A view of AP Portfolio Day from the pizza table.
A view of AP Portfolio Day from the pizza table.

AP Portfolio Day

“Do more of this,” Amanda Bowles says. She points at a small drawing in Alyssa Hesser’s sketchbook: Alyssa, a student at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School; Amanda, a co-founder of Monaco gallery in St. Louis, an artist with New York exhibitions to her credit, and one…

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Richard Garey as Mark Twain
Richard Garey as Mark Twain

An Afternoon with Mark Twain

We know him as Mark Twain. Richard Garey calls him “Sam.” Garey is an actor working mostly out of his Planter’s Barn Theatre in Hannibal, Missouri, the home of the young Samuel Clemens, who became known internationally as Mark Twain. Garey has played…

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Christine Corday's <em>RELATIVE POINTS</em> is minimalist in form and maximalist in concept. <em>Christine Corday: RELATIVE POINTS</em>,  installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 18–April 21, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.
Christine Corday's RELATIVE POINTS is minimalist in form and maximalist in concept. Christine Corday: RELATIVE POINTS, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, January 18–April 21, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Conceptually Speaking

“Conceptually based” is a term that describes a wide number of artists’ practices, found in their bios and in reviews and articles about their work. It’s so common that it rarely gets much attention, rather, artists are noted for their focus on issues of identity (i.e. racial, ethnic,…

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<em>Bethany Collins: Chorus</em>, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 6–December 29, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.
Bethany Collins: Chorus, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, September 6–December 29, 2019. Photo: Dusty Kessler.

Silent Songs

Artist Bethany Collins returns to CAM for an artist talk this Thursday. Museum staff is fortunate enough to get the opportunity to speak with exhibition artists prior to installation. We were doubly blessed this past summer to hear from both Collins and Stephanie Syjuco. Both are compelling speakers,…

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Art and Home Economics

Esther Neff, CAM teaching artist, exhibits an easy rapport with her Vashon High School students. They enter the classroom and get to work, drawing designs on baseball cap patterns, asking for tape, figuring out the best way to use a glue gun.

Neff has placed a…

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Drink in Art: Rogue States Edition

Thursdays and Fridays, September 26–December 29
5:00–8:00 pm

For this season only, enjoy Drink in Art Happy Hour while one of the movies linked to Stephanie Syjuco’s Rogue States installation is on view in the café. A new movie will be shown each week, starting at 5:00 pm and…

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Drawing from Observation, August 15, 2019. Photo: Alli Beard.
Drawing from Observation, August 15, 2019. Photo: Alli Beard.

Lines and Shapes

About a dozen men and women representing multiple generations gather in the museum’s lobby for Drawing from Observation, an activity led by Museum Educator José Garza.  “We’re not teaching you to draw,” Garza explains, “We’re teaching you a technique.” 

Before…

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José Garza, Museum Educator, discusses walkshop field recordings with an Oasis tour.
José Garza, Museum Educator, discusses walkshop field recordings with an Oasis tour.

The Noise of the Feather Dusters

Fashionably dressed in white capris and an assortment of artistic printed shirts, a group of twenty adults mill around the café eating croissants and sipping coffee while eagerly anticipating a tour led by CAM’s Museum Educator, José Garza. The group is part of Oasis, an organization that seeks…

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CAM's Alyx Farris and José Garza with Chesterfield Kindercare day campers
CAM's Alyx Farris and José Garza with Chesterfield Kindercare day campers

A Lesson in Color

On a bright Thursday morning at CAM, twenty kids sit around tables drawing pictures and cutting out circles to make buttons. Dressed in matching bright blue shirts, they excitedly talk about the pictures they’re coloring. The children are spending the summer at Chesterfield Kindercare’s day camp, which includes…

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Perishable Art

Contemporary art, by its very nature, encourages unconventional materials. Past exhibitions at CAM have included race cars, money, thousands of tiny succulents, and suspended Tillandsia air plants. One of the Lawrence Abu Hamdan installations currently at the museum, Earwitness Inventory, includes a non-descript metal…

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