The Sainte Genevieve Art Guild encourages interest in the fine arts, and helps promote education and tolerance for all styles of sincere original expression.
The visual arts and Sainte Genevieve have always mixed together starting with the native Americans who once populated this area and, more recently, since the early 1800s with the arrival of John James Audubon.
From 1930 to 1940, the Sainte Genevieve Art Colony and Summer School of Art significantly contributed to twentieth century American art history combining regionalism, social realism and other schools to produce a distinctive body of art in the Midwest.
The charm of our small town, nestled along the banks of the Mississippi River, appealed to such visual artists as Jesse Beard Rickly, Aimee Schweig, Bernard E. Peters, Thomas Hart Benton, Martyl, Joe Jones, Matthew Zeigler, Roscoe Misselhorn, Charles Rhinehart and others who found Sainte Genevieve a wonderful place to paint.
Art Colony founder Jesse Rickly's 1932 "Memoirs" features historic Sainte Genevieve Memorial Cemetery.
In 1983, a group of local artists were likewise inspired by a visit by renowned artist Grant Lund to form a Guild of artists, coming together for mutual benefit. Although artists had been gathering since the 1970s, Lund served as a catalyst, and with assistance from the SEMO Arts Council, established By-Laws and a formal structure for the Sainte Genevieve Art Guild. As the group grew and increased in influence, it was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)3 in 2002.
Today's Sainte Genevieve Art Guild continues to uphold it long artistic tradition. We encourage creativity and emerging talent through our annual events, monthly meetings, educational demos and scholarship fund. We strive to develop activities and programs to enhance the Guild membership and the appreciation of art among members of the community.