#mySTL Downtown Guide: The Arts

Illustration by Daniel Wiseman

St. Louis is known nationally as a destination for history buffs and sports fanatics. But what about for art lovers? Locals and tourists alike may be familiar with large institutions such as the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Museum, but there are a plethora of other artistic hotspots located in and near Downtown. Celebrate creativity with a day spent at one of these art-focused destinations.

10th Street Gallery

10th Street Gallery is a Downtown celebration of regional artists. This fine art gallery was founded by Pat Smith-Thurman and and artist Solomon Thurman in 2011. Located on the corner of 10th Street and St. Charles Street, touring this bright space is a great way for any art lover to spend an afternoon.

419 N. 10th St.,

City Museum

The late Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculpture, and his artisan crew took turned one 600,000 square-foot building and found objects into the No. 1 Family Attraction in the World, says Supplies used to build City Museum have been limited to what is available inside its municipal borders, meaning this oversized and engaging piece of hands-on artwork is as locally focused as possible.

750 N. 16th St.,

Art St. Louis Gallery

Art St. Louis isn’t solely focused on showcasing creative pieces to the public—this organization wants to highlight the important role artists play in communities. Stop by the space to immerse yourself in artwork and grab a cup of Joe at the adjoining Catalyst Coffee Bar, at which all money raised supports Art St. Louis and its mission. Art St. Louis XXXIII, The Exhibition is currently on display and closes Dec. 21. Now in its 33rd year, this annual show includes new work from more than 50 area artists.

1223 Pine St.,


A Downtown favorite, Citygarden features 24 sculptures, all hand-selected by the Gateway Foundation’s board of trustees. These eye-catching pieces of artwork, as well as four interactive water features, make up this popular, free destination that is equally great for those looking to entertain their children or simply enjoy lunch outside. Download the Citygarden Mobile App or the Citygarden audio tour before visiting so you can learn more about the artwork and artists as you tour the space.

801 Market St.,

Concrete Ocean Gallery

Located just outside of Downtown, Concrete Ocean Gallery is focused on highlighting St. Louis’ most talented artists. Looking to improve your own artistic skills? Register for the Mastering the Joy of Painting 2-Day Painting Workshop with Allen Kriegshauser to be held at Concrete Ocean Gallery Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 of next year.

2257 S. Jefferson Ave.,

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