The Columbia Experience – Amazing Art

Just because you love football doesn’t mean you can’t love art, right? Right. And when you visit Columbia, plenty of can’t miss art experiences await you! Whether you enjoy taking in the works of historical artists or discovering new talent, Columbia has plenty of options for the art lover in you. Here are some highlights:


Those who appreciate the past are sure to enjoy these two great sites on the University of Missouri campus. Each place showcases an array of both permanent and rotating exhibits to explore during your visit.

Museum of Art & Archaeology

A sketch by Picasso at the Museum of Art and Archaeology.

The collection at the Museum of Art and Archaeology is comprehensive, containing objects from a wide range of cultures. The collection of Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern art works and artifacts is especially strong, and there are significant holdings from ancient Egypt and Byzantium. The Museum also has important holdings in European and American art from the fifteenth century to the present, including a Samuel H. Kress Study Collection of European paintings.

State Historical Society

The Society holds one of the largest collections of paintings by George Caleb Bingham, including, Order No. 11. The Thomas Hart Benton Collection contains the Year of Peril series, lithographs, and other works. Many other Missouri artists, both past and present, are well represented in the Society’s holdings.

The Society’s extensive editorial cartoon collection includes original drawings by Daniel Fitzpatrick, S. J. Ray, Bill Mauldin, Don Hesse, Tom Engelhardt, and others.

The Main Gallery and Corridor Galleries feature rotating exhibits, with selected paintings by George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton on permanent display.


Columbia Art League Gallery

Sherrie Kueckelhan ‘Canyon Blaze’ from the current exhibition.

The Columbia Art League Gallery is located on 9th Street and is adjoined to the historic Missouri Theatre. The CAL Gallery shows rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring local, regional and national artists. The current exhibit, ‘Give the Gift of Art’ is an annual showcase of Columbia’s wonderful, local artistic talent. CAL also offers classes, workshops and organizes the Art in the Park festival every spring.

George Caleb Bingham Gallery

From the current “Works on Paper” exhibit by Ronaldo Estevez Jordan

The George Caleb Bingham gallery finds its home in the Fine Arts building on the University of Missouri campus. Rotating exhibits showcase the amazing work of MU students, faculty and other honored guest artists. Stop in to see emerging artistic talent and the artists who inspire them.

PS: Gallery

Rural Structure 1 by Joel Sager

PS:Gallery is in the North Village Arts District in downtown Columbia and features rotating exhibits of local, regional and nation artists in all mediums. Their philosophy is that art should be inclusive not exclusive. Art shouldn’t be intimidating, but enjoyed by everyone. Come explore the gallery and let them teach you about the artists we carry and what makes them special. Whether browsing, buying or being inspired, all are welcome.

Take Home Some Art

Of course, the galleries above are outstanding places to buy beautiful art, but here are a few more stops where you can pick up something uniquely Columbia on your visit.


Bluestem Missouri Crafts

Artlandish Gallery