About the Foundry art centre
The Foundry Art Centre resides in what was once a train car factory; a 1920’s structure formerly owned by American Car & Foundry. Rather than demolish the 36,800 square foot building, the community of St. Charles worked tirelessly to complete a 2.2 million dollar renovation and opened the regions’ premiere, interactive, interdisciplinary art center in the spring of 2004.
As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts and helps ensure that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people and the community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique facility.
The public’s active participation continues to make the Foundry Art Centre successful in our mission to connect people with the Arts through Exhibitions, Studio Artists, Performances, and Education.
The Grand Hall is the setting for performances, community events, movie showings, weddings, fundraisers, and parties throughout the year. Industrial but modern and elegant, the Grand Hall is a beautiful backdrop for special events.
For more information on renting the Grand Hall, visit our Event Rental page.
The Ameristar Gallery is home to the Foundry's Emerging Artist Series. Artists fresh on the art scene can display their work to introduce their style to the art community.
The gallery is also available for event rental (70-90 people). For more information on booking an event at the Foundry, visit our Event Rental page.
Baue Family Children's Gallery
The Baue Family Children’s Gallery hosts children’s artwork from around the region. Over 200 schools have displayed student work in the gallery, showcasing the talent of thousands of youth. The gallery features Art Carousel, a comprehensive program using visual arts, storytelling, music, and hands-on creation to reinforce learning and discovery through literature.
Whittaker Homes Gift Shop
The Whittaker Homes Gift Shop displays the work of our juried Studio Artists and the artists within the FAC Staff, as well as special FAC merchandise such as t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, keychains and more. Support our local artists and represent the FAC by purchasing items from our Gift Shop.
The Foundry Art Centre includes 5,200 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibition space to host international exhibitions. Approximately 6-8 special exhibitions involving a variety of media, curated exhibits, and traveling exhibitions are displayed in the galleries throughout the year.
Artists’ studios with open glass fronts on the mezzanine level of the building allow visitors to see artists at work and interact with them as they create. A variety of media are represented by the studio artists, including oil painting, photography, wheel-thrown ceramics, sculpture, and fibers. Each FAC Studio Artist was juried into their studio. Many of the artists teach classes or lessons out of their studios, visit their classes page to explore what they offer. For a complete listing of Studio Artists, visit our Directory page.
The Grand Hall provides a stage and space for touring performance groups, local productions, and community concerts. Illuminated by hundreds of golden globe string lights, the Grand Hall is a memorable place to experience your favorite music and performers. Past performances include Erin Bode, David Halen, St. Charles Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Wind Symphony, Robert Shaw, Arthur Migliazza, Riverside Shakespeare, Larry Alexander, Citilites West, Carol Beth True, and the Charles Glenn Group.
Classrooms and creative areas on the upper & lower levels provide space for learning opportunities. Throughout the year, both adult and children’s workshops and classes are offered, as well as summer camps, taught by professors and instructors well-known in local and national art communities.
help support our mission!
Our members help realize our mission. As a non-profit organization, we rely on the public's generous support to keep our beautiful facility free to the public and open to all. Along with all the benefits of each membership level, our members also receive an invitation to an exclusive event solely for FAC members. To learn more about our membership tiers and to become a member, please visit our Membership page.
If you have an appreciation for art and are looking to serve your community, the Foundry Art Centre is the right place for you. The Foundry Art Centre has a strong tradition of support from volunteers of all ages. Currently, there are volunteers from all over the community working in nearly every area of the art center, providing services to visitors and assisting the staff behind the scenes. To see where you may fit best and to request more information, please visit our Volunteer page.
The Foundry Art Centre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the State of Missouri.