Step into an art museum and immediately feel transported to a different world. Footsteps echo softly through the beautiful building. Cool air keeps visitors comfortable and priceless art protected. Works by remarkable artists line every wall. In Missouri, each part of the state possesses its own wonderful art scene.
Witness artistic success in Sedalia at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. Opening its doors in January 2002, the collection, which totals more than 1,000 works, includes art by some of the most revered American artists of the past six decades. View pieces by such iconic artists as Andy Warhol, Richard Serra, Helen Frankenthaler, Roy Lichtenstein and Julian Schnabel, plus works by well-known Missouri artists.
Missouri artists are represented in the State Historical Society of Missouri Art Galleries, in Columbia, where the galleries pay homage to two of Missouri's most famous artists: George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton. The Society holds one of the largest collections of paintings by George Caleb Bingham, including, Order No. 11. Visitors interested in the World War II era have the opportunity to view the Year of Peril series by Thomas hart Benton, containing some of his best-known work. Also, the galleries house a large collection of editorial cartoons.
In southwest Missouri, the Springfield Art Museum offers 12 galleries, consisting of more than 8,000 objects. These pieces represent thousands of years of culture. Special collections include 19th, 20th, and 21st century American paintings; watercolors; sculptures; and prints.
In St. Louis, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on the campus of Washington University, showcases works from the 1800s to modern day. The museum's permanent collection contains works by such luminaries as Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, and American abstractionist Jackson Pollock.
The phenomenal Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis continuously hosts thought-provoking, beautiful shows. The exhibit demonstrate a broad range of techniques, narratives, and conceptual approaches.
In Kansas City, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art features modern pieces from great artistic minds around the world.
A work of art itself, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, in St. Joseph, displays masterworks from the past four centuries. The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by artists including Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri and Edward Hopper. A wide variety of special programs compliment the Museum’s exhibitions, including child and adult art classes, gallery talks, film series, and performances.
In Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the crown jewels in the city's vibrant art scene. This museum enjoys international recognition for having one of the finest collections in the world. Explore room after room of African, Asian, American Indian and European Art. Outside to see the wonderful pieces in the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park.