Visitors Guide to
The Foundry Art Centre
520 North Main Street
St. Charles, Missouri

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The Foundry Art Centre, located at the north end of Main Street near the historic St. Charles riverfront and overlooking the Missouri River, is a new 36,800-square-foot complex that is a dynamic, interactive interdisciplinary arts center dedicated to the creation and presentation of contemporary visual and performing arts. The Foundry Art Centre is modeled after the highly successful Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Va and is located in a 1940-era building that was formerly part of the American Car and Foundry complex. The City of St. Charles made the project possible with a transaction for the property and a financial commitment for renovation and ongoing support.

Visitors interested in the visual arts will find 5,000 square feet of exhibition space in four galleries that features an on-going rotation of special touring exhibitions, curated exhibits and juried competitions. The Baue Children’s Gallery is an art gallery and studio designed especially for children and families. Studios for artists have been built on the mezzanine level of the building, The 21 studios have with open glass fronts to allow visitors to see and talk with the artists as they work (photo right.) Pottery, sculpture, painting, and photography are just some of the specialties that visitors can observe. A stage in the Grand Hall provides an excellent space for performances and community concerts and will be the new home of the St. Charles County Symphony.

Visiting the Foundry Art Centre
     Visiting Hours
          Closed on Mondays
          Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
          Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm
There is no charge to visit the Foundry Art Centre. Some exhibitions charge admission.

Click here for a list of the artists who maintain shops at the Foundry Art Centre.

  October 4 - December 6, 2019
Quilt National 2019: This internationally-juried exhibition, juried by The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio, joins the Foundry Art Centre once again for its renowned biennial collection of Art Quilts by contemporary fiber artists. This year’s collection includes quilts from eight-four artists from twenty-six states and six countries. The Foundry Art Centre is the only venue that will host the exhibition in its entirety aside from its original run at The Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Quilt National was intended to demonstrate the transformations taking place in the world of quilting. Its purpose was then, and still is, to carry the definition of quilting far beyond its traditional parameters and to promote quiltmaking as what it always has been - an art form.

Directions: Take I-70 to the North Fifth Street. Take Fifth Street north and turn right onto Boonslick, which will become Riverside Drive when it crosses Main Street. Follow Riverside Drive for approximately 1/2 mile.  The Foundry Art Center will be on the right.

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Click here to get information on the artists at the Foundry Art Centre. - Official site of the Foundry Art Centre

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