-Residence Eric Hoefer.
Reese Gallery was recently opened in the Cherokee Arts District by another of our past Artists-in-Residence, Ruth Reese. Stay tuned for a longer blog post on Ruth, her work, and her new gallery!