Missouri Museum Madness: Art

Why do people love art? Art makes you think. Art makes you feel. Art is a universal language.

Fortunately you don’t have to limit your love for art to one style or period. You can equally love the abstract paint splatters of Jackson Pollock as much as the intricate glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly.

There is no one-size-fits-all definition of art which gives each of us great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. So use your powers wisely and get out to enjoy the wonderful art Missouri has to offer.

Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia.
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia.

Opening its doors in January 2002, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia includes art by some of America’s most-revered artists. 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 well represented in the State Historical Society of Missouri Art Galleries in Columbia, where the galleries pay special homage to two of Missouri’s most famous artists: George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton.

In southwest Missouri, the Springfield Art Museum offers a dozen galleries, holding more than 8,000 works of art. These pieces represent thousands of years of culture. Special collections include 19th, 20th and 21st century American paintings, watercolors, sculptures and prints.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, showcases works from the 1800s to modern day. The museum’s permanent collection contains works by such luminaries as Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn and Spanish painter Pablo Picasso. A St. Louis icon, the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, has stood since the 1904 Worlds Fair and houses artistic pieces from all over the world.

The Saint Louis Art Museum.
The Saint Louis Art Museum.

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.

In Kansas City, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is one of the crown jewels in the city’s vibrant art scene. Explore room after room of African, Asian, American Indian and European art. Step outside to see the wonderful pieces in the 22-acre Kansas City Sculpture Park.

For a truly one-of-a-kind museum experience, visit the National Silk Art Museum in Weston. The museum exhibits the world’s largest collection of woven silk tapestries (more than 300) produced 200 years ago on punch-card mechanical looms. Every tapestry in the collection is a digitized copy of an original painting by one of more than 85 master artists from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Founded in 1998, the Sheldon Art Galleries are a part of the Sheldon Arts Foundation. Located in the heart of Grand Center, St. Louis’ vibrant cultural district, the Galleries feature more than 7,000 square feet devoted to changing exhibitions of painting, printmaking, photography, architecture, sculpture, installation work, jazz history and children’s art.

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