Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory is co-organized by the George Eastman Museum and the Sheldon Art Galleries, St. Louis. Internationally recognized for her experimental approaches to art-making that combine craft with alternative photographic processes, Bea Nettles explores the narrative potential of photography. Often incorporating autobiographical and metaphorical elements, Nettles’s imagery references key stages of a woman’s life. Her work examines place, nature, dreams, mythology, and the passage of time. The first exhibition to survey Nettles’s fifty-year career, Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory provides a comprehensive look at the work of an artist who profoundly illuminates our inner worlds.

A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. Published by the George Eastman Museum and the University of Texas Press, the 200+ page book includes essays by Jamie M. Allen, Associate Curator, George Eastman Museum; Olivia Lahs-Gonzales, former Director of the Sheldon Art Galleries; and Amy L. Powell, Curator of Contemporary Art, The Krannert Museum.

The exhibition is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Humanities Council, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur McDonnell, and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Scavotto.

Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Bea Nettles will speak on her life and work. Admission free, reservations suggested but not required. Contact Paula Lincoln at or 314-533-9900 x37.


  • Starting Friday, October 4th, 2019, repeated every week on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday until Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Starting Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, repeated every week on Tuesday until Tuesday, December 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Starting Saturday, October 5th, 2019, repeated every week on Saturday until Saturday, December 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


The Sheldon Art Galleries

3648 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108