At the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis has a premier collection of design work, Master Oils, and Photography. The museum sits on the grounds of Washington University, as a part of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. The collection dates back to 1881 and the founding of Washington University, and has been built through bequests and aggressive purchasing campaign since its founding.
The Art Museum is organized into four different themes to help viewers get the most out of their experiences. The four thematics are Landscape, Portrature, Abstract and Everyday. With works by de Koonig, Ernest and many others, both installations and paintings combine to give visitors a meaningful art experience. Ongoing discussion series addressing the role of art in the public space and the interaction between art and audience also add to the overall experience for visitors.
Leading up to the building, there is a sculpture garden that helps put guests in a receptive mood for the works inside. Docents are on staff to answer questions and provide guidance about the nature of the museum. While past exhibitions have featured a variety of mediums, for the near term future the museum is planning to launch a series of exhibits based on a recent spate of photographic acquisitions.
As with other public art facilities in the city, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis is free to the public. Friends of the museum are always welcome to donate, but there is no regular admission fee. The exhibits are supported by endowments, the University, and private donations.
The museum is open six days a week, and closed on Tuesdays and University holidays. Tours are available, as are private occasion rentals. Both can be arranged by calling the main museum office. Parking is available as are handicapped accessible aids for the museum.