Past Exhibits

Gallery at RAC event evocation


Date: 09/15/2017 - 11/02/2017

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents Evocation, an interactive exhibition to remember, imagine and inspire a better St. Louis.

This exhibition is a part of EVOKE, a larger cultural planning initiative which invites the region’s residents to engage in dialogue about the value of creativity in their lives and its relevance to issues that make St. Louis a better place to live.

This initiative to plan for the cultural future of St. Louis is finally here, it’s happening, and needs everyone’s participation. Be a part of EVOKE St. Louis, and let your voice be heard.
Gallery Image - Texture and Delicacy

The Importance of Texture and Delicacy

Date: 06/23/2017 - 08/24/2017

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents The Importance of Texture and Delicacy, an exploration of the concepts of emotional fragility and “Existence as Resistance” in Black Culture.

Through art and culture, we can physicalize the fragility and essence of Blackness. Each artist in this exhibition will use their own craft of sculpture, photography, archival work, or quilting to form a discussion around the body, the style, and the historical trauma/joy of the present and the past.

Estamos Aqui (We Are Here)

Date: 04/14/2017 - 06/01/2017

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) in partnership with The St. Louis Mosaic Project presents Estamos Aqui (We Are Here), a series of contemporary prints by artists speaking from the Latino/Chicano perspective. This work expresses their celebrations, sorrows, challenges, popular culture, and personal experiences.

Featuring vivid colors and sometimes startling imagery, the works in this traveling exhibition encourage audiences to ask questions about the nature of cross-cultural exchange.

This is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Missouri Arts Council and The National Endowment for the Arts. The work of select local artists has been added to this exhibition.

Beyond This Threshold

Date: 02/17/2017 - 03/25/2017

The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis (RAC) presents Beyond This Threshold, an immersive experience that explores deconstruction and reconstruction as an examination of the political, social, and environmental crises that afflict our city of St. Louis and the broader American landscape.

Using traditional folk art methods such as quilting and performance, the artists have created an environment where we explore notions of cultural lineage, social tensions, economic degradation and social constructs created by fashion.
Humans of St. Louis postcard image.

Humans of St. Louis

Date: 12/09/2016 - 02/04/2017

Join The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) for Humans of St. Louis, an art initiative that brings the stories of people in the St. Louis region to life through street documentary portraits and interviews. The project uses visual-virtual storytelling as the platform for discussion and civic engagement around local issues, including economic development, public health, social justice, and human rights.

Designed to Vote

Date: 08/26/2016 - 11/08/2016

Join the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis and AIGA Saint Louis in voting for a better future through design and democracy.

Every four years since 2000, AIGA has engaged communication designers across the country in a nonpartisan voter mobilization campaign. Designed to Vote: An Exhibition is part of a nationwide series motivating eligible citizens to register and vote using interactive designs and select posters by AIGA members and influencers (locally and nationally).

How would you design a healthier, safer, and more equitable Saint Louis-- and nation?

The Craft of Art

Date: 05/20/2016 - 07/30/2016

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents The Craft of Art, a sequel to The Art of Craft exhibit that was curated by Nancy Newman Rice at the RAC Gallery in the Spring of 2014. In this latest exhibit, artists selected for The Craft of Art, have maintained a keen sense of craftsmanship and technical skill in order to communicate coherently with the viewer.

Their work varies in their manner of expression and aesthetic sensibilities but is tied together by a bond of careful consideration for content, composition, and execution. Whether non-objective or realistic, the paintings, prints, and sculptures in this exhibit rely upon visually articulate results, which are essential to the meaning of each work. The viewer has the opportunity to interpret these works of art intellectually, viscerally, or emotionally.


Date: 03/11/2016 - 04/30/2016

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents Octarrarium which represents the latest iteration of large scale video installation systems developed by collaborators Kevin Harris and Chad Eivins. The piece will serve as both a gallery installation and a platform for sound performance. A multi-sensory and immersive environment, Octarrarium, is created by encompassing the viewer within eight large projections of live, interactive video.
Inside Octarrarium, every movement and sound made will affect the surroundings, controlling an image blend of live cameras and analog video synthesis. The result can be personal or communal and is dependent on everything and everyone within the fortified structure. It is the relationship between art, public, and environment that is being reorganized and reconsidered.
At its core, Octarrarium demonstrates that art is not restricted to objects and commodities. It can be extended to an idea, an emotion, and most importantly, a shared human experience.
In addition to an experiential gallery installation, Octarrarium will host collaborative events with many St. Louis artists.

A Song From the Field

Date: 01/15/2016 - 03/04/2016

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents "A Song from the Field" which features local artists William Burton Jr., and Robert A. Ketchens. Pieces in the exhibition were inspired by four trips the artists made over a period of about 18 months. The artists spent time in the sacred sites of blues history and made connections between those places, their personal histories, and their contemporary existence and identity as black artists.

The Building/Soulard Fine Arts

Date: 11/20/2015 - 01/02/2016

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents "The Building/Soulard Fine Arts". Within the framework of a century building at 1007 Russell in Soulard, artists have built community and livelihoods for the last 25 years. This group exhibit curated by Anne Murphy explores the variety of artistic pursuits in a home sanctuary of studios fondly know as The Building.


Date: 09/19/2015 - 11/07/2015

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents Pants!, an exhibition curated by Nina Ganci, owner of SKIF International. As a garment, pants are often over-looked, yet they are essential and provide a quiet anchor to one’s wardrobe. The exhibition Pants! brings this essential garment front and center as an exploration of the many creative St. Louis personalities that make up SKIF’s circle of friends and their combined abilities. This exhibition is in conjunction with Innovations in Textiles 10, a regional collaborative event celebrating fiber art. Visit craftalliance.org or racstl.org for more information.


Date: 08/07/2015 - 09/05/2015

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents IMPTXDESIGN.14/15., curated by Creative Reaction Lab. Opening the weekend of the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown, Jr.'s death, this exhibit will be one of many efforts in the St. Louis region igniting a call to action within our communities for racial equality and eradicating police brutality.
IMPTXDESIGN.14/15. features social impact designs and visual artistic responses developed over the last year that will require attendees to reflect, engage, converse approaches in designing a better St. Louis (#DESIGNSTL) and, ultimately, a better self.

Join us at the opening reception on
Friday, August 7, from 5:30 – 7:30pm

WITH NOT FOR: Art and Archeology from Alumni of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute

Date: 06/19/2015 - 07/19/2015

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents WITH NOT FOR: Art and Archeology from Alumni of the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute. As the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute at the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis celebrates eighteen years, we want to showcase, document, and amplify the process of how the network of CAT Institute graduates work within communities with art as the common language. We envision this as a living, breathing exhibition that includes past and current community-based arts programs and projects with CAT Institute alums and their community partners. Through visual work and a series of performances, we are mapping our connections and multiple layers of experiences; exhibiting some of the artifacts, archeology and anthropology of arts-based community development projects and programs; and speaking out loud our manifesto of the powerful intersections of community and art.

WITH NOT FOR hones into a few words a key principle of the CAT Institute. In the field of arts-based community development, the most potent work is that in which we are not doing things for people in our communities but working with them - side by side - to create the better world we wish to live in together.

Since it began in 1997, the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute is an innovative, cross-sector program, centered on the belief that art can amplify the voices of communities, act as a key factor in regenerating neighborhoods and is an agent for positive social change. It provides comprehensive cross-training for artists of all disciplines, social service providers, community activists, educators, and policy-makers to develop partnerships for successful arts-based programs that impact communities. For more information about the CAT Institute and its three hundred alumni, please visit our website at: http://racstl.org/art-community/community-arts-training-cat-institute/

Join us at the opening reception on Friday, June 19th from 5:30 – 7:30pm, and at our performance series every Friday from June 26th through July 24th.


Date: 04/24/2015 - 06/06/2015

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents GENERATIONS/EVOLUTION, an exhibition by The Sharp Shooters photography collective. For the exhibit the artists establish that the theme of 'generations' represents the act of process of bringing into being. They also define 'evolution' as to develop gradually by a process of growth and change. Each artist/photographer in this exhibition explores these concepts and has created their own visual interpretation.

Empire State II

Date: 03/06/2015 - 04/11/2015

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents "Empire State II", the second in a series of exhibitions curated by Damon Davis. "Empire State II" is a group exhibition that explores the American empire and its capitalist culture. This exhibit will investigate the concepts of social structures, racial oppression and classism.


Date: 01/09/2015 - 02/21/2015

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents Portrait, an exhibition of work by St. Louis based artists living with disabilities. Portrait is an exhibition that investigates notions of biography, identity, personal space and individual narrative. The exhibition is sponsored by VSA Missouri, a statewide organization promoting access to the arts for people living with disabilities.

TOYing With Digital

Date: 11/14/2014 - 12/19/2014

The Regional Arts Commission (RAC) presents “TOYing with Digital,” a photography exhibition produced by professional photographers using toy cameras. Typical characteristics of a toy camera are plastic lenses and very few controls. All of the artists featured in this exhibition have been working with one digital toy camera or another, and this exhibition highlights the results of an early foray into using toy cameras in the digital age.


Date: 09/19/2014 - 11/01/2014

The exhibition “Machinations,” is comprised of “objects that activate physical, psychological, and interpersonal relations.” “Machinations” speaks to both the intangible and tangible nature of physical relationships embodied in, through, and with objects. The exhibition places focus on objects produced through the traditions of sculpture production, small metals fabrication, casting, welding and silversmithing.

Of Being Numerous: 2013 Critical Mass Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition

Date: 08/15/2014 - 09/06/2014

Curator: Jessica Baran

Artists: Ilene Berman, Christine Ilewski, Carlie Trosclair

Squared Off

Date: 06/13/2014 - 07/11/2014

Curator: Thirteen Squared

Artists: Cynthia Berg, Elizabeth Concannon, M J Goerke, Jane Isenberg, Ellen Klamon, Ruth Kolker, Nancy Kurten, Emily Long, Marcy Saphian, Ida Steinberg, Harriet Thomas, Kay Wood, Maggie Zografakis
The Art of Craft

The Art of Craft, One Definition

Date: 04/11/2014 - 05/17/2014

Curator: Nancy Newman Rice

Artists: Erin Vigneau Dimick, James Ibur, Sherri Jaudes, Laura Elizabeth Mullen, Yael Shomroni, Laura Strand


Date: 02/28/2014 - 03/30/2014

Curator: Ciléia Miranda-Yuen

Artists: Artists: Fabio Rodriguez, Ashley Reese, Emily Thebeau, Haley Smith, Joseph Lambert, Kiliegh Meredith, Steve Poole, Eliana Cristancho, Luisa Otero, Marlene Lewis, Henryk Ptasiewicz, Gabriela Toujas, Carmen Dence, Bianca Azevedo , Eliana Oliveira, Biljiana Erdeg, Vlatko Erdeg, María T. Balogh, and Lauren Wilmore
Irrevocable Fragments

Irrevocable Fragments

Date: 01/10/2014 - 02/15/2014

Curator: Rene Dimanche

Artists: Byron Darnell Rogers, David Dolak, and Clayvon Ambrose Wesley
Origins Natural Selections

ORIGINS: Natural Selections

Date: 10/25/2013 - 12/21/2013

Curator: Ellen Curlee

Artists: Larry Emerson and Byron Sletten
Mississippi River Photo Exhibit

The Mississippi River Photo Exhibit

Date: 08/26/2013 - 08/29/2013

Curator: Northeast-Midwest Institute

Artists: Various
Within an Evolving Horizon

Within an Evolving Horizon: The 2012 Creative Stimulus Award Exhibition

Date: 08/09/2013 - 09/28/2013

Curator: B.j. Vogt

Artists: Angela Malchionno, Katie Ford, Florence Gidez, Travis Russell, Gina Alvarez, Jessica Baran, Amy Thompson

Screwed Cubed

Screwed Cubed

Date: 07/12/2013 - 07/27/2013

Curator: The Screwed Arts Collective

Artists: Daniel Burnett, Christopher Burch, Stan Chisholm, Christopher Harris, Daniel Jefferson, Kris Mosby, Jason Spencer, Justin Tolentino, Bryan Walsh



Date: 05/03/2013 - 06/15/2014

Curator: Michael Drummond

Designers: Michael Drummond, Laura Kathleen, Marie McInerney, Deborah Pontious, and Bob Trump

Shifting Ground

Shifting Ground

Date: 03/22/2013 - 04/20/2013

Curator: Joan Hall

Artists: Ron Fondaw and Michele Ryker-Owens