The City Museum in St. Louis is a high-energy, family-friendly destination, and where better to display a unique collection of bold, thought-provoking art? The “Blessed by the Ancestors” exhibit features incredible works by St. Louis artists. 

By Sandy Selby
Photos Courtesy of City Museum

You’ll find yourself “Blessed by the Ancestors” when you visit the special, monthlong exhibit at the City Museum in St. Louis. The art on display celebrates the rich artistic talent of Black artists who hail from St. Louis.

The collection reflects the unique perspectives and experiences of the featured artists. Visitors to the exhibit can expect to encounter a vibrant tapestry of storytelling through art, each piece contributing to a larger narrative that pays homage to the ancestry that has shaped and inspired the artists.

“We are very excited to work with St. Louis artist Brock Seals, who curated ‘Blessed by the Ancestors,’ says Maria Cassily, historian with the City Museum. “The exhibit showcases not only local Black artists’ immense talents, but the breadth of artistic styles and mediums that the artists use to communicate their concepts and vision. We have 18 pieces displayed by 12 artists, ranging from painting and textiles to painted clothing. The museum is privileged to give space to these local artists to tell their stories.”

The exhibit explores themes such as identity, heritage, resilience, and the profound connections between the artists and their ancestors. It aims to provide a platform for local artists to share their voices and contribute to the ongoing dialogue around representation in the art world. The exhibit not only serves as a showcase of talent but also as a space for reflection and connection, fostering a sense of community pride and appreciation for the artistic heritage of St. Louis. It can serve as a catalyst for important conversations among family members and others who experience the exhibit.

The bold, mesmerizing art pieces are a complement to their surroundings at the City Museum, an ever-evolving, multistory, artist-built playground full of weirdly wonderful spaces to explore. Visitors of all ages get into the playful spirit of the place and always come away having learned and experienced something new.

The exhibit runs through March 3, 2024, in conjunction with Black History Month, and admission is included with your City Museum ticket.  It is located on the third floor in Beatnik Bob’s.

City Museum is located at 750 North 16th Street in St. Louis. The museum and exhibit open at 10 a.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Closing hours vary. Learn more about the museum and its events at

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