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.
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.
Fred Geary: Missouri Master of the Woodcut Flickr
Portraits by George Caleb Bingham Flickr
Women, Children and George Caleb Bingham Flickr
Nelly Don: Self-Made, Ready-Made
A collaboration with the Missouri Historic Costume & Textile Collection, University of Missouri
Through May 18, 2013
The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center - Columbia, Main Gallery
Mrs. Ellen Quinlan Donnelly Reed was a truly self-made American success story. In a time when most women did not own or even manage a business, she created one of the largest women’s dress companies in the United States. She began what was to become the Donnelly Garment Company in Kansas City in 1916 by designing and selling housedresses. Because of the quality and style of Donnelly’s dresses, they were often featured in the editorial fashion pages of the New York Times. As one advertisement put it: “Out in the Midwest a woman has this big American idea: to use modern factory dressmaking to give the ‘mostest of the bestest for the leastest.’”
Money, Mail and Memoria:
Ephemera of the Civil War Era
Through August 2013
The State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center
- Columbia, Corridor Gallery
Many limit discussion of Civil War art to paintings, sculptures, photographs, and fine prints. This exhibit focuses on popular imagery from more unexpected contexts. Pictures decorated currency, newspapers, sheet music, books, popular prints, and other media. Much of this neglected art of the Civil War era helps us better understand the political, social, and cultural climate of the period.