August 08, 2012
Mary Marshall

'Urban Wanderers' Opening Shatters Attendance Records

Nearly 1,600 guests attended the opening reception for SLUMA's popular exhibition, which is held in partnership with Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Nearly 1,600 people participated in the opening night festivities Aug. 3 for Urban Wanderers, Saint Louis University Museum of Art's latest art exhibition hosted in partnership with Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

Museum patrons view a dress with images of dogs saved by Stray Rescue during the Urban Wanderers' opening reception.
Museum guests view an art piece, a dress with images of dogs saved by Stray Rescue, during the Urban Wanderers' opening reception. Photo by Elizabeth Krasnoff Levy

"At times, our guests had formed a line to view the artwork," said Mary Marshall, marketing coordinator for the museum. "I have never seen the gallery so crowded." 

Urban Wanderers is inspired by the recovery stories of Stray Rescue's companion animals. All artwork in the exhibition is available for silent auction, and all proceeds will directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

The theme of this year's highly anticipated fundraising event focuses on the survivors of Stray Rescue — innocent dogs and cats that have suffered shocking abuse, neglect and abandonment. Due to the efforts of the dedicated staff of Stray Rescue, these innocent victims of unspeakable cruelties are protected, sheltered and loved for the remainder of their lives.

The museum will host Urban Hour, a meet-the-artist and adoption event, from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17. Learn from the artists themselves how the rescued strays have not only caught their eye, but in the process, touched their heart. Several Stray Rescue pups will be on-hand and available for adoption.

Urban Wanderers is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and Barret's Buddies. For more information about the exhibit, visit or call 314-977-2666.

'Urban Wanderers' entryway art
The gallery entryway decorated for the exhibition. Photo by Danielle Lacey

About Saint Louis University Museum of Art
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: Whimsical netsuke figures carved from jade, amber and rosewood, beautiful household shrines of ivory, Japanese woodcuts and Chinese porcelain. To learn about visiting exhibitions and more, visit

About Stray Rescue of St. Louis

Stray Rescue's mission is to lead the way towards making St. Louis a compassionate city where every companion animal knows health, comfort, and affection, and no stray is euthanized merely because he or she has been abandoned, abused or neglected. As part of our mission, Stray Rescue is out on the streets daily taking a progressive, proactive approach to establishing a permanent resolution to the stray companion animal problem through dedicated rescue efforts, sheltering, community outreach programs, education, collaborations and the encouragement of responsible pet guardianship. For more information, visit

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