CAM. Photo: Hélène Binet.
CAM. Photo: Hélène Binet.

Curatorial Convening of Small Non-Collecting Contemporary Art Institutions

Hosted by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 
September 30, October 28, December 9, 2021 and February 21, 2022

Museums of the kunsthalle (non-collecting) tradition are vital components of the contemporary art world. Foregoing the stewardship of a permanent collection—instead developing exhibitions and robust programming showcasing new and innovative work—contemporary non-collecting…

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Showcase

Sumner High School Winter Showcase finale

In the spring of 2021, CAM joined a consortium of St. Louis arts organizations to develop and put into practice a multi-tiered art curriculum for Sumner High School. This effort came in response to the St. Louis Board of Education’s planned closing of Sumner,…

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CAM Museum Educator Jason Vasser-Elong:
CAM Museum Educator Jason Vasser-Elong: "Artists are influenced by a cultural lens."

Cultures learned and shared

Poet, dancer, cultural anthropologist, visual artist, educator—Jason Vasser-Elong brings his unique core of experience and knowledge to his position as Museum Educator at CAM. His teaching resume includes Harris-Stowe University, Webster University, UM-St. Louis, and guest lecturing at Washington University in Saint Louis. His list of courses taught include, African…

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A Vashon High School student self-portrait
A Vashon High School student self-portrait

Accessibility to the self

Bharat Ajari has the kind of experiences you like to find in an art instructor: varied and intriguing. He has a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University. He is a poet and teaches…

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Sumner High School
Sumner High School

Sumner High School revives in an arts spotlight

On Tuesday night, March 9, 2021, St. Louis’s Board of Education voted unanimously to keep one of the most historic and culturally relevant institutions in the region open, Sumner High School. Sumner, along with eleven other schools, was facing elimination due to an overall collapse in enrollment in…

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In Memory of Sequoia Whitfield

Sequoia Whitfield. Courtesy The National Gun Violence Memorial.

The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is deeply saddened by the death of Sequoia Whitfield, who was killed in a shooting on August 12, 2020. Sequoia, 19, was a student at Vashon High School and participated in the school’s art…

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<em>Amy Sherald</em>, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 11–August 19, 2018. Photo: Dusty Kessler.
Amy Sherald, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, May 11–August 19, 2018. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Art at Home: Remix Portrait

Amy Sherald is an American artist known for her photograph-based portraits. While she is perhaps most known for her painting of former first lady Michelle Obama, Sherald has been creating portraits of individuals from the African American community for decades. Sherald’s body of work is unique in that…

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