Bicentennial Art Exhibit "Missouri Art Now" on Display through May

Sixty works from artists across Missouri are represented in a traveling exhibit to commemorate Missouri’s 200th year of statehood. It is making a stop at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Art Gallery from April 9 to May 15, which is located at the Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm St., Columbia. Missouri Art Now, A Bicentennial Celebration is a juried exhibit that showcases the state’s dynamic visual arts culture and diversity. Artists ages 18 and older who reside in Missouri were eligible to enter the show. Among the nearly 400 entries, 60 works were chosen for the exhibition.

“We wanted to make sure the art represents works from each region of the state, so locale played a significant role in selecting art for this exhibition,” said Jill Sullivan, executive director of Post Art Library in Joplin, who helped oversee the exhibition. The types of work selected also vary, including acrylic and oil paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed-media, ceramics, and watercolor. Subject matter ranges from abstract to landscapes, portraiture, and more.

Sullivan sees the exhibit as a snapshot of what’s happening right now in Missouri arts during the 200th year as a state. “Missouri has had a rich history in art. It’s also important to recognize Missouri’s strong, vibrant visual arts culture and artists today, said Sullivan. “I think it accomplishes what we set out to do for this traveling exhibit during the bicentennial.”

Missouri 2021 is a statewide initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities, and people. Keep updated on all Missouri 2021 happenings at missouri2021.org and by following the bicentennial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Missouri Art Now

    Apr
    09
    Apr 9 – May 14, 2021
    Where

    Center for Missouri Studies
    Art Gallery, First Floor
    605 Elm Street
    Columbia, MO 65201

    Where

    Center for Missouri Studies
    Art Gallery, First Floor
    605 Elm Street
    Columbia, MO 65201

    A juried exhibition that showcases the state’s dynamic visual arts culture and diversity, Missouri Art Now, A Bicentennial Celebration showcases sixty works from artists across Missouri and commemorates Missouri's 200th year of statehood.

    Following its stop in Columbia, the exhibit will continue to travel around the state. See missouri2021.org for details. 

    Missouri 2021 is a statewide initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri to promote a better understanding of Missouri and its regions, communities, and people.

    Visiting the Gallery