History of 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 Smithsonian-caliber exhibition space to host national 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 their mission to bring together the arts, artists, and the community through exhibitions, studio space, performing arts, and educational programs.

Ameristar Gallery

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 renting the Foundry for an event, 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 has recently undergone renovations thanks to a generous grant from PNC Arts Alive; funds have been used for Art Carousel, a comprehensive program using visual arts, storytelling, music, and hands-on creation to reinforce learning and discovery through literature.
Calendar Listing of School Art Shows

Whittaker Homes Gift Shop

The Whittaker Homes Gift Shop displays unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that are artfully crafted and artfully designed. Jewelry, candles, ceramics, books, puzzles, home decor, and much more is available for purchase at the front desk of the Foundry, tax-free.

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 complete listing of Studio Artists, visit our artists page.
Interested in renting studio space? Visit our studio jury page.

Spiro's Grand Lunch on Thursdays

Each Thursday afternoon from 11:30am - 1:30pm, Spiro's Catering presents delicious Greek fare available to everyone. The menu provides a variety of options, including mousaka, a gyro bar, pasta bar and dessert bar. For this a detailed menu, please click here.
The price per person is $12 and is all-inclusive. Reservations are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. If you would like to have a group lunch on any Thursday, please call the Foundry Art Centre at 636-255-0270 to give a person count and reserve tables.