Saint Louis University

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to partner with Stray Rescue of St. Louis to host the fourth installment of Urban Wanderers, a fundraising art exhibition to directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The exhibition opens with a 5:30 reception on Friday, March 22, and continues until Sunday, May 5.

This heartwarming exhibition features professional works of art inspired by Stray Rescue's companion animals. Urban Wanderers has gained a reputation for attracting well-respected artists exhibiting on regional, national and international levels.These artists will paint, photograph, and sculpt a Stray Rescue dog or cat that has been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Shelter dogs will create works of "arf," using their paws, tails and noses. The theme of the 2013 Urban Wanderers exhibition will be "The Plight of the Street Dog."

"All those we rescue have important stories to tell, and telling these stories through art has proven to be a captivating way to show the reality of what homeless companion animals face on a daily basis," said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. "The event also draws attention to how shelter animals."

All art displayed in the exhibition will be available through an online auction.Bidding will begin on Friday, March 22, and 100 percent of the funds raised directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

About the Urban Wanderers "Spokes-pup"

Each year, a loveable dog rescued by Stray Rescue of St. Louis is chosen to be the "face" or the "spokes-pup" of the Urban Wanderers exhibition. Meet our 2013 spokes-pup, O.P!

In late September, 2012, Stray Rescue saved a sweet dog after his bullet-riddledbody was found in a trash container. He had been shot at least 12 times, and an electrical cord was tightly wrapped around his neck.

For weeks after the rescue, "O.P." received intensive medical treatment at Stray Rescue's trauma center and Veterinary Specialty Services. Due to a bullet lodged near his spine, he lost the use of the lower half of his body. After a miraculous recovery, and aided by a customized cart, the sweet dog was given the name, O.P. (Optimus Primus, from the Transformers franchise) by Stray Rescue founder, Randy Grim. The ever-determined and forever-loved "O.P." now resides with Randy and his extended family of Stray Rescue brothers and sisters.

Opening Reception
5:30 - 8 p.m. March 22

Meet the Artist "Urban Hour"
5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday, April 12

Junior Rescuer Day: Fun and educational activities for kids!
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27
(register at

"The Tail End" closing reception and special presentation with Dr. Michael W. Fox, former vice president, Humane Society of the United States.
Noon - 1 p.m., Sunday, May 5, Cook Hall
($20 donation) Purchase tickets at  or at the door. The reception continues at SLUMA,  free and open to the public, until 4 p.m.