Art Walk at Grand Center
Grand Center's world-class art museums and galleries open their doors from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 20 for the annual spring Art Walk in Grand Center. With many of the region’s most renowned art institutions located in Grand Center, the evening presents a perfect opportunity for visitors to explore the latest exhibitions and enjoy lively entertainment and music throughout the district. The evening is capped off by an outdoor screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, Spellbound, hosted by the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Visitors to the Art Walk are issued “passports” upon which they may collect stamps at each museum or gallery. Those with six or more stamps will find discounts at participating district restaurants and discounted tickets to that evening’s Casual Concert by the St. Louis Symphony.
The evening’s entertainment is rounded out with live music by the jazzy Jeremiah Johnson Band from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in Strauss Park and street artists will be on hand throughout the district. To ensure no one misses an exhibit on their must-see list, visitors can hop on and hop off the free “tram” weaving its way among the museums, galleries and restaurants. And, the ever-popular Sarah’s Cupcake Truck is scheduled to make a special stop.
Additionally, Grand Center proudly welcomes humanitarian photographer and U.S. Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens to the gallery space at 615 N. Grand Blvd.
A St. Louis native, Greitens, and the Greitens Group Foundation presents an expansive photography exhibit based on his award-winning book Strength and Compassion. A preview recently appeared at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum.
The full exhibit consisting of 29 large black-and-white prints is slated for exhibition around the country, but its first stop in Grand Center will be on display throughout May and June. For the Art Walk, Greitens will be on hand to sign his book and discuss his powerful work from 10 years of documenting people in war-torn nations like Rwanda, Cambodia, Albania, Mexico, India, the Gaza Strip, Croatia and Bolivia. The Strength and Compassion exhibit was produced and printed by Bullivant Gallery, a fine art printing and production company in St. Louis.
More than a dozen galleries and museums are participating in the Art Walk.