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Juror: Mike Behle

Michael Behle is an artist, educator, and community organizer based in St. Louis, Missouri. His work has been exhibited extensively at venues including: Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, Missouri; Phillips de Pury, New York, New York; Art Resources Transfer, New York, New York; Aqua Art, Miami, Florida; Next Art Fair, Chicago, Illinois; Mitchell Museum (Southern Illinois Biennial) Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Puerto Rico International Art Fair, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sotheby’s in New York, New York; and The Underground, Stuttgart, Germany, among others. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University. Behle is a fellow of the Vermont Studio Center, and the Community Arts Training Program through the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. In 2012 Behle founded Paul Artspace, a residency program located in St. Louis, Missouri, and in 2014 he co-founded Museum Blue, a project space also located in St. Louis. He has served as an independent curator on numerous projects for both local and national exhibitions. His work has received support in grants and fellowships from the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Behle has served as a guest lecturer and visiting professor at several venues and institutions, most recently at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and the Birmingham School of Art in the United Kingdom. He currently serves as Assistant Chairperson and Teaching Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

About the Exhibition

The St. Louis Artists’ Guild is proud to host Clearly Human III, an all-media group exhibition of artwork focused on the human figure. Clearly Human gives a comprehensive look at the many ways of representing the human figure, from traditional to contemporary, realistic to fanciful, beautiful to unsettling. The exhibit seeks a diverse view of humanity representing subjects varying greatly in gender, age, ethnicity, and nationality. The artists are encouraged to use the figure to explore a wide variety of themes, including definitions of beauty, perceptions of history, relationships with nature, and moments of everyday life. 


Exhibition Dates: April 13 to May 26, 2018

Delivery Deadline: April 6, 2018 by 6:00 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 2018, 5pm–8pm

Exhibition Closing: May 26, 2018

May 29, 2018: Begin artwork pickup. 

All works must be retrieved from STLAG’s galleries by July 31, 2018, or else the work will become the property of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. 

Commissions: Sales are encouraged. The St. Louis Artists’ Guild retains a 35% commission on all works sold from this exhbition. 


Cash prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded by the juror. 

solo shows in the curated gallery

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Sole Van Emden- "Interior Moments." Van Emden's recent series of paintings focus on interior scenes that explore ideas about space. Her smaller works deal with movement through pictorial space by placing the viewer in solitude while looking beyond, even moving through to a suggested, perhaps dreamy place. The visual sensation is one of looking through a keyhole or a tunnel. Contrastingly, her panoramic paintings flatten space and examine the location of the viewer. In these paintings, the viewer's eye cannot capture the width of the picture plane in one glance and is forced into a back and forth scanning of the visual field. These glimpses examine the space beyond without a lure. Instead, Van Emden's work serves to inform the space further.






Shanlin Ye - "Reflections." Shanlin explores the mysteries of the human face. These works are not about seeking realism or perfection, but rather their opposite: the rough, imperfect, broken and abnormal. Her portraits seek to engage emotions hidden from view; to reveal unseen and unexpressed parts of the human experience. These portraits incorporate classical elements of traditional Chinese ink painting through a combination of black and white watercolor into a circular design. Shanlin enjoys using watercolor for these images, and is fascinated by the way pigment and water dance on paper, fluid and ungoverned, like a poem. Shanlin says, "creating each portrait feels to me like a spiritual communication — I hope the viewer, too, can find a way to “talk” to the personalities in these works." Perhaps, when you look at these faces, you will find some part of yourself: desire, vulnerability, toughness, rebellion.

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