Beneath the Surface

Local artists Sarah Goodnow Riley-Land and William Riley-Land present “Beneath the Surface,” a trompe l’oeil installation created with layers of homemade adhesive, and inspired by the work of Italian street artists. Be sure to experience each layer of these pieces on your way to the next film! These can be spotted in Alley A and along the wall of The Blue Note.

Box Office Art

Artists Sabrina Braden and Sasha Goodnow have transformed our Box Office into a lush, decadent Victorian-era parlor; this cozy yet off-kilter space will confuse and amaze as only the best magicians can.

Camera Obscure / TransPlant

Don’t miss “Camera Obscure,” local artist Duncan Bindbeutel’s larger than life camera: the magical view you’ll see inside will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. To augment the natural landscape, Leland Drexler-Russell’s “TransPlant” pods will also be on display here -- as with Leland’s Alley A pods, these vibrant plants glow and fade as Fest-goers move towards and away from them. Both on display on the lawn of the Picturehouse. 

Campfire Stories

Tracy Greever-Rice has conjured up an even larger array of animals to sit alongside us as we listen to this year’s Campfire Stories. Illuminated by Sarah Mercer’s fire, these adorable wooden critters might just get up and walk away!

Coral TV Tower

Upstairs at the Blue Note, bathe in a sea of video donated by the Chicago Film Archives and resident archivist Anne Wells, encrusted in coral courtesy of local artist Sarah Mercer.


As you pass by the Globe theater, or on your way out, take a gander at the late, great Willy Wilson’s dragon, still going strong. 

Forrest Theater at the Tiger Hotel

Tree by tree, Michael Marcum continues his metal reforestation project. This year's tree is an interactive marvel that references the Orange Tree Illusion. Laura Haynes and her students from Mexico, MO, have created leafy garlands and woodland creatures to nestle with Michael’s trees in the Black and Gold Room. In the theater, Fran Lakatos’ shadow boxes flicker inside the APW's infamous, moon-lit birch forest.

The Globe

Camellia Cosgray’s lighted megamap resides inside the theater along with Shea Boresi’s stained-glass panels; these glowing marvels are made entirely of tissue paper and glue. In the lobby, you’ll discover the interactive Mapacus!, created by our very own APW, and a  keyed-up Barb the Buffalo returns for her fourth year. 

Juniper and Fyn

Artist Taylor Ross, who divides her time between Iowa and Colorado, has constructed an interactive mechanical sculpture for the Missouri Theatre lobby alcove. Because this piece does not require electricity to run, Fest-goers will have the chance to run the hand-crank to get it moving. This ambitious work is also able to produce nostalgic tunes; Taylor has collaborated with Chimney Choir on a few musical compositions -- hear this unique performance at the kick-off of Busker’s Last Stand.


Don’t miss Bob Hartzell’s paper lamps high above the theater floor. These delicate yet tough creations -- made of tissue paper, dowel rods, and glue -- have graced the Blue Note during T/F for many years.

A Large and Sensitive Darkness

St Louis artists Georgia McCandlish and Anya Liao’s “a large and sensitive darkness” is a haunting piece that explores the very basics of communication, on display at the Globe. Be sure to glimpse into the world beyond the wall as emerging figures stretch through to create a connection.

Maggie Tripp

Be sure to look out for Maggie Tripp’s work, inspired by a love of film, which causes a big scene on a small scale at Forrest Theater and Hittsville (Ragtag/Uprise/9th St Video/Hitt Records).

Music Venues

Mojo's / Local artist Gabrielle Parish, with the assistance of artist Madeline Carl and carpenter Mac McDermott, transforms Mojo’s into a magic reality of doors to nowhere and intricate shadow puppets.

Cafe Berlin / As you dance the nights away at our Music Showcases, ponder where the musicians might end up if they went through any of the doorways that our very own Gabrielle Parish has installed on-stage. Returning artist Jesse Graves has created "Sensory Synthesis" with Shannon Molter. Sensory Synthesis is an interactive traveling sculpture-puppet that will make it's debut through the March-March parade. Afterwards, you can find this creature at Cafe Berlin for the music showcases! The sight of this large colorful creature emitting interesting sounds will also allow festivalgoers to move and operate the sculpture itself.

The Blue Fugue / Inspired by Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin’s Marvelous Orange Tree, local artists Gabrielle Parish, Madeline Carl and Mac McDermott have transformed the Fugue into an orange grove. Bask in the illusions of the “father of the modern style of conjuring” while you tap your feet to the best music T/F has to offer.

Oceanic Blue Note

With the help of Vimeo (check out Glenn Rice’s incredible signage on the marquee outside), the Columbia landmark sinks underwater again, with its the barnacle-covered walls, coral reefs, and oceanic stalactites and stalagmites, unearthed by Tracy Greever-Rice and the APW. Upstairs, bathe in a sea of video donated by the Chicago Film Archives and resident archivist Anne Wells, encrusted in coral courtesy of local artist Sarah Mercer. Finally, don’t miss Bob Hartzell’s paper lamps high above the theater floor. The Blue Note is sponsored by Vimeo for T/F 2014.

Party Art

At @ction, local magic makers Gabe Meyer and Brian Doss bring us their vision of an alternate world where T/F staffers are truly kin. Dance your heart out beneath the figurative glow of their familial affection and the actual glow of intricate light installations. Elsewhere you may stumble upon mirrored tree-houses ready to be inhabited by party-goers.

Picturehouse Portrait Project

Inside the theater, Nathan Truesdell, Sam Spencer, Steve Rice, Rick Agran, Nick Michael, Chelsea Myers, and the MU Micro-Doc class bring back the larger-than-life video portraits of our fellow mid-Missourians. Sponsored by Missouri Cancer Associates.

Primordial Mystic Reliquary of "Spaceship Earth"

Hailing from St. Louis, SPORE Projects returns to construct a Buckminster Fuller inspired structure spearheaded by area native Emily Hemeyer, installed on the Hittsville lawn. The piece showcases SPORE's signature collaborative spirit combined with eclectic and mysterious materials in and out. Explorable by day and illuminated by night, expect a menagerie of multi-sensory experiences inside: things may not be as they seem.

Prismic Illusion

Local artists Britta Simpson and Lizzie Bryan present “Prismic Illusions,” colorful, multifaceted statues meant to confuse and amuse.  As you make your way through the lobby of the Picturehouse, be sure to catch a glimpse of these structures at all angles, some may surprise you!


Minneapolis-based artist Eric Rieger, aka HOTTEA, has worked closely with the T/F ART Team and local artist Katie Jenkins to create "Resilience," a massive and stunning rain of color, made entirely of yarn (12 miles of it!), stretching from the third floor to just above the average human’s height in the Rotunda of Jesse Hall.  

Selected Works of Akiko Stehrenberger

Hittsville hosts the work of Los Angeles-based artist Akiko Stehrenberger, creator of the gorgeous illustration for this year’s T/F poster. T/F fans will recognize a few of the films whose posters are on display, and all will be impressed by the breadth of Akiko’s work and talent. Frames courtesy Terry Rice; glass courtesy Koonse glass; frame assemblage courtesy The Missouri Art Gallery.

Sensory Synthesis

Returning artist Jesse Graves has created "Sensory Synthesis" with Shannon Molter. Sensory Synthesis is an interactive traveling sculpture-puppet that will make its debut through the March-March parade. Afterwards, you can find this creature at Cafe Berlin! 

Signage around the Fest

Glenn Rice, our resident sign czar, has done it again; his largest signs are more than informational: they're works of art. Check out the VIMEO signs at the Blue Note, the Odd Fellows sign, and the GLOBE sign on the Cherry Street garage. Glenn almost single-handedly created every one of them. 


If the Box Office is the heart of the festival, Alley A is its main artery. At the 9th St intersection, California-based artist Yulia Pinkusevich’s “Stilted” returns -- this imagined city pulls in structures from all corners of the globe to create a utopia on stilts.

The Story Store

While you’re picking up your tickets or purchasing this year’s fabulous T/F merch, don’t miss the Story Store, an interactive project from the folks of Folk to Folk. This pop-up trading post re-imagines the purchasing processes involved in our everyday experiences. Participants contribute a small, meaningful object, but rather than selling it, they tell the story behind the object, and have the chance to choose a story and object that resonates with them in exchange. -- open Wed 4P-9P and Thurs, Fri, Sat, & Sun 11A-4P. For more info, visit

TransPlant (in alley)

St Louis-based artist Leland Drexler-Russell’s “TransPlant,” located at the Ragtag end of the alley, will surprise and delight with his glowing nest-egg-polyps that react as Fest-goers venture towards them.

The Tunnel

An APW Masterpiece that can be seen from as far away as Locust Street, The Tunnel leads festgoers from the downtown section of the Fest footprint to Jesse Auditorium. You can't possibly miss this perception-distorting megalith. 

Untitled. Suspended Objects.

As you enter the lobby, look up for these mesmerizing helical forms created by St Louis artists Elisa Sugar, Sarah Paulsen, and D. Lohr Barkley. These hollow structures adorned in fabric skins twist and turn as they amplify the lofty ceilings at the Picturehouse.

Willy Wilson Theater

The Little Theater, renamed The Willy Wilson Theater in 2013, has been permanently transformed to honor Willy’s legacy; his most famous quote was lovingly painted on the cinder-block walls by family friend and T/F alum Jessie Starbuck, while local artist Michael Marcum has created an intricate maze of pipes and detritus, all found in Willy’s personal collection.