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Remembering Jerry Berneche (1934-2016)

October 25, 2016 – May 2017

Columbia Research Center

Missouri artist and educator Jerry Berneche passed away on October 5, 2016. An art department faculty member at the University of Missouri from 1966 to 2008, Berneche was a State Historical Society of Missouri supporter. During his career, he earned a reputation as a passionate instructor whose award-winning artwork in pastel, painting, and drawing inspired students and art lovers around Missouri and the nation.

Taking a deep interest in Missouri's history and geography, Berneche worked on several projects documenting the state's natural and cultural heritage. The Society holds many of his artworks in its collection, several of which are currently on display at the Columbia Research Center.

Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass

Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass

February 2017

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

As part of its celebration of Black History Month, the Columbia Research Center is currently exhibiting a piece with special meaning to local artist Byron Smith. Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass, a watercolor painted in 1998, relates a well-known story within the artist's family. Smith's ancestor, Minor Bass Jr., the son of a slave, celebrated the birth of his daughter, Ollie, on March 2, 1881, by planting four pear trees on his property. The gesture was especially poignant because Ollie Bass was born free. Smith learned about these trees as a child and ate their fruit. He decided to paint the landscape because it resonated with his family's history. "This land is deeply rooted within me and inspires me to want to paint," Smith said. Learn more in February Missouri Times.

Pear Trees in Memory of Ollie Bass

The Fight for Educational Equality Envisioned in Editorial Cartoons

February 1 – March 31, 2017

Ellis Library Colonnade, University of Missouri, Columbia, Columbia Research Center

In the 1930s, 40s, and 50s a rash of court cases challenged the legitimacy of the "separate but equal" doctrine that justified segregation in US schools. This resulted in the gradual integration of many state universities, including the University of Missouri in 1950. In 1954 the Supreme Court declared "separate but equal" unconstitutional, yet several state governors openly defied court orders to integrate. This exhibition presents examples of original editorial cartoons from the art collection of the State Historical Society of Missouri that document this tumultuous period.

Fortuny dress

Fashioning a Collection: 50 Years, 50 Objects

March 7 - May 22, 2017

Main Gallery, Columbia Research Center

Join SHSMO in celebrating the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection's 50th anniversary with the special exhibition, Fashioning a Collection: 50 Years, 50 Objects. The artifacts on display will include flat textiles as well as men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories that represent the collection's diverse holdings and archival resources. Explore how these objects continue to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach at the University of Missouri.

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