The Discerning Eye
January 26 - May 3
Bingham in the Boonslick: A Bicentennial Celebration (1811-2011)
Two hundred years after his birth, the paintings of George Caleb Bingham will be featured at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University.
The exhibition opens with a reception on Sunday, Aug. 14 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Gallery. It is located on the lower level of Cupples Hall at CMU and admission is free, noted Curator of the Exhibition Joe Geist.
The exhibit continues each Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30-4:30 p.m. through Oct. 30, and by special appointment; contact Geist at 660-248-6234 (Gallery) or 660-248-6304 (office) for information.
George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) was born in Virginia, and moved with his family to the bustling new community of Franklin, Howard County, in 1819. While he later lived in many places around the country and traveled extensively, he always returned to what is referred to as "The Boonslick" and found much inspiration there for his paintings.
The upcoming exhibit features 30 paintings, lithographs and engravings by Bingham. They depict boatmen and fur traders, men, women and children, country politicians and settlers, all done in Bingman's distinctive and rich style.
A special feature of the exhibit will be eight paintings by or attributed to Bingham protégé and Howard County native William Morrison Hughes (1818-1892), one of the few known students of Bingham. Hughes is also believed to be featured in one of Bingham's paintings, "The Jolly Flatboatmen."
A fascinating character aside from his acclaim as an artist, the thrice-married Bingham was elected to the Missouri legislature, was appointed Missouri state treasurer and late adjutant-general, and was the first Professor of Art at the University of Missouri. He died in Kansas City in 1879 and is buried there.
The Bingham exhibition features pieces on loan from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri State Historical Society, Boonslick Historical Society, Boonville Masonic Temple, and from private collections.
Can't make it to the Gallery? Visit the show online.