Missouri Art Now is a call-for-entry based competition that was juried among the four corners of Missouri to shed a spotlight on exemplary artists chosen for the distinguished honor of representing Missouri’s vibrant visual arts culture as we celebrate our Bicentennial. This traveling exhibition consists of 60 diverse works by 60 artists whose artistry stood out among hundreds of others. Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration will visit the following venues throughout 2021:
- March 5-27, 2021: Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, MO
- April 9-May 15, 2021: The Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia, MO
- May 29-July 17, 2021: Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO
- July 24-September 4, 2021: Hannibal Arts Council in Hannibal, MO
- September 18-November 7, 2021: Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO
Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration is a collaboration among Post Art Library and Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO; Hannibal Arts Council in Hannibal, MO; the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO; and the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, MO. Missouri Art Now is endorsed by Missouri 2021, an initiative of The State Historical Society of Missouri.
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 and The St. Louis Public Library will create a free, online resource that documents the artists who lived in, or spent part of their careers within, the State of Missouri from its beginning in 1821 to 1951. Project partners will mine their artist files and archival collections to create individual records that describe each artist’s life and practice. The resulting online resource will allow anyone interested in learning more about Missouri’s artistic traditions to explore lesser-known artists and iconic figures, such as Thomas Hart Benton and George Caleb Bingham.
Whether you’re a collector, a teacher, a researcher or just love all things related to the “Show-Me” state Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri 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.
Missouri Remembers has been made possible through funding from the Missouri Humanities Council and from the National Endowment for the Humanities.