A non-commercial alternative venue

Hunt Gallery presents exhibitions of individual artists and/or groups of artists of regional, national and international renown whose works demonstrate significant aesthetic achievement and art historical importance.

An integral part of the educational mission of the Department of Art, Design and Art History (DADAH), the Gallery features curated exhibitions of contemporary art for the academic community and broader St. Louis area public.

Recent Exhibition:
Ferguson and Beyond: Artistic Responses to a Decade of Social Upheaval

March 22 – April 26, 2024

Ferguson and Beyond: Artistic Responses to a Decade of Social Upheaval 2014-2024


"Ferguson and Beyond: Artistic Responses to a Decade of Social Upheaval 2014-2024" captured the power of individual and cultural histories brought forth by the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, Missouri, nearly 10 years ago and the ensuing response locally and from around the world in the decade following his death. The exhibition was comprised of painting, sculpture, video and poetry with a focus on responses from artists of color from the St. Louis region and beyond. Participating artists included Dannie Boyd, Damon Davis, Lillian Gardner, Cheeraz Gormon, Jon Henry, William Morris, Mallory Rukhsana Nezam, Yvonne Osei, Hank Willis Thomas and Ronald Young. The Missouri Historical Society gave permission to print Ferguson Uprising images from its African American History Initiative collection for the show. Poets included DuEwa Frazier, Jacqui Germain, Aya de Leon, Jason Vasser-Elong as well as Gormon.

Curator: Terri F. Reilly, MFA; Artist-Curators: William Morris, MFA, and Lillian Gardner, BFA

Image: Design by Nisha Margrum, BFA, Webster University

Wall with several black and white photos of black hands
Exhibitor talks with attendee next to chalk outline art piece
Five of the exhibitors pose together under Ferguson and Beyond exhibit opening wall
Attendee stands in front of wall covered in writings

Past Exhibitions

Plastic Capital

Amanda Boetzkes coined the term “plastic capitalism” to define how waste as both subject and object appears in much contemporary art. Hunt Gallery’s newest exhibition borrows Boetzkes' phrase and includes works by artists who are creating awareness of the relationship of art’s role and complicity in the global economy and how plastic has come to be a marker of both globalism and the enormous challenge of plastic waste. The Plastic Capital exhibition highlights works by Tom Fox, Calder Kamin, Ashton Ludden, Bryan Northup and Toby Zallman that explore varying approaches to plastic used as material and subject. Works by Nancy Ellison and Chris Jordan are also included.

Presence As Object

The seemingly endless possibilities of abstract painting continue to resonate and have relevance in the current political climates and contemporary aesthetic discourse. The works in the Presence as Object exhibition focused on approaches to abstraction as a vehicle to explore the construction of painting, as well as its presence as object, and ability to illuminate the atmospheres and sensations linked to our understanding of the constructed versus natural environments. Artists included Maryville, Missouri-based German artist Armin Mühsam; Los Angeles-based Kelley Johnson; Kevin Umana, Kansas City, Missouri artist; and Shawn Powell from Cleveland, Ohio.<

Where Were You in ’72?

From Bloody Sunday, Shirley Chisholm for President, Nixon going to China, and, also winning the election in a landslide, Picasso’s chillingly poignant Self-portrait Facing Death, the end of the US Vietnam era draft, the start of the Watergate scandal, Christo and Jeanne Claude completing Valley Curtain, the destruction of Pruitt-Igoe, terrorists at the Munich Olympics, etc., etc., 1972 was a year filled with incredible, often shocking world events, and developments in technology and the arts that still reverberate 50 years later. This exhibition included art, music and memorabilia from 1972 and the period of transition away from sixties sensibilities.

Athens, Ohio-based artist John McVicker, who received his BA from Webster College and MA from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, shared present works related to his imagery from the 1970s. Mimi Botscheller — recipient of the Duane Hanson Allied Artist Award and BA Webster College, MA Graphic Design and MFA Visual Art, Miami International University — presented paintings combining Eastern and Western ideologies have been widely shown both nationally and internationally. Also exhibiting is Seattle-based Julie Gaskill, whose work has been exhibited in Shenzhen, China; at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle; the Museum of Northwest Art in la Conner, Washington; the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington; the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; the Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, Minnesota; the Seattle Art Museum Gallery; and at Davidson Galleries in Seattle.

Earth Works

The exhibition Earth Works, a title which is obviously a riff on Robert Smithson’s Earthworks, highlighted recent artists who are using the environment as image or material rather than the subjects of manipulation of earth or necessarily environmental impact/devastation. Curated by Dr. Jeffrey Hughes, Earth Works included drawings/paintings, photos and video works by: Kim Anderson (Bradenton, Florida), Abbey Hepner (Edwardsville, Illinois), Cristina Molina (New Orleans), Molly Segal, (Oakland, California), Janaina Tschäpe (New York), and John Ruppert (Baltimore, Maryland).

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8342 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Phone: 314-246-7171

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Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Fridays, 2-5 p.m.

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