The Art Collection consists of over 12,000 works of art in a variety of media ranging from paintings and drawings to editorial cartoons and lithographs. The collection focuses on images of Missouri, works by Missouri artists, and works related to westward expansion. Of particular importance are over fifty paintings, drawings, and prints by George Caleb Bingham and over 300 paintings and drawings by Thomas Hart Benton. Works by John James Audubon, Karl Bodmer, Frank Nuderscher, and Fred Shane are also well represented. Digital images for a small portion of the art collection may be viewed online.Editorial Cartoons
The Society’s collection of editorial cartoons was started in 1946 with an important donation of works by Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Daniel F. Fitzpatrick. The collection continues to grow, with over 8,000 works from Bill Mauldin, Tom Engelhardt, and many others.
The works graphically and often poignantly reflect the attitudes and opinions of the artists and the citizens of Missouri from the early days of the twentieth century through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and up to the present.