New Exhibit at Saint Louis University Celebrates American Dream, Features Prominent Midwestern Artists
Paintings, drawings and lithographs from the private collection of Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield will be on display Nov. 15-Feb 2 at SLU.
A new exhibit at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) featuring acclaimed works by Thomas Hart Benton, Joe Jones, Grant Wood, John Rogers Cox and other prominent artists of the American Scene Painting movement opens Friday, Nov. 15, on the SLU campus.
"No Place Like Home: American Scene Painting in the Sinquefield Collection," includes paintings, drawings and lithographs from the private collection of Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield.
Rex Sinquefield grew up in St. Louis and attended Saint Louis University, where he earned an undergraduate business degree. Today, he is considered one of the top investment gurus in the world. One of the region's most important civic leaders, he currently serves the University's Board of Trustees.
Sinquefield met his wife, Jeanne, at the University of Chicago, where he pursued an MBA as she was completing her Ph.D. in demography. Today, Jeanne Sinquefield is widely noted for her long history of supporting organizations that enhance music, art and education, especially for children.
For many years, the successful couple lived in California. Their first foray into art collecting began with European post-impressionist artists. However, as the Sinquefields began to re-identify with their Midwestern roots, they began building a collection that celebrates the city of St. Louis, the state of Missouri and the importance of the Midwest region in the national story of American art.
"I see an affirmation of my belief in America and the American dream," Sinquefield said. "With hard work anything is possible. The lyricism and beauty of the countryside here in Missouri makes that evident every day, and these artists capture that spirit of possibility."
Andrew Walker, director of the Amon Carter Museum of Art in Fort Worth, Texas, and guest curator of the "No Place Like Home" exhibit, lauded the importance of collectors such as the Sinquefields.
"Art collectors are the lifeblood of a community's cultural identity, particularly when their collection relates strongly to an individual's personal story," Walker said. "The Sinquefields' collection of American paintings and lithographs from the mid-20th century expresses that bond to his home state of Missouri."
"No Place Like Home: American Scene Painting in the Sinquefield Collection" opens to the public with a free reception at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, 3663 Lindell Blvd.
The collection will be on display through Sunday, Feb. 2. Please visit http://sluma.slu.edu for more information.