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Santo Projects

Our original mission set out to assist the careers of emerging artists. At the time SFIAA began in 2009, the concept of streamlining grants/stipends directly to artists while connecting them to renowned contemporary art institutions' curators and directors was unprecedented...
but an emerging artist needs more than that to build a practice.
Workspace. Travel. Exhibition opportunity.
That is why Santo Projects was a clear response to more fully support the needs of visual artists.
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Our first exhibition since 2010, Santo Foundation is excited to celebrate the 10th year of our operating to support and celebrate the emerging visual artist with our 10th Anniversary Call & Invitational Exhibition.

The process of the Santo Foundation 10th Anniversary Exhibition Call was established as a celebratory one for the Foundation's first decade anniversary, encouraging the ecology of the contemporary art world in its best sense.
The exposure of the work of cutting-edge emerging artists to exceptional curators who otherwise may not have ever seen their work, provides both the artists and the curators (Distinguished Curator) with a rich and authentic experience of where the industry and the state of our artistic cultural expression exists.
The of the result of the call is a Two-Month Invitational Exhibition in Downtown St. Louis Awarded to Three 2-D and Video Visual Artists in Webster University's Arcade Contemporary Art Projects' 6,029 square foot gallery in the historic Arcade Building in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, opening on Saturday, June 1 -Saturday, August 10, 2019.

The Santo Foundation 10th Anniversary Invitational Exhibition is a multi-media juried exhibit curated by Distinguished Curator, Gretchen L. Wagner, Saint Louis Art Museum's Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, presenting works from MyLoan DinhMyra Eastman and Desireè Moore that explore familial relationships as well as psychological traumas and attachments.

The exhibit also looks at the effects on landscape and space by human development and planning in attempts to create utopia through abstractions and editorial photography in works by Noritaka Minami and Jenene Nagy.

Save the Date!

Santo Foundation

10th Anniversary

Invitational Exhibition

Opening Reception

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 6-9pm

Arcade Contemporary Art Projects

Webster University - Gateway Campus

812 Olive Street

Saint Louis, Missouri 63101


Past Santo Projects

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Gallery Director David Early at Snowflake Gallery during 2010 Santo Foundation Artists Invitational, Marks of Absence

Exhibition Invitationals & Calls 

In 2010, four artists were selected by intern curator, Marie Heilich. Bringing four artists and their work previously not exhibited or viewed in St. Louis, The Santo Foundation facilitated and funded three exhibits took place in the Cherokee Arts District galleries of Fort Gondo Compound for The Arts, Good Citizen Gallery and Snowflake Gallery.

Emily Francisco's LEARNING TO PLAY, Ceci
Modern White Building

Midwest Artists, 2011
New York City Invitational

Artist in Research

In 2011 a select group of artists were supported with travel stipends and accommodations to visit the museums, galleries and historic sites of New York City. We invited artists from a variety of ages and cultural backgrounds who had never visited New York and did not have the financial ability to do so. The week and half experience in the capital of art was a mind-expanding experience for all of our artists.

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Emily Francisco, 2013, LEARNING TO PLAY, Cecile R. Hunt Gallery

Underwriting Emerging Artists Exhibitions

Supporting various Webster University exhibitions and visiting artists at The Cecille R. Hunt Gallery and Arcade Contemporary Art Projects, The Santo Foundation has helped to facilitate and fund exhibitions and bring artists who otherwise would not have been able to afford to see and experience their own exhibit of cutting edge visual art for the benefit of the community and fields of higher education in the St. Louis area.

Subsidized Studio Space

Please contact us for any available studio space opportunities in the St. Louis area.