Public Programs at CAM are created to accompany and interpret exhibitions by facilitating open, interactive discussion while integrating contemporary art education and entertainment. 

Through partnerships with the local community, various cultural organizations, and creative individuals, the public programs are designed to provide accessible experiences for a wide range of audiences while promoting meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today.

Call for Papers: Natural Disasters, Free Speech, and the Death of Painting

On April 11, 2015, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) in partnership with Washington University in St. Louis will hold a one-day symposium titled Natural Disasters, Free Speech, and the Death of Painting. Using CAM’s upcoming Joe Goode and Jesse Howard exhibitions as a point of departure, this symposium will present recent scholarship on three topics related to the artists’ work: The Lived Midwestern Experience, Materiality and the Monochrome, and Self-Taught American Aesthetics.

Opening Nights

Opening Nights

Opening Nights at CAM are exciting and diverse. Held three times a year on the occasion of new Main Gallery exhibitions, each Opening Night welcomes over 1,000 people — from art patrons to art students.

Exhibition Programs

Exhibition Programs

CAM works directly with exhibiting Main Gallery and Front Room artists to design, organize, and present a wide range of engaging public programs.

Lectures

Lectures

Hear from artists, curators, and special guests at talks and lively discussions designed to inform and enlighten the St. Louis community about CAM’s exhibitions and the larger world of contemporary art.

Workshops

Workshops

Workshops are offered on a variety of disciplines and topics ranging from printmaking techniques to electronics. Each exhibition brings a new theme and artists that explore a wide range of subject matter. CAM partners with Front Room or Main Gallery artists, institutions, and the community to provide meaningful experiences with contemporary art and artists. 

Film

Film

CAM presents a variety of programs and events that highlight filmmakers and artists exploring the medium of film today.

Music

Music

CAM often partners with musicians, artists, and organizations to present experimental or new music.

Design

Design

Design is everywhere and the term is informed by many disciplines including art, graphics, architecture, literature, politics, and science. 

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

CAM frequently invites premiere local chefs for a variety of programs ranging from art-inspired tastings to pop-up restaurants in the cafe and bar.

First Fridays

First Fridays

A monthly art walk in Grand Center featuring local music curated by KDHX in CAM’s bar.

Open Studios STL

Open Studios STL

This weeklong event connects the public to artists’ studios across the city, creating a unique opportunity to promote dialogue about art-making in St. Louis.

Sponsors

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Exhibitions, programs, and general operations are privately funded through contributions from generous individuals, corporations, public funders, and foundations.

General operating support is provided by Regional Arts Commission; Whitaker Foundation; Emerson; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; William T. Kemper Foundation - Commerce Bank, Trustee; The Trio Foundation of St. Louis; Arts and Education Council; Madewell; Bank of America; Gretta Forrester Family Fund of the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation; the Board of Trustees; and Members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Support for CAM’s exhibition program is provided by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield. 

Support for CAM’s education initiatives and public programs is provided by Emerson; Monsanto Fund; The Middle Fund; Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company; Maritz; Neiman Marcus, William Shearburn Gallery; Elissa and Paul Cahn; and the Terry D. Weiss M.D. Youth Education Endowment Fund.

Special thanks to ALIVE Magazine; Domaine Wine Storage; St. Louis American; St. Louis Public Radio; Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.