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gary passanise works fluidly in a wide variety of mediums. Emphasis is always placed on relevant conceptual content and a medium is chosen to best articulate concepts, contextual meaning and parameters for site-specific installations.

his work explores series after series of dichotomies; the sublime and the monotonous; formalism and post-formalism, the sacred and the scorned and on. his work simultaneously follows a continuous chronological reinvention based on the curious historic moments and personal evolutions that inform and direct HIs constructions and concepts.

Passanise is the founder and executive director of the santo foundation.

The Santo Foundation was established in 2008 to recognize and assist the careers of individual artists and to champion the value of the visual artist in our world. We serve our mission through three key programs: The Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards (grant program), Santo Projects and Victor Projects. 

to learn more about the santo foundation visit

Passanise is represented by bruno david gallery in saint louis. Inquire about his availability:


about gary passanise


National Endowment for the Arts, MAAA

Pollack Krasner Foundation, New York City

Creative Artist Project, Missouri Arts Council  

Ford Foundation Award for Painting

Sverdrup Travel Scholar


Exhibitions                            **denotes solo exhibition


Drawing from the Collection, Forty Years at Laumeier, Laumeier International Sculpture Park

New Paintings and Prints, Bruno David Gallery, upcoming winter 2017-2018**



Selected Paintings 1996-2016, Arcade Contemporary Art Projests, Saint Louis**

Group Exhibit, Gallery Artists, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis



Volume I, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY

40 at 100, Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Saint Louis

All Formalities Aside, Ruth Reese Gallery, Saint Louis

New Paintings, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis**



Twentieth Anniversary Exhibiton, Contemporary Art museum st. louis, Saint Louis

International Painting Annual IV, Manifest Gallery, Cinncinati, OH.



“New Sculpture” Stern Studio, Vienna, Austria**

“Blue, White, Red” Bruno David Gallery Saint Louis

“Horror Vacuii”  New Paintings: Gary Passanise & Shane Simmons,

The MX Exchange, Saint Louis,



“Constructions” Space B, New York City **

“Survey-Fifteen Years of Painting”, The Everbank Gallery, Saint Louis, MO**

“Recent Paintings” Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, Mo**

“Contemplating Limits”, University of North Texas Gallery, Denton, Texas

“Tenth Anniversary Exhibition”, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia MO

“Paper”, curator:  Ahzad Bogosian “Regional Arts Commission:, Saint louis, MO

“Contemporary Artists Respond to Art History”, Edwardsville Arts Center, IL



“Legends of Warcraft”. Muli-media Video Installation, SOHA Gallery, Saint Louis**

 “Current Paintings”, Invitational Group Exhibition, Edwardsville Art Center, IL

“The Sky Is No Longer the Limit”, Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, MO**

“Invitational Group Exhibit of Gallery Artist,” Thomas Masters, Chicago, IL

“Invitational Group Exhibit”, mixed media Installation, Mad Art Gallery, Saint Louis



“Diary of Consequence” Snowflake Citystock Saint Louis, MO**

“Fifteenth Anniversary Exhibition”, Thomas Masters Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Alumni Invitational” Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL

“Works on Paper” William Shearburn Gallery, Santa Fe, NM



“No-Structure-New Sculpture” Metropolitan Gallery, Saint Louis, MO**

“Sixteen on 21” Metropolitan Gallery, Webster University Faculty, Saint Louis, MO

“The Columbia Invitational”, Columbia Art League, Columbia, MO

“East/West-Painting Illinois/Missouri” Edwardsville Center for the Arts,

“New Paintings” Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO**

“St. Louis Painters”, Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO



“Abstraction in the Heartland” Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO

”New Work”, William Shearburn Gallery, Saint Louis**

“New Sculpture-Elements of Scale”, Art and Artists, Washington DC & Washington University, Barnes Jewish Medical Center, Outdoor Site, Saint Louis



“White Girl” Project Series, Installation Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis**

“PM Project” Phatory LLC, New York City**

“East Village Howl Fest”, Group Invitational, New York City



“Laumeier Acquisitions 1997-2000”, Laumeier International Sculpture Park, Saint louis, mo

 “Grado Sequence” Mixed Media Video Installation, Leather Trades Gallery, Saint louis, mo

 “Spring Exposition”, Joseph Silvestro Gallery Catalogue Resonae, Brooklyn, NY

 “New Sculpture & Paintings” Stein Gallery, Saint louis, mo**



“Heartland” Hendron Gallery Lindenwood University, Installation, saint louis, mo**

“Kursk” Crowe T. Brooks Gallery, Mixed Media Installation Saint louis, mo

“The First Five Years” Museum of Contemporary Religious Art, Saint louis, mo

“ Inform V” Lemp Gallery saint Louis, mo



“Group Invitational”MMC Gallery, Marymount College NYC

“City Series” Cedar Rapids Museum of Art  Cedar Rapids IA

“New Paintings & Sculpture “ Mossa Center, Saint louis, mo**

“Millennium” Thomas K Lang Gallery Vienna Austria**

“Light & Color” Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art New York City

“American Painters” Central Academy of Art Contemporary Beijing China

“Wax Structures” Stein Gallery Saint louis, mo**



“Constructions” LedisFlam, New York City**

“New Paintings & Prints” CSK Gallery Denver CO  **

“Resonant Light” Laumeier International Sculpture Park, Saint louis, mo**

“Recent Work “ LedisFlam, NYC**

“Conscience of the Rectangle” Stein Gallery, Sculptural Installation Saint louis, mo**

“New Sculpture” New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, new harmony, IN**



“Constructions” LedisFlam NYC**

“National Painting” Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences, evansville, IN

“Material” Deson Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Sculpture” Elliot Smith Gallery, Saint louis, mo**

“ Group Invitational” Rosa Esman Gallery, New York City

“ Webster University Faculty” Ballarat University, Victoria, Australia

“Contemporary Sculptors”,  Lindenwood University, Saint Charles, MO

“Emerging Artists” Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, New York

“Group Invitational” Robert Morrison Gallery, New York City

“New Work” Elliot Smith Gallery, Saint louis, mo**


Public Collections

Stuttgart Museum of Contemporary Art West Germany

Central Academy of Art Beijing China

Saint Louis Art Museum

Laumeier International Sculpture Park

Albright Knox Museum Buffalo New York

Springfield Art Museum

Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art

Mitchell Museum

Pulitzer Publishing

Mercantile Trust

Olney Central College

Southern Illinois University

Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

National Gallery of Brooklyn

Webster University Saint Louis & Vienna, Austria

Emerson Electric

Wells Fargo

Southwestern Bell

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

General Steel

Historic Restoration

May Companies

Anheuser Busch

American Airlines


A G Edwards

Renaissance Grand Hotel

Daum Museum

Peabody Energy

US Bank

New Harmony Contemporary Art

First National Bank

current hotel, davenport, ia


Current Positions

Professor, Director of Painting, Leigh Gerdine College of Art, Webster University

Saint Louis and Vienna, Austria Campus, 1988-Present


Founder, Executive Director, The Santo Foundation, 2004-Present


Gallery Director, Arcade Contemporary Art Projects, 2016-Present



MFA          Painting Drawing   Southern Illinois University EDWardsville, 1981

BFA           Painting Drawing   Webster University Saint louis, 1977