The Bruce & Barbara Feldacker Labor Art Collection

Assembled by St. Louis labor lawyer Bruce Feldacker, the collection consists of over five hundred paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture on the theme of labor and the role of the laborer in America. While focusing on this subject as the primary guide for acquisition decisions, Bruce also gave weight to local and regional artists in selecting works. As a result, the collection has a remarkable breadth of style as well as a chronological depth, both of which contribute to its strength as a teaching tool in the areas of American art and American labor history. A significant number of works are on permanent display at all times, and tours are available upon request. The art collection is supported by an extensive reference library of scholarly publications on artists in the collection, labor art themes, and related exhibition catalogues. Books in the reference library are listed online and can be accessed through the Library’s reference room or by contacting the curator.
St. Louis Mercantile Library Art Museum
End of Shift
Oil painting showing a man accompanied by a child walking on a sidewalk with factory and busy street in the background.
Images of Work
Photograph of male worker leaning againt building near a sign stating "Danger Employees Only".
Support Affordable Housing Picketing
Pencil drawing of workers from various unionswalking and holding signs.
Cement Work
Watercolor painting showing construction worker preparring concrete with façade of Saint Louis Art Museum in background.
Steel Worker
Painting showing steel worker pouring molten metal from a crucible. Items made from metal are also shown falling from the mouth of the crucible.
Hattie Baking Biscuits
Acrylic painting showing a woman in a commercial kitchen leaning over a counter that holds biscuit dough and a rolling pin.
Building Service Group
Wood block print showing group of employees, some with tools of their trade.
Joe Hill
Oil painting showing labor organizer and singer Joe Hill in shackles with a crowd and banner behind him.
Work Crew, Busch Stadium Garage
Watercolor painting showing construction workers in foreground with Busch Stadium and Gateway Arch in the background.
The Marble Quarry
Oil painting showing workers in a marble quarry with cart, hoist, and various tools.
For All These Rights
Lithograph showing man with agitated expression and upraised fist surrounded by banners; created for the CIO for the 1948 election urging union members to vote.
Mississippi Lime Quarry, Ste. Genevieve
Lithograph showing a Mississippi lime quarry with one worker in foreground.

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