Art Collection

About the Collection

The Society holds one of the largest collections of paintings by George Caleb Bingham, including, Order No. 11. The Thomas Hart Benton Collection contains the Year of Peril series, lithographs, and other works. Many other Missouri artists, both past and present, are well represented in the Society's holdings.

The Society's extensive editorial cartoon collection includes original drawings by Daniel Fitzpatrick, S. J. Ray, Bill Mauldin, Don Hesse, Tom Engelhardt, and others.

The Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries feature rotating exhibits, with selected paintings by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton on permanent display.

Art Reproductions

Reproductions of select pieces are now available. Visit our online store.


Organizations and school groups can schedule tours of the Main Gallery by contacting the Society at (573) 882-7083 or (800) 747–6366.

Directions to the Gallery in Columbia.

Online Exhibits

Art of George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton
Editorial Cartoons Collection
Fred Geary: Missouri Master of the Woodcut Flickr
Portraits by George Caleb Bingham Flickr
Women, Children and George Caleb Bingham Flickr


Remembering Gen. Order No. 11

Order No. 11

General Order No. 11

Through Summer, 2014

Bingham Room, Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War edict that inspired George Caleb Bingham’s painting, an exhibition of related artworks will feature John Sartain’s 1872 engraved plate, Fred Shane’s drawing of Quantrill’s raid, together with James J. Froese’s abstract interpretation of Bingham’s painting created ca. 1970.

James Otto Lewis’s Aboriginal Portfolio: Native American Portraits from the 1820s to the 30s

Lewis Brewett MiamiChief

November 19, 2013 - May 31, 2014

Corridor Gallery Research Center-Columbia

Original hand-colored lithographs from the portfolio of James Otto Lewis celebrate the rich Native American culture that is woven into the tapestry of the Midwest. Opening during Native American Heritage Month, this exhibit displays some of the first significant illustrations of Native American life as well as Lewis’s impressions of the tribes through quotes from his nineteenth-century text.

Thomas Hart Benton’s American Mythologies

Thomas Hart Benton’s American Mythologies

April 8 through October, 2014

Main Gallery Research Center-Columbia

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the artist's birth on April 15, 1889, this exhibition showcases Thomas Hart Benton artworks that explore the mythic West, including subjects such as Jesse James and the writings of Mark Twain. Visit the Main Gallery at the Research Center-Columbia this April through October to view the intersections of American cultural heritage in Benton's regionalist images.