If a picture is worth a thousand words, the walls of Missouri’s art galleries and museums have a lot
to say. From local working artisans to luminaries known around the globe, artists are eager to share their work in the Show-Me State.
Visit the Gallery of Art and Design – University of Central Missouri
to see the next great generation of up-and-coming artists. Senior Exhibition I
, through Nov. 19, displays students’ culminating work in a wide variety of media.
If you enjoy talking to artists about their work, you won’t want to miss the First Friday event hosted by the galleries of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
in Cape Girardeau
. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Lorimier Gallery, chatting with artists along the way. Open from 5 p.m.−9 p.m., the next First Friday event is Dec. 3.
A spectacular stroll awaits at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
in Kansas City
, thanks to the Kansas City Sculpture Park. The park contains works by legendary sculptors, including Henry Moore and Claes Oldenburg. Inside the Nelson-Atkins Museum itself, see Clare Twomey: Forever
, a visiting ceramics exhibit with gorgeous pieces. View several exhibitions, including Thinking Photography: Five Decades at the Kansas City Art Institute
On the other side of the state, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
, like the Nelson-Atkins, is so architecturally stunning it is a work of art itself. After you are wowed by the Brad Cloepfil-designed space, check out the new exhibits by Richard Artschwager and Elad Lassry, on display until Jan. 2, 2011.
Be dazzled by an elegant and expensive medium at the National Silk Art Museum
, located inside the Historic Saint George Hotel in Weston
. This incredible collection contains more than 200 French silk tapestries depicting major 19th- and 20th-century artworks. It is possibly the largest such display in the world.
Speaking of which, Missouri is a great place for rare exhibits. That’s certainly the case at the Silver Rails Gallery
in La Plata
, which has the distinction of being one of the very few stand-alone museums in America devoted exclusively to railroad-related art. We may not travel as frequently by train today, but the railroad plays a huge role in our cultural identity. Explore train transport, past and present, from a variety of perspectives.
The Gary R. Lucy Gallery
, Missouri, casts an artistic eye on issues of historic importance. A master at capturing the essence of the steamboat era, Lucy brings 19th-century waterways to life. The Lewis and Clark Expedition also figures very prominently in his works. Also located in Washington, the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame
honors outstanding photographers who have been recognized for capturing everything from daily life to breaking news in our state.