Contemporary 5th Anniversary Gala

contempo.jpgThe Contemporary To Honor Art Legends From St. Louis At The 5th Anniversary Gala 






November 19, 2008 (ST. LOUIS, MO) – The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is pleased to announce that contemporary art legends Tom Friedman and Ernest Trova, both originally from St. Louis, have been named  as the honorees for the museum’s 5th Anniversary Gala to be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009.


Guests are invited to join the Contemporary for an unforgettable, star-studded evening as major favorite Contemporary artists and art-world leaders raise a glass to pay tribute to renowned local artists Tom Friedman and Ernest Trova and to celebrate the culmination of the museum’s 5th Anniversary Season.


Ernest Trova became internationally prominent with his Falling Man Series of paintings, prints, and sculpture in the 1960s. In 1975, Trova co-founded Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis and provided the park with a gift of over 40 large-scale artworks. His work is represented in the permanent collections of many of the most significant museums in the United States and Europe.

Tom Friedman is a conceptual sculptor known for his work employing everyday materials in intricate geometric arrangements. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and obtained a BFA from Washington University and a MFA at University Illinois at Chicago. Friedman has exhibited in many cities at the national and international level and currently resides in Leverett, MA.


The 5th Anniversary Gala is on Saturday, April 18 at 7:00 pm and will take place at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Erinn Ray at or at 314.535.0770 x213.

Please contact Jennifer Gaby at or 314.535.0770 x215 for further information regarding the Contemporary’s 5th Anniversary Season.



A leading center for contemporary art, the Contemporary is a non-collecting institution located in the heart of St. Louis’s cultural district. Designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, the museum shares a courtyard with The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, designed by Tadao Ando. Founded in 1980, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents an ongoing schedule of exhibitions of new and innovative work and maintains an active program of community partnerships, educational offerings, and visitor activities. The museum is located at 3750 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63108. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Thursday 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, the public may call 314-535-4660 or visit

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