Our Story

 

Orr Street Studios is a non-profit art organization located in the North Village Arts District of Columbia, Missouri.  The space was established to provide an environment through which the community can interact and participate directly with art and artists. It houses studio space and also contains a large gallery where we display rotating exhibitions. 

In 2005, Mark Timberlake, of Timberlake Engineering, purchased three warehouses on Orr Street. At the time, this part of downtown was undeveloped and still retained structures from its days as a shipping depot.  Timberlake paired with local artist and sculptor, Chris Teeter to transform the properties into what is now Orr Street Studios. In the process of renovation, Timberlake got the idea for our famous giant sliding doors leading in to the studios. Chris Teeter went to work and crafted 16 distinct doors, made largely of recycled materials from the construction of the building. Take a look at our “doors” page to learn more about each door.

The warehouses in 2005 before they became Orr Street Studios.

The warehouses in 2005 before they became Orr Street Studios.

Orr Street Studios officially opened in January 2007 with every studio space filled.  In September 2008, five additional studios were added to the gallery to make a total of 21 studios with several of them housing more than one artist. Orr Street Studios received non-profit status in May 2009.

Since our opening in 2007, a vibrant arts community has flourished in the North Village Arts District. In Fall 2007 we began hosting our weekly Seeing Visions/ Hearing Voices events to invite the public into the gallery and to allow artists who work with a variety of mediums to share their visual and written work.  In addition to Seeing Visions/Hearing Voices, Orr Street Studios also participates in the North Village Arts District First Fridays and Second Saturday for Kids.  These events are hosted to welcome the community into the art world of Columbia.  The community may also rent the gallery space for weddings, fundraisers, and a variety of events.

To learn more, please enjoy watching this short video created by Orr Street Productions, Stephen Hudnell & Beth Pike.

 

 

Orr Street Studios in 2013

Orr Street Studios in 2013