Missouri Remembers: Artists 1821-1951

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the State of Missouri, The Spencer Art Reference Library of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in partnership with the Kansas City Art Institute, The Saint Louis Public Library and The Saint Louis Museum of Art are mining their artist files to document the many artists who called Missouri home. Developers of the online searchable portal will rely on resources in the collections of the partner institutions but also on the collections of historical societies, museums and libraries throughout the state. The resulting resource will allow users to explore iconic artists like Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham and to discover lesser known artists who lived in, or spent part of their careers within, the State of Missouri from the state’s beginning through the mid-twentieth century.

Whether you’re a collector, a teacher, a researcher, or just love all things related to the “Show-Me” state, Missouri Remembers: Artists 1821 – 1951 is your gateway to exploring the artists of Missouri! The online artist biographical dictionary is currently in development with the goal of launching a searchable online database in early 2021. Get involved by regularly checking back to the project site and using the contact link to share information about Missouri’s artists.