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

RECLAIM is an all media juried exhibition of artists with a deep concern for the environment and compelled to CREATE work that confronts our mass consumerism by making work from repurposed and recycled materials. 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. This juried exhibition seeks work made from recycled, reused and repurposed materials

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. 

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:00pm - Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 9:30pm
Gallery Dates: 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - Saturday, November 4, 2017

What's Your GPS?

Deadline: July 21, 2017 11:59pm
Opening Reception: September 15, 2017
Exhibition Dates: Sept. 15 to October 11, 2017
What’s Your GPS? Your GPS system can pinpoint your latitude, longitude, and altitude, but not your attitude. It will instantly map your starting location to your destination. When does a geographic location become a place? The WorldAtlas description reads: “Place refers to the physical and human aspects of a location. This theme of geography is associated with toponym (the name of a place), site (the description of the features of the place), and situation (the environmental conditions of the place). Each place in the world has its unique characteristics.” This national juried exhibit explores how location transforms into place and how a place may transform you. Is there a setting you love or hate? Is there a “place” that has made you who you are? All media and artistic disciplines are welcome to apply.Cash prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded by the juror.
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
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.



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

Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition

EXHIBITION TIME-LINE Exhibit Dates : June 9 to July 22, 2017
About the Juror: St. Louis native, Emily Eddins, currently based in Kansas City, has been an ardent supporter of the visual and performing arts. For the past 30 years she has worked as an art dealer in Kansas City representing and promoting the careers of emerging, as well as established artists, both regionally and internationally. Currently with Haw Contemporary, Emily has curated collections for both private and institutional clients. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1980.




Friday, June 9, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Gallery Dates: 
Friday, June 9, 2017 - Saturday, July 22, 2017