St. Louis is home to a dizzying assortment of exhibit spaces. Most are straightforward galleries or museums, but a few are tucked away in unexpected places. How about a shoe store gallery, or a massive gallery in a concert hall space? Art rolling down the street disguised as a city bus? Here are some of the Lou’s best blended art spaces.


Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 533-9900

The Sheldon Concert Hall is known for its perfect acoustics. But the Sheldon is also home to 7,000 square feet of gallery space. The space has hosted exhibits ranging from sculpture to jazz history to children’s art. The Sheldon Art Galleries mounts more than 20 free exhibitions per year and hosts gallery talks, lectures, and workshops for children. See a list of current exhibits here.


Urban Eats Café
3301 Meramec St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 558-7580

This South City café is popular for its wide variety of menu choices and charming, retro atmosphere. The café also offers up a portion of its wall space at no charge for talented local artists who are chosen by the Urban Arts Collective to display their work. Enjoy the work when you stop by the café for lunch or pencil in an artist’s reception on your calendar so you can meet the artist and ask questions about their process or inspiration. Learn more about the exhibits or the Collective here.


Tavern Of Fine Arts
313 Belt Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63112
(314) 367-7549

Art lovers can truly bask at the Tavern of Fine Arts in the Central West End. This bar and restaurant offers a constant stream of events, including poetry readings, classical, jazz and world music, dance performances, figure drawing nights and an art gallery. Several artists are usually on display and all artwork is for sale. Read about the current artists and upcoming events on the Tavern’s website.

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Arts In Transit
707 N. 1st St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 982-1412

Arts in Transit sponsors temporary art installations along the MetroLink route and on public buses, turning St. Louis’s public transit system into an art gallery. Some of Art In Transit’s most popular works include the Art Bus Fleet (entire city buses turned into roving works of art), the Vertical Loop (colorful totem poles that tower over the Loop near the Pageant) and Speed Shift (two ribbons of LED lights that bend time at the Skinker Metro station). Arts in Transit is also responsible for the Poetry in Motion project that puts poetry inside buses and trains.


Sole Survivor
25 E. Main St.
Belleville, IL 62221
(618) 257-3212

Sole Survivor is a retail shoe and leather accessories store that doubles as an art gallery. On the first Friday of every month, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., the shoe store becomes a backdrop for the gallery. Meet local St. Louis-area artists, enjoy their work and see the custom leatherwork of the store owner as well. The gallery sponsors an annual Young Artist Show and offers leather-working classes.

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