The Arts at Saint Louis University
Saint Louis University follows in the Ignatian tradition of embracing the whole range of human experience--and the arts are a significant dimension of life.
In addition to the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA), here are links to some of SLU's many arts-related offerings.
- Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA)
This Beaux Artes building features modern and contemporary art by Serge Poliakoff, Richard Serra, Ernest Trova and many others. The Collection of the Western Jesuit Missions showcases religious art and artifacts from the 13th to the 20th centuries. The John and Ann MacLennan Collection of Asian Decorative Art is one of the largest collections of its kind in the United States. Learn more here.
- Samuel Cupples House
One of the rare examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in St. Louis, Cupples House dates to 1888, when a wealthy St. Louis entrepreneur commissioned architect Thomas Annan to design a magnificent mansion. Today, the house serves as a gallery for the University's collection of fine and decorative art dating before 1919. The Eleanor Turshin Glass Collection, featuring the largest collection of art nouveau and art deco glass west of the Mississippi River, is displayed throughout the mansion. Learn more here.
- McNamee Gallery
Located on the lower level of Cupples House, the McNamee Gallery is named for Maurice B. McNamee, S.J., 1909-2007, who pioneered the study of Studio Art and Art History at Jesuit universities and who was responsible for the preservation and restoration of Cupples House. The McNamee Gallery is the teaching gallery for Saint Louis University's Studio Art program in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Learn more here.
- Pere Marquette Gallery
Tucked into historic DuBourg Hall, the gallery's true highlight is its stained-glass windows designed by Rodney Winfield. The iconography of the windows, executed by Emil Frei Associates, depicts the spreading of the word-divine and human. Learn more here.
- Henry Lay Sculpture Park
Set on approximately 20 acres in Louisiana, MO, the sculpture park is surrounded by 350-acres of natural meadows, wooded rolling hills, lakes and streams. A well-maintained path takes guests on a 40-minute walk through a working maple grove, the McElwee Cemetery and a plethora of sculpture. Part of the Lay Center for Education and the Arts, the sculpture park is open for University-organized events and retreats. Learn more here.
Fine and Performing Arts Department
- University Theatre
Presenting main stage and black box productions throughout the academic year. See some of St. Louis' rising young talent! Learn more here.
- Music Department performing ensembles
Enjoy concerts by groups whose repertoire spanning a wide range of genres. Ensembles include the Mastersingers, the University Chorale, the Jazz Ensemble, and the Billiken Band. Learn more here.
- Pius XII Memorial Library
Visit The Gallery at Level 2 to see changing art exhibitions, hear music performances, and more. Check the Library's News & Events page here.