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 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 research 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.

This project is inspired by Susan Craig’s The Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) that was launched in 2006, revised in 2009 and hosted at KU ScholarWorks.

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