Post Date: Tue, March 10, 2020

This work features four young girls seated against flowered foliage. They break into pairs and appear to examine flowers picked from the shrubbery. This work was painted in an impressionist style of painting. Where the details are substituted for swatches of color that convey the light and emotion of this warm and whimsical day. Pastel colors dissipate into white, seemingly framing the scene in bright sunlight. The colors extend onto the outermost layer of matting with a solid light pink layer of matting separating them. The original painting was by impressionist painter Willem Haenraets.

Post Date: Sat, March 2, 2019

This print is of the "Self-Portrait" by well-known Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham. As the artist looks directly at the viewer, he successfully creates the effect of employing the viewer as mirror ( An interesting play on reflection arises from this dynamic that critics often relate to Bingham's career as an artist. As one of the last self-portraits Bingham created before his death he was likely valuing the relationship between subject and artist as well as the opportunity to be both.

Post Date: Wed, September 30, 2020

In ancient Greek architecture, caryatids are sculptures of draped female figures used in place of columns or pillars. These female structures often supported entablatures on their heads and in doing so, represented their strength and significance to the health and prosperity of society. Since the neck would otherwise be the thinnest and weakest part of the sculpture, caryatids often had thick, elaborate hairstyles that extended the length of their neck to reinforce the weight overhead.

Post Date: Sat, February 23, 2019

This is an enlarged poster of a drawing of a downtown Kansas City block by Charles Graham. Beneath the image reads "NINTH STREET, KANSAS CITY, LOOKING WEST FROM WALNUT STREET-Drawn by Charles Graham- [SEE PAGE 451]." One gets a sense of what the artist may have seen while looking in this direction: a bustling city street alive with streetcars, patrons, and businesses. The buildings that extend the edge of the frame emphasize their verticality and provide a view contemplating the health and progression of the city.

Post Date: Wed, June 19, 2019

Camille Pissarro was born on 10 July 1830 on the island of St. Thomas to Frederick and Rachel Manzano de Pissarro. Pissarro was one of the most renowned French Impressionist painters of the 19th century. During his formative years Pissarrro studied at the Savary Academy in Passy near Paris. While in school Pissarro developed a solid grounding towards painting and drawing, and was instructed by Monsieur Savary to observe nature as part of his artist discipline. Pissarro returned to St. Thomas where he drew in his free time.

Post Date: Wed, June 12, 2019

Ide Collar Company of Troy NY, was a popular men's clothier in the early twentieth century. This print captures a store front that displays the wears of Ide Collar Company. Iconic to Kansas City is that this site is located at the haberdashery that was owned by Truman and Jacobson. Harry S. Truman and his friend, Eddie Jacobson owned a haberdashery at 104 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri. The name of the store was the Truman and Jacobson Haberdashery, located at 12th and Baltimore (104 West 12th) Kansas City, Missouri.

Post Date: Wed, June 5, 2019

This print features a young Black girl seen wearing a sorority blouse and red pencil skirt. A line of presumed family and friends extends from detail in the foreground into the haze of the background. Although in close proximity to one another, each figure appears to stand alone, collaged into the young girl's memory of those who have influenced her in life. As she steps forward, breaking away from her system of influence, she looks back and considers their impact as she advances on her next journey.

Post Date: Sat, June 1, 2019

This print is essentially three squared sections within one another. The outermost section is made up of a fine blue and red checkerboard pattern, drawing into the middle section which has the same pattern enlarged four times. At the center is a solid red square, many times larger than those around it, that offers a quietness in the center of the dizzying commotion. Color theory and Optical Illusion Art psychology account for this effect and give substance to the work's title, "Into Chaos".

Post Date: Wed, June 5, 2019

This print depicts a grid of various industries in Kansas City in 1883 as printed on the lower border of the matting. The print offers exterior and interior in-use accounts of many of the industries. Of those featured are the S. E. Scott & Co. Real Estate Office; the Journal Building with views of the composing room, press room, office, and editorial room; The Deere Mansur & Co. Farm Machinery building; the McCord & Nave Merchantile Co.; the Union Depot; The Geo. Y. Smith & Co.

Post Date: Wed, June 12, 2019

The Convention Hall was a convention center located in Kansas City, Missouri. The original Convention Hall was designed by Frederick E. Hill, and opened on February 22, 1899. This center was destroyed by a fire on April 4th, 1900. The center was redesigned by Hill, and re-opened within a 90 days after construction began. This concentrated effort was labeled the "Kansas City Spirit". The Hall hosted the 1900 Democratic National Convention and the 1928 Republican National Convention.

Post Date: Sat, February 23, 2019

This is an ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) photograph of Kansas City taken in July of 2006. NASA created the ASTER to take "high-resolution (15 to 90 square meters per pixel) images of the Earth in 14 different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from visible to thermal infrared light." Scientists use ASTER data to create detailed maps of land surface temperature, emissivity, reflectance, and elevation. The images produced are scientifically engaged and visually captivating.

Post Date: Wed, February 24, 2021

Published by the Lanward Specialty Publishing Co., Chicago, this print highlights several of the more prominent buildings and neighborhoods of Kansas City as it appeared in 1855. The bird's-eye views include a centrally positioned an image of the Missouri River with buildings on one bank and a Native American settlement on the other bank, between the two move the riverboats. The buildings identified in this piece include the Warder Grand Opera House, Kansas City Times Building, National Agricultural Exposition Building, Board of Trade, Independence Avenue M.E.

Post Date: Wed, June 12, 2019

Ariel view of the Kansas City skyline. The sepia toned print of the skyline shows a unique view of developing downtown Kansas City. This metropolitan view contains many iconic structures including the Jackson County Courthouse, Kansas City City Hall, Oak Tower, also called the Bell Telephone Building, Kansas City Power and Light Building , and the AT&T building amid the urban downtown landscape. The downtown area experienced a revival in the early 2000s and the success of the development can still be seen today.

Post Date: Wed, September 9, 2020

A marbled navy blue frame and broad white matting center this detailed painting by Independence, Missouri native George Lightfoot, titled "K.C. Union Station-Winter". The print's perspective places the station at a distance from the viewer and nestled below the surrounding city skyline. Covered in snow, the Union Station building appears grand and still save for the family building a snowman on the lawn facing it. The small size of the print itself, which is 5 3/4 inches long by 4 1/4 inches wide, encourages the viewer to dial in on the minute details that characterize the artist's style.

Post Date: Sat, June 15, 2019

Edward Degas is regarded as one of the founders of the Impressionist movement in 19th-century painting. However, he regarded himself as a realist or independent due to his pursuit of atypical subject matter and his tendency to paint from unusual vantage points and with asymmetrical compositions. He painted scenes of leisure activities of modern life, such as ballet dancers in the 1870s that eventually comprised perhaps his most memorable series of work.

Post Date: Wed, June 19, 2019

Claude Monet was the founder of the French Impressionist movement which sought to express one's perception of nature through essence and the effect of light on forms. Plein air painting was the chosen subject matter of the movement, but when figures such as this one arose they were depicted in the same style which left details open and gestural. Accordingly unrecognizable, the woman pictured here is Suzanne Hoschedé, daughter of Claude Monet's second wife, Alice Hoschedé. The painting was rendered from a low viewpoint, making Ms.

Post Date: Sat, February 23, 2019

This map is of the Greater Kansas City Metro and Suburbs region. Text in the bottom righthand corner reads the company's slogan "Everything in Maps." The Gallup Map & Art Company was founded in Kansas City in 1875 and is one of the oldest operating cartography companies in the United States. A later reproduction of the same map can be found on their website and is listed as an "antique map featuring the streetcars" (

Post Date: Wed, February 20, 2019

This map provides a visual understanding of Kansas City's urban landscape with bright color blocking to denote major districts packed with extensive quantitative detail. The legend includes house numbers, city limits, county lines, railroads, public buildings, hospitals, county highways, US highways, interstates, shopping centers, parks, cemeteries, golf courses, and an index of the major corporations, or districts that comprise the city.

Post Date: Wed, June 26, 2019

The Kansas City Stockyards operated in the West Bottoms of Kansas City from 1871 to 1991. It was the second largest stockyards in the nation and one of Kansas City’s most important industries. Three separate maps comprise a whole view of the stockyards. Reading from top to bottom, each map is numbered Plate One, Plate Two and Plate Three. The maps were created circa 1907, from map makers Tuttle and Pike. Plate One details "N 1/2 Sec. 6, Tp. 49, R 33.". Two of the neighborhoods included in this area are Coates and Hopkins Addition. Plate Two details "S 1/2 Sec. 6, Tp.

Post Date: Sat, June 15, 2019

This map provides a color-blocked depiction of Kansas City on a grid. The map used for this print was presumably much older since the key at the top identifies horse and cable roads as well as steam roads throughout the city. Steam roads refers to the roads that were created to accommodate the steam powered vehicles developed in the 1800s. The Missouri side, in yellow, features most of the grid as well as the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & Alton, and Kansas City Sunbelt railroads. They trail into the Kansas side, which is pink, and features more of the grid and the Shawnee Reserve.