The Friends of Arrow Rock will be hosting a symposium as part of its 200th birthday celebration of Missouri artist and Arrow Rock native George Caleb Bingham.  Click here to here KMZU’s Chris Perkins talk with Friends of Arrow Rock Executive Director Kathy Borgman about this special event.

Kathy Borgman

From the Friends of Arrow Rock website:

On April 2, the Friends of Arrow Rock will present “Bingham in the Boonslick,” a day-long symposium featuring Dr. Margaret Conrads, Samuel Sosland Curator of American Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City; Dr. Joan Stack, Curator of Art for the State Historical Society of Missouri; and Roger Robinson, historic researcher for a forthcoming book on Bingham.

The term Boonslick refers to a region of central Missouri along the Missouri River that became the hub of the westward expansion in the early nineteenth century. Arrow Rock, located in the heart of the Boonslick region, was Bingham’s hometown and the house he built there in 1837 is a National Historic Landmark. Spending his formative years and indeed much of his life in Arrow Rock and the Boonslick helped to shape the man that Bingham became and he incorporated those places into many of his political and river paintings.

The symposium will coincide with the launch of an exhibition of Bingham’s art that will run from April 2 to July 30 at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center and then move to the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University in Fayette from August 14 through October 30. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Friends of Arrow Rock and the Ashby-Hodge Gallery are commissioning an accompanying catalog that is being written by Dr. Maryellen McVicker.