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MAY 2010
Coming this Summer —
The Mourners and Bill Viola: Visitation
Opening in the Museum’s Main Exhibition Galleries on June 20, 2010.

Mourning and grief are among the most universal experiences of human life. By presenting these two exhibitions, The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy and Bill Viola: Visitation, the Saint Louis Art Museum offers its visitors the opportunity to see how different artists, working more than 500 years apart, have expressed these most basic of human emotions.

For more information about these exhibitions click here.
Coming this Fall —
Joe Jones: Painter of the American Scene
St. Louis-born artist Joe Jones (1909–1963) achieved national prominence in the 1930s for his depictions of urban and rural aspects of the American Scene. Opening October 10, 2010, this special exhibition of the artist's work will feature paintings, mural studies, drawings and prints, with a focus on his social and artistic experiences in St. Louis.

School program

In conjunction with the exhibition, groups in grades 7–12 are invited to participate in a program Whose New Deal? A collaboration between the Art Museum and the Missouri History Museum, the program will explore the period of the Great Depression and New Deal through history and art.
Museum Launches Partnership with Cole Elementary School
During the 2009–10 school year, the Saint Louis Public Schools invited the Saint Louis Art Museum to develop a partnership with Cole Elementary School. The result was a new program called “Observing Nature,” which the Art Museum launched this spring with second, third, and fourth grade students from Cole.

The multi-visit program uses art, science, and communication skills to help students explore the native habitats of Forest Park, develop an awareness of their environment, and creatively observe and respond to the natural world around them.
New Activity Journal for Kids and Families
YOU Are the Expert! That’s the theme of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new self-guided journal designed for kids and families to use when visiting the five member institutions of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District (ZMD).

Developed as a collaboration between the Art Museum and the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Missouri History Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center, and the Saint Louis Zoo, this handy journal-scrapbook has been created to introduce visitors to these area institutions while they develop expertise in a variety of disciplines — history, art, and the sciences.

The Art Museum’s Lauri Kramer designed the colorful journal, which will be presented to each partnership school in the Saint Louis Public Schools to support their visits to ZMD institutions. The journal will also be distributed as a premium for Family Members at each institution. For more information email education@slam.org.
Back-to-School Educator Open House Canceled
A much-anticipated event in the Museum’s Teacher Programs calendar, the Back-to-School Educator Open House, has been canceled for this year. The Art Museum has embarked upon an extensive expansion project, as seen in this photo of the South façade. Because of the reduction in gallery space due to construction, we are unable to accommodate large groups of visitors and have been forced to cancel the Open House.

The Museum is committed to remaining open to the public during this time as well as continuing its education programming. Instead of holding the late July teacher reception, Teacher Programs will offer additional workshops throughout the 2010–2011 school year. Stay tuned to www.slam.org/teachers for the upcoming schedule of teacher workshops!
2010 Master Teacher Summer Fellow Announced
The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to announce that Carla Tuetken has been named as the 2010 Master Teacher Summer Fellow.

Carla is a visual arts teacher at Hazelwood West High School in the Hazelwood School District. She has an extensive resume including more than fourteen years of professional teaching experience in kindergarten through high school.

Most recently, Carla joined the Museum’s Teacher Advisory Group and taught a workshop on the art of assemblage during the Big Event in March.
Museum Releases Curriculum Packet:
Art of Europe before 1800
The month of May once again marked the debut of a SLAM curriculum packet.

Thirty teachers who attended a workshop on Art of Europe before 1800 received the packets and participated in gallery and hands-on activities.