At A Glance: The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis In Grand Center Arts District
Today’s art observers represent many perspectives and goals, and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) tackles the challenge of curating a highly diverse set of exhibitions that engage a modern audience. Both Chief curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi and executive director Lisa Melandri, who has been with CAM since 2012, curate exhibitions.
Instead of having permanent collections of art on display, CAM is fully exhibition-focused. Artists of all levels and ages—including local teenage and pre-teen artists—are featured alongside professional artists from around the world. The museum’s staff also organizes more than 100 educational events per year, made up of lectures, family workshops, film screenings, dinners and more. Many of the educational events are free, as are the in-depth workshops targeted toward teens, taking on topics such as careers in the arts.
The highly curated artwork displayed at CAM is its most compelling feature. A vibrant video projection on the outside wall sets the stage for what to expect inside—paintings, drawings and sculpture, as well as conceptual and performance art.
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
3750 Washington Blvd.
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This story originally appeared in ALIVE’s GUIDED: Grand Center Arts District.
Photography by Carmen Troesser.