Each January, the Arts and Education Council presents the St. Louis Arts Awards where we gather to celebrate the individuals and organizations whose contributions to our artistic community make the bi-state region more vibrant. On January 27, at the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards, we’ll celebrate seven honorees, including Excellence in the Arts honoree, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

When the Pulitzer Arts Foundation first opened its doors in 2001, founder and philanthropist Emily Pulitzer envisioned it would be a beautiful place for people to experience a vast array of art forms. She explains, “I hoped that we could create an institution that would allow people to see works of art, to listen to music, to attend all kinds of performances and lectures in a space that was exceptionally beautiful. And I think we’ve achieved this.”

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is unique in its ability to show artwork in ways many other museums cannot. As a non-collecting institution, the foundation has the freedom and flexibility to feature rotating exhibitions throughout the year, bringing important works of all time periods and all cultures to the St. Louis community.

The museum’s contents are further enriched by the dynamic architecture of the building the Pulitzer Arts Foundation calls home. The building, designed by internationallyacclaimed architect Tadao Ando, is distinctive with its crisp, geometric shape and cement walls. Ando’s design utilizes light and space to provide a new layer of artistic insight to museum visitors. The abundant natural light in the building allows the main galleries to operate without electric light during the day.

Pulitzer shares that even the location of the museum, in the heart of the Grand Center Arts District, was essential to her vision. “My husband, who grew up in St. Louis, loved Grand Center and the theater that was here in the days when he was growing up. He was on the first Grand Center board and I’ve continued to this day to be on the board. The Grand Center neighborhood and the revival of it was very important to both of us,” Pulitzer says.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation works collaboratively with its Grand Center neighbors and the greater St. Louis region to host programs that blend art forms and other disciplines in new and exciting ways. Through programs like the “St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer” series, the museum brings together diverse audiences throughout the year.

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation is free and open to the public. To learn more visit pulitzerarts.org.

Proceeds from the St. Louis Arts Awards help the Arts and Education Council invest in the people and organizations that create diverse performances, exhibitions, workshops, art education programs and so much more for 1.6 million adults and children in our community each year. Tickets for the 2020 St. Louis Arts Awards start at $300. Learn more about the event here.

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