About the Foundry art centre
The Foundry Art Centre resides in what was once a train car factory; a 1940’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 Foundry Art Centre includes 5,200 square feet of beautiful exhibition space to host international exhibitions. Special touring exhibitions involving a variety of media, curated exhibits and juried competitions are displayed in the galleries.
The Grand Hall provides space for performances and community concerts. 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.
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 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 rep the FAC by purchasing items from our Gift Shop.
Foundry Artist Studios
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 practice their craft. The artists’ work represents a variety of media, including oil painting, printmaking, wheel-thrown ceramics, sculpture, and watercolor.
For a complete listing of Studio Artists, visit our Directory page.
The Foundry Art Centre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the State of Missouri.