Missouri Remembers: Artists in Missouri 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 is embarking on an initiative to document the artists of Missouri’s past. The goal of this initiative is to create a biographical dictionary of visual 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. This information will then be shared in a variety of ways, including freely online.

Information about Missouri’s artists isn’t just located in its largest cities but also in smaller historical societies, museums and libraries throughout the state. We encourage you to get involved by regularly checking back to this site and by using the contact us link below to share information on Missouri’s artists. This project is a collaborative initiative that is under the auspices of The State Historical Society of Missouri’s Missouri 2021 Bicentennial initiative and is undertaken in partnership with organizations throughout the state.

The inspiration for this project is inspired by the model created by Susan Craig, University of Kansas Libraries, retired. The Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) was launched in 2006 and revised in 2009 and hosted at KU ScholarWorks.

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Missouri Rmembers The State Historical Society of Missouri

Image credit: Education Department Record, RG 32, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Archives