Missouri Art History

with an emphasis on representational art



This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "Missouri Art History." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays.

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Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:

University City Ceramics: Saint Louis Heritage and the Arts and Crafts Movement

We recommend that researchers always search within Resource Library for additional material. Please see TFAO's page How to research topics not listed for more information. As of April, 2015 Resource Library contains 407 pages including the state's name.


Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:

Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

Ashby-Hodge Museum of American Art

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University

National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Saint Louis Art Museum

Stephens Museum

Truman Presidential Museum and Library


Other online information:

Artists from Missouri from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Missouri (sampling of artists and works connected to state) from askArt. Accessed August, 2015.

Famous Missouri Artists, from The State Historical Society of Missouri. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Missouri State Capitol - from Wikipedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Missouri State Capitol Murals - from State of Missouri. Accessed August, 2015.

Plein Air Paintings Representing 114 Counties in Missouri by Billyo O'Donnell, an exhibit held at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art. Accessed April, 2015.

Printmaking in Kansas City: The Moffett Collection is a 2016-17 exhibit at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, which says: ". The Kansas City Art Institute's (KCAI) curriculum added print courses in lithography first under Ross Braught (1898-1983) around 1931 through 1935. Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) was hired as his replacement as head of the painting program but he also brought printmaker John DeMartelly (1903-1979) on to the faculty to encourage students to give lithography, blockprinting, and intaglio mediums a try, as well as participate in the New York City-based Associate American Artists (AAA)." Accessed 11/16

St. Louis Women Artists - 19th & 20th Century from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

University City Ceramics: Saint Louis Heritage and the Arts and Crafts Movement (6/30/04)


TFAO's Distinguished Artists catalogue provides online access to biographical information for artists associated with this state. Also, Search Resource Library for online articles and essays concerning both individual artists associated with this state's history and the history of art centers and museums in this state. Resource Library articles and essays devoted to individual artists and institutions are not listed on this page.


Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:

Mo. artist guide: Of artists who have painted Missouri, by Dan Woodward. Publisher: Rolla Fine Arts Museum; 1st edition (1993)

Sculpture City, St. Louis: Public Sculpture in the "Gateway to the West", By George McCue, David Finn, Amy Binder. Published by Rizzoli International Publications [distributor], 1988. ISBN 0933920628, 9780933920620. 191 pages

Historic & Dedicatory Monuments of Kansas City, By Lillie F Kelsay, Kansas City (Mo.), Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. Published by The Board, 1987

The First Hundred Years, 1879-1979: Washington University School of Fine Arts, By Sally Bixby Defty. Published by Washington University, 1979

Portraits in Missouri: Painted Before 1860, By National Society of the Colonial Dames in America, Published by National Scoiety of the Colonial Dames in America, 1974. 214 pages

The Story of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, 1886-1936., By St. Louis Artists' Guild. Published by s.n, 1936

A century of Missouri art, by J. S Ankeney. 23 pages. Publisher: State Historical Society of Missouri (1922)

Illustrated Handbook of the Missouri Art Exhibit Made Under the Auspices of the Saint Louis Artists' Guild: Art Gallery of the Missouri State Building, with an Introduction, List of Works and Descriptive and Biographical Text, by George Julian Zolnay, Saint Louis Artists' Guild, Published by the Missouri Art Commission, 1905. 77 pages

Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference, By Howard Louis Conard. Published by The Southern history company, Haldeman, Conard & co., proprietors, 1901. Item notes: v.4. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Jan 23, 2008. Full View available via Google Books.

Encyclopedia of the History of St. Louis: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference, By William Hyde, Howard L. Conard. Published by Library Reprints, Inc. ISBN 0722207158, 9780722207154. 1899

History of Saint Louis City and County: From the Earliest Periods to the Present Day: Including Biographical Sketches of Representative Men, By John Thomas Scharf. Published by L.H. Everts, 1883. ISBN 0665132662, 9780665132667. 1943 pages

A Tour of St. Louis; Or, The Inside Life of a Great City, By Joseph A. Dacus, James William Buel. Published by Western publishing company, 1878. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Sep 13, 2006. 554 pages. Full View available via Google Books.

Arts in St. Louis, By William Tod Helmuth. Published by s.n., 1864. Original from Harvard University. Digitized Jun 25, 2008. 64 pages. Full View available via Google Books.

Show Me Sculpture: A Guide to Missouri's Outdoor Sculpture, By Marie Nau Hunter. Published by Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri




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