This fall, Gallery 210 at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will feature exhibits with themes of community building through visual art and Mexican-American culture clashes. In addition, Gallery 210 will devote two exhibits this season to local artists.

Gallery 210’s fall season will include the following exhibits:

From Aug 27 to Oct. 10, “Exposure 12” will feature paintings by Jamie Adams, Bill Kreplin and Kit Keith. Representing a diverse approach to painting, these artists share a common interest of the human figure inhabiting ambiguous environments and time periods. The exhibit is part of a long-running annual series hosted by Gallery 210. The goal of the series is to present new and challenging work by local artists.

From Aug. 27 to Oct. 10, the gallery will display “Phosphorescence,” a video exhibit by Anthony Discenza. “Phosphorescence” is broken up into “chapters” and features an array of abstractions created by manipulating television images. At times almost painterly, the resulting images are set to an ambient electronic soundtrack.

From Sept. 10 to Dec. 5, “St. Louis Through the Lens” is the second installment of the biennial Irv Schankman Memorial Photography Contest. The exhibition is intended to promote work by regional photographers and features the city of St. Louis as its subject.

From Oct. 22 to Dec. 5, “Sons of Border Crisis” is a series of short video performances by Guillermo Gomez-Pena. The taped monologues confront Mexican-American culture clashes, stereotypes and immigration issues.

From Oct. 22 to Dec. 5, “All American” is an art project led by Chicago artist Jesus Macarena-Avila. It concentrates on the idea of “community building” through collaborative processes, teaching and partnering with artists, cultural organizations, schools and social service initiatives through visual art. The exhibit will feature an installation and digital video.

Gallery 210 was established in 1976 at UMSL. It was named for its initial location, 210 Lucas Hall. The gallery has since grown to include three exhibition spaces and a 50-seat auditorium at its current location, the Telecommunity Center at UMSL, One University Blvd. in St. Louis County (63121).

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Call 314-516-5976 or for more information.

Ryan Heinz

Ryan Heinz

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