Collectors Choice XVII

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild inspires art experiences through extraordinary exhibitions, interactive education, outreach to diverse audiences, and by fostering creativity throughout the community.

St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries

RECLAIM: Accepting Submissions


 Submit by: October 6, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 17, 2017 - December 30, 2017
The St. Louis Artists’ Guild is accepting entries for RECLAIM. This regional (Missouri and Illinois) all media juried exhibition seeks artists with a sincere concern for the environment. We encourage artists who make work from repurposed and recycled material that confronts mass consumerism to enter. This type of artwork is rooted in the tradition of found object and assemblage projects, but also includes self-reliant individuals who see multiple uses for items and materials. By using materials in a new and fresh way, artists are a mirror for society’s use of short-lived and disposable products.

Exhibit Dates: November 17, 2017 through December 30, 2017
October 6, 2017; 11:59 pm: Submissions Due
October 19, 2017: Juror’s Decision
October 20, 2017: Artists’ Notification
November 10, 2017: Artwork must be delivered by this date.
November 17, 2017: Exhibit Opens
December 6, 2017; 7 pm: Gallery Talk
December 30, 2017: Exhibit closes
January 3, 2018: Begin artwork pickup.

JUROR: Galen Gondolfi
Galen is founder and president of Fort Gondo, Inc., a non-profit arts organization that operated the now defunct Cherokee Street galleries Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts and Beverly. Galen now manages Fort Gondo Inc’s new project G-CADD, the Granite City Art and Design District in Granite City, Illinois which features a city block campus that includes indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces. As a microfinance practitioner, Galen is Chief Communications Officer with the St. Louis based non-profit Justine PETERSEN, which seeks to advance asset development among the underbanked.


Exhibitions in this Series:
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 6:00pm - Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 9:00pm
Gallery Dates: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - Saturday, December 30, 2017

The Counties en Plein Air - Billyo O'Donnell

The St. Louis Artists' Guild is pleased to present the entire collection of 115 original oil paintings by Billyo O'Donnell for the Painting Missouri exhibition opening July 28 through September 2, 2017. The Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air book features historical descriptions and regional stories by author Karen Glines. Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air is an extraordinarily rich collection of scenes and seasons along the highways and byways of the Show-Me State. Since 2008, O'Donnell and Glines have traveled across the state to complete a project that would be timelessly beautiful and reflect their love for the state of Missouri. The Painting Missouri project creates a tangible future for generations to continuously appreciate. We invite you to share your Missouri story on and attend our exhibition programming by engaging, you can become a part of preserving not only Missouri but American history.

Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air exhibition: July 28 through September 2, 2017
Opening Reception: July 28 from 5 pm to 8 pm, Artists' Welcome at 6:30 pm
Ramp Gallery: Youth & Family Center’s Kids Summer South African Paint and Jewelry Camps
Gallery Talk and Presentation: August 30 at 7 pm with Billyo O’Donnell


St. Louis Artists' Guild exhibitions are funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council and the St. Louis Artists’ Guild members and patrons.

August 19, 2017

Plein Air in Forest Park with Billyo O’Donnell

A St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Painting Missouri Project Event

 Morning Paint Out and Afternoon Lecture/Discussion

 “The Importance of Finding Like-Minded Artists” by Billyo 

7:00 am – 7:45 am: For participants only, Billyo will give a free demonstration on ideas on blocking in a landscape painting before the event starts (outside the Visitor Center in Forest Park)

8:00 am – noon: Painting in Forest Park

Noon – 1:00 pm (on your own): Lunch Break

1:15 pm: Lecture at the STLAG with discussion immediately following

Grand Finale: Reception, Awards Ceremony, and Sale of Art (please have framed, wired, and ready to hang)

Summer Morning Paint Out

Check In: 7:30 am at the Visitor Center in Forest Park

5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park 

St. Louis, MO 63112

Painting: 8:00 am – noon

Location: Forest Park!

Registration Fee: $15 member/$25 non-member

Please join the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Painting Missouri for a Summer Morning Plein Air competition at the historically beautiful Forest Park. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and camaraderie among artists while testing your painting or drawing talents. Jurors Michael Anderson and Joanne Stremsterfer will select the cash award winners, $200 First Place, $150 Second Place, and $100 Third Place. 

The event will begin at 8 am and the artist must work entirely on location. Artists must have their panels, canvases, or watercolor paper stamped, starting with a blank surface — absolutely nothing pre-painted, pre-drawn, or in any way begun. Artists only have until noon to complete their artwork. Any artistic medium except photography, computer-generated images, or sculpture is allowed.  Submitted artwork can be sold, with the artist receiving 65% and the St. Louis Artists’ Guild receiving a 35% commission. The competition is open to artists aged 18 and over. St. Louis Artists' Guild exhibitions are funded in part by the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis, Missouri Arts Council, the Arts and Education Council and the St. Louis Artists’ Guild members and patrons.

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Finding Artistic Direction in “Paint and Words” with Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines
August 26, 2017 from 9 am - 4 pm
Location: St. Louis Artists’ Guild 12 North Jackson Avenue St. Louis, MO 63105
Cost: $125

A creative workshop on the relationship between art and the story with Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines Artist and Author of Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air. This is a unique workshop to expand the creative individual’s concept of direction. Whether you’re an artist or a writer, you will learn from each discipline in a fun and educational environment. There will be examples and demonstrations showing how the fundamentals in a painting or narrative can change to give it a sense of purpose and personalized meaning.
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Friday, July 28, 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Gallery Dates: 
Friday, July 28, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017
Free and Open to the Public

Collectors' Choice XVII

St. Louis Artists' Guild invites you to donate one or two works of art that represents your best talent to this fundraiser. Your contribution of artwork will help raise the needed funds to continue the many exhibits and programs the Artists’ Guild offers to members and the public. This fundraiser showcases the best of your artwork and introduces you to art patrons from across the St. Louis region. There is no jury process, all artworks will be accepted. Collectors Choice XVII Committee has final approval over all art donations. 
 All donating artists are invited to bring a guest to the Opening Party on October 20 at 6:00 pm for artists and ticket holders. This first event celebrates Collectors Choice XVII and gives ticket holders an opportunity to meet the artists and view the galleries filled with exciting artworks. The Selection Party will be held on November 4. This is the date when ticket holder names are called and artworks are chosen. 
Collectors Choice XVII Art Work Requirements
Artists may donate one or two pieces of artwork.
Artwork must be valued at $250 or above.
Art must be original (not copied from other art or a reproduction of original art)
Hanging work should have wire and screw eyes; no saw tooth hangers.
Framed size should not exceed 72” x 84” and 30 lbs. Freestanding or pedestal work should not exceed 100 lbs.
Canvases should be framed, or gallery wrapped — there should be no visible staples or nails on the sides of your canvas.
Frames must be stable and in good condition.
Art may be created by the artist or donated from a personal collection.
All images of donated artwork must be uploaded by September 15, or your work will not be included in the Collectors Choice XVI catalog. Please visit our website, for more information.
Collectors Choice XVI Committee has final approval over all art donations.
Important Dates
Photo Assistance – Please call to make an appointment: 314-727-6266
Friday, September 8, 4pm–6pm
Saturday, September 9, 10am -4pm
Artworks will be stored at this time.
Catalogue Deadline
September 15, by 6:00pm
Final deadline for digital entries, 300 dpi jpeg, image proportions maximum 5”x7”
Please upload your images and information via EntryThingy as directed on our website.
Deliver artwork donation
October 3 – 7, Tuesday – Friday: 10am–6pm & Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Art must have artwork donation form attached to the back, forms are available at the office.
October 20 Collectors Choice XVII Opening Party, 6 pm. All donating artists are invited to bring a guest.
November 4 Collectors Choice XVII Selection Party, doors open at 5 pm, artwork selection begins at 7 pm.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gallery Dates: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - Saturday, November 4, 2017

What's Your GPS?

Opening Reception: September 15, 2017
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 15 to October 11, 2017
The St. Louis Artists' Guild presents What's Your GPS? The GPS or Global Positioning System can instantly pinpoint your location and lead you to a destination. This national juried exhibition explores the transformative relationship between individual identity and a physical space, geographic location, or inhabitance. Exhibiting artists conceptualize how topographical characteristics evoke a sense of place through photographic prints, hand-crafted fiber art, photorealistic oil and watercolor paintings, digital collage, screenprints, glass sculptures, and installations.
Exhibition Dates: September 15 through October 11, 2017
EXHIBITION TIME-LINE Exhibit Dates : Sept. 15 to October 11, 2017
July 21, 2017 (11:59pm): Submission Deadline : 
August 4, 2017: Juror’s Decision
August 5, 2017: Artists Notification
August 31, 2017: Artwork must be delivered by this date.
September 15, 2017:Exhibit Opens; Artists' and Award Presentation with Juror Laura Strand:
September 27, 2017 (7:00pm): Gallery Talk
October 11, 2017: Exhibit closes
October 12, 2017: Begin artwork pickup.
About the Juror: Professor Laura Strand, head of Textile Arts has a comprehensive back-ground and formal training in weaving, surface design, papermaking, bookbinding and basketry through a BFA from Georgia State University and an MFA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She has exhibited widely and lectured throughout the country. As a working artist her interests include the interface between feminism and visual culture, exploring the connection between the textile field and our Western cultural understanding of “women’s work.” As an artist and a person she engages in an effort to link the rich heritage of the textile arts with contemporary theoretical discourse.


Exhibition Programming

-Author Amanda Doyle presents "100 things To Do in St. Louis Before You Die" 2nd Edition, with a free interactive family activity: September 23, 2017, 2 - 3 pm

- Juried Gallery Talk with What's Your GPS Artists: September 27, 2017; 7 pm
- Open Studios Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis: October 7, 2017; 10 am - 5 pm
- Free Family First Saturday with guest artist Timothy Wagner: October 7, 2017; 12 - 2 pm
- Gallery Talk and Closing Reception with Curated Gallery artists: October 11, 2017; 7 pm

In the Curated Gallery
Meredith Foster Lighing Fires, Live Edge
Caroline Philippone Jeju Island in Summer
Melissa Whiteman Storm Gallery

What's Your GPS Artists
Deb Akin, Randall Allen, Betsy Bannan, Douglas Bloom, Bruce Boyles, Sara Slee Brown, Karen Cohen, Carla Duncan, Jonathan Fisher, Judy Gartland, Kelly Gordon, Celine Hartwig, Jennie Hible, Andrew Leicht, Jonathan Meany, Elizabeth M. Moore, Janice Schoultz Mudd, Judith Repke, Bob Rickert, Amy Firestone Rosen, John Salozzo, Marceline Saphian, Jennifer Sarti, Jim Trotter, Joyce Trotter, Russell Vanecek, Janene Whitesell, Peggy Wyman



Friday, September 15, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gallery Dates: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Free and Open to the Public