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June 2013
grand opening weekend: Come one, come all!
You are invited to join us Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, for the public unveiling and celebration of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new East Building. Designed by British architect Sir David Chipperfield, the East Building provides an addition of over 200,000 square feet of exhibition space and 21 galleries. This new glass and concrete structure was created to display the Museum’s extensive permanent collection and changing selection of temporary exhibitions.

Weekend festivities will include hands-on art making, food, music, dance performances, and extended viewing hours, all intended to showcase the renovated Museum campus. Local artists and organizations will be on hand to host a variety of art-related activities, from calligraphy to mural painting. Visitors will also have an opportunity to participate in Yoko Ono: Wish Tree, an interactive art installation. Global art and culture will be on view both in the Main Building's reinstalled galleries, as well as in the expansive new East Building in accordance with the theme, “World of Art." Of special interest is Stone Sea, a site-specific outdoor sculpture by renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Composed of 25 monumental arches, each hewn from Missouri stone, this commissioned artwork physically and symbolically connects the design of the Main and East buildings. As such, the sculpture serves as a nexus between the traditional and the contemporary.

All Grand Opening Weekend events and activities are free and open to the public. Please visit for a full schedule of programs and performances.
2013 master teacher summer fellow
The Saint Louis Art Museum is pleased to announce Kimberly Glessner as the recipient of this year's Master Teacher Summer Fellowship. Kimberly manages a variety of teaching responsibilities at Hillsboro Senior High School, where she strives to integrate culture and context into the subjects that she teaches. These include AP Art History, junior high English, and multidisciplinary units of the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program, among other extracurricular activities. Kimberly holds an MA in Art History and is currently at work on a second graduate degree in Educational Administration. Says Kimberly, "I will use the experiences of the Fellowship to teach both students and educators that events beget other events, and these events lead to art. By studying art and the many roles it plays within society and the larger culture, everyone can begin to appreciate art not only visually, but also for the many larger ideals it reflects."

The Master Teacher Summer Fellowship is awarded annually to a local educator with an interest in museum education. During the four-week summer appointment, the Fellow researches art objects, develops interdisciplinary learning materials, and prepares two museum education programs to be implemented during the following school year. Watch for Kimberly's workshop next Spring.
Searching for a free, culturally rich (and air conditioned) outing for your youth group this summer? Camps, schools, and other community and civic organizations are invited to participate in YouthsmART, a free summer arts education program offered July 2 - August 2, 2013. Student groups will view masks from Africa and the Pacific Islands, portraits from Europe and America, and busts from ancient cultures, all of which exemplify this summer's theme: Faces of the World. Each 90-minute YouthsmART experience features inquiry-based discussion, drawing, writing, and an art project. Led by Museum Teen Assistants, these interactive tours investigate thematic areas of the collection through careful observation and assorted creative activities.

July 2 – August 2, 2013
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (no program July 4) between the hours of 10:00am – 11:30am; 11:00am to 12:30pm; and 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Please visit Community Partnerships for program details and registration.
2013 Outdoor Film Series: The Summer of Love
Shake out a blanket or camp chair and spend Fridays in July on Art Hill during the Museum's annual Outdoor Summer Film Series. The reel begins rolling on July 5, with a screening of the classic film Casablanca. Love-themed movies continue throughout the month with West Side Story, The Princess Bride, and Roman Holiday. Stop by one of the on-site food trucks or bring your own picnic and enjoy free live music before the film begins.

The Outdoor Film Series is free and open to the public. Please visit for the full lineup of films, start times, and additional details.

Teens are invited to sharpen their animation drawing skills in a weekend workshop led by Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer/ director Michael Sporn. Participants will learn basic elements of cartoon animation from pre-production to voiceover work. Sporn will also share a selection of his own films and lead students through various animation drawing exercises. Students' finished drawings will be combined into a short animated feature, which will be mailed to each participant after completion of the workshop.

All art supplies will be provided. Lunch may be purchased in the Museum Cafe. Class size is limited to 15 persons.

This workshop is offered in collaboration with Cinema St. Louis.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
10:00 am-3:30 pm
For 14-18 year olds
Fee: $75 ($50 for Museum members)

Please register online or contact Sherri Williams at regarding requests for additional information.

East Building Grand Opening
June 29–30, 2013
Saturday: 10:00am–10:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am–5:00pm

Stone Sea by Andy Goldsworthy
ongoing, beginning June 29, 2013
East Building Courtyard

Postwar German Art in the Collection
June 29, 2013–
January 26, 2014
Special Exhibition Galleries

A New View:
Contemporary Art

beginning June 29, 2013
East Building Galleries

Yoko Ono: Wish Tree
beginning June 29, 2013
Main Building South Entrance

A New View:
Ancient Art from Mesopotamia to the Mediterranean

beginning June 29, 2013
Galleries 208 and 259