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.

Tours

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

Exhibitions

World at War—Women at Work

Order No. 11

March 6 – June 6

Research Center–Columbia

In collaboration with the State Historical Society of Missouri, the University of Missouri's Textile and Apparel Management Department presents World at War—Women at Work. This exhibit explores the changing roles of American women during World Wars I and II as portrayed through period dress, the popular press, and political propaganda. The display from TAM's Historic Costume and Textile Collection will be integrated with related contextual images, including relevant artwork from the State Historical Society art collection.

Four Turbulent Decades: The Cartoons of Tom Engelhardt

Four Turbulent Decades: The Cartoons of Tom Engelhardt

May 9 – October 17

Research Center–Columbia

Explore pivotal events ranging from the President Kennedy assassination to the 9/11 attacks as portrayed through the evocative images of longtime St. Louis Post-Dispatch political cartoonist Tom Engelhardt. The exhibit will feature editorial cartoons spanning Engelhardt's career that demonstrate his unique historical perspective and his ability to stir the public conscience. Take advantage of this opportunity to see Engelhardt's poignant artwork on topics such as the civil rights movement, the environment, and the Vietnam War.

Audubon's Paper Menageries: Birds and Quadrupeds

Audubon's Paper Menageries: Birds and Quadrupeds

June 20 – November 28

Research Center–Columbia

John James Audubon (1785–1851) traversed North America studying and painting the nation's birds and animals. Working with printmakers, he translated these experiences into spectacular hand-colored engravings and lithographs depicting American wildlife. Audubon's Paper Menageries: Birds and Quadrupeds features selected original prints from Audubon's gigantic books, The Birds of America (1827–1838) and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America (1845–1848). Viewers will see bison, bears, hawks, and bluebirds. Perhaps the most poignant image is the life-sized, hand-colored engraving of a pair of passenger pigeons, members of a species that became extinct in 1914. Join the State Historical Society for a curator's walk-though at 1:30 p.m. on August 29.