The mission of CSA STL is to serve as an economic driver for cultural producers in St. Louis, while simultaneously breaking down the barriers to entry for those interested in purchasing original artwork. We bring artists and audiences together.
Community Supported Art is an exciting new model of artistic production and distribution that supports artists in the creation of new work and helps them establish relationships with local collectors and patrons. Modeled after the ethos of community supported agriculture, the concept is simple — collectors buy a share of art at the beginning of a season that is comprised of locally-produced pieces of art by jury-selected artists. Over the course of the season, collectors receive their art at pick-up events where they can connect directly with artists, meet other members, and walk away with several new pieces of art! You can learn how community supported art got started with CSA Minneapolis.
The proceeds from member shares go to the artists for the production of their work. That means you get the benefits of crowd-funded support, and artists get the benefit of a buy-direct model, meeting patrons interested in buying their work.
The goal? To erase the barriers to entry for people interested in buying art, whether it's cost or access. By providing value to would-be collectors and connecting them directly to artists, we hope to cultivate long-term relationships that result in a stronger, self-sustaining, art-creating community.
Meet the CSA Team:
Founder & Lead Organizer
Katy is a native New Yorker who came to St. Louis by way of Pittsburgh. She studied Art History in college and fell in love with museums in the process. After spending almost 4 years working at Dia: Beacon, she left New York to attend Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her Master's of Arts Management degree in 2012. She has held roles in Exhibitions, Communications, Public Art, and Gallery Management and is currently the Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator at Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design. When she's not working she really likes baking cookies, playing with her cats, and exploring new parts of the city.
Packaging & Events
Cassandra is a native of Illinois who has called St. Louis home for over 7 years. She works as a technical editor for the Missouri Botanical Garden and has a passion for poetry and the written word. She loves to cook and makes delicious masterpieces with fresh and local ingredients.
You can follow Cassandra on Instagram @Cassandrez
Gardiner's exposure to art-making and creative communities began in the DIY subcultures of skateboarding, local music and graffiti art. A designer and artist at heart, he's a creative director who's helped non-profits, mom-and-pop shops and Fortune 500s tell their stories through whatever creative means possible.
When he's not on-press or editing copy, he fawns over ligatures, lazy rivers, vintage bikes, clean code and a clever turn of phrase.