Visitors Guide to
Public Art Spaces

including Museums & Galleries
in the Middle Mississippi River Valley
   
In addition to the following spaces in the Middle Mississippi River Valley St. Louis and St. Louis County also offers a wide variety of public spaces that visitors can view works of art. Click here for greatriverroad.com's coverage of where to go to see great art in metropolitan St. Louis. The listings are in general geographical order from north to south.
   
Fort Madison Area Arts
Association Gallery Depot

804 10th Street
Fort Madison, IA
319-372-3996
 
  The FMAAA Gallery Depot is housed in the renovated Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad Passenger Depot and features fine art exhibits, as well as a sales gallery carrying the works of over 60 local artists. They boast great featured "Artists of the Month" exhibits, Lunch-a-la-Art, play host to tours and special major events, and periodically offer special classes.
 
Quincy Art Center
1515 Jersey Street
Quincy, IL
217-223-5900
  The Quincy Art Center, a museum of the visual arts, was started in 1923 and is located on the grounds of the former Lorenzo Bull mansion, now the Women’s City Club. In 1990 an award-winning addition was opened with galleries and a gift shop with studio space in the lower level. A variety of rotating exhibitions are presented throughout the year. Important contemporary Midwestern art is a primary focus, and work by artists of national and international renown are also featured. Visit the Quincy Art Center website for more information.
Hannibal Arts Council Galleries
1221 Market Street
Hannibal, MO
573-221-6545
 
  The Helen Cruikshank Knighton Gallery and the Gallery "g2" are active, viable gallery spaces hosting monthly exhibits featuring two-and three-dimensional works by regional artists of all ages. Visit the Hannibal Arts Council website for more information. 
 
     
Henry Lay Sculpture Park
Louisiana, MO
 
  The 20-acre Henry Lay Sculpture Park is surrounded by a 300-acre natural refuge with a well-maintained path that takes visitors on a 40-minute walk past approximately 20 sculptures by internationally known artists. The Park also features a “Story Woods” for children.
   
Louisiana Murals
Louisiana, MO
  The Louisiana Mural Organization was founded in 2000 to help revitalize the downtown area, and to encourage visitors. Over 20 murals are painted on buildings around the area, and more are planned.
   
Village of Elsah Museum
26 La Salle Street
PO Box 117
Elsah, IL
618-374-1059
  Local history museum operated by the Historic Elsah Foundation. The Museum holds an annual photography contest and exhibition.
Open April through October
Fridays- Sundays 1 pm - 4 pm
     
Jacoby Arts Center
627 E. Broadway
Alton, IL
618-462-5222
 
  This facility in downtown Alton is located in the renovated 1899 Jacoby furniture store. The Jacoby Arts Center features an art gallery on the first floor with rotating exhibits by local artists and offers classes for adults and children. 
 
Alton Museum
of History and Art
2809 College Avenue
Alton, IL
618-462-2763
Explore Alton's past! Exhibits include Robert Wadlow (the world's tallest man), the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Black Pioneers, the Underground Railroad, the Piasa Bird, the Civil War and Riverboats.
    Overlooking the Missouri River and near historic Downtown St. Charles, this new 36,800-square-foot, interactive interdisciplinary arts center offers visitors multiple galleries with high quality exhibitions, working art studios, performing art presentations, and classes. 
The Foundry Art Centre
520 N. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-255-0270
 
   
 
     
Haviland Museum
625 S. Main Street
St. Charles, MO
636-925-0745
 
  Located in the historic Newbill-McElhiney House, this museum has nearly one thousand pieces of this exceptional china on display. 
   
William & Florence
Schmidt Art Center

2500 Carlyle Avenue
Southwestern Illinois College
Belleville, IL
618-222-5278
  This new 6,800 sq. ft. privately funded art gallery was opened in 2002 consists of a permanent and teaching art collection more than 400 pieces. Sculptures, paintings, photographs, lithographs and monographs from renowned artists such as Claus Moor, Salvador Dali, Ansel Adams, Rembrandt Van Rijn, and Robert Motherwell are included in the collection which also features a beautifully landscaped sculpture garden and walkway. The Schmidt Art Center and Gallery regularly features special exhibitions and is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
   
Victorian Home Museum
701 E. Washington Street
Belleville, IL
618-234-0600
  Built in 1866 by a successful German immigrant, the St. Clair County Historical Society has furnished this Victorian Greek Revival house in the manner of a typical upper class Victorian family. On display are 19th century furnishings by local craftsmen, changing displays of vintage clothing, quilts, and other artifacts from St. Clair County.
Broadway Center of Arts
124-126-128 E. Main
Belleville, IL
618-233-0431
The Broadway Center of Arts is a center for performing and visual arts offering classes, gallery space, and a performance stage. In the gallery new exhibits open the first Friday of each month.
   
Misselhorn Art Gallery
611 W. Second Street
Sparta, IL
618-443-5668
  Housed in the old GM&O railroad depot are over 2,000 works of the renown Southern Illinois sketch artist Roscoe Misselhorn who many call the Norman Rockwell of the Midwest. Also feature at the  Gallery are exhibits by contemporary artists.
     
The Visual Arts in
Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve, MO
 
  The visual arts and Ste Genevieve have been connected since the early 19th century with the arrival of John James Audubon. The connection continued with the Ste. Genevieve Art Colony of the 1930s and Roscoe Misselhorn, the “Norman Rockwell of the Midwest.” The charm of the community continues to be a magnet to artists as Ste. Genevieve is home to a number of working studios, art galleries and shops, and special art events. 
 
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza
175 Cultural Arts Center
Cape Girardeau, MO
573-651-2260
  The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L Crisp II Museum is located at Southeast Missouri State University's new River Campus. This museum features fine art exhibitions and interpretive regional history displays. The Museum Theatre runs a seventeen-minute video introducing visitors to southeast Missouri’s rich natural and human history. The Permanent Exhibition Gallery displays, artifacts, and multimedia installations explore aspects of the region’s geology, pre-history, transportation, agriculture, and Civil War battles. The Temporary Exhibition Gallery features changing exhibitions displaying works by local, regional, national, and international artists.
For information on current and future exhibitions visit the Crisp Museum website.
River Campus Art Gallery
Seminary Building Room 106
518 S. Fountain Street
Cape Girardeau, MO
573-651-2663
  The River Campus Art Gallery is part of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts on the beautiful new River Campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The 1,275 square-foot gallery space is located in the historic Seminary Building, a renovated space that houses offices, studios and classrooms for the Departments of Art, Music and Theater and Dance. The River Campus sits on the banks of the Mississippi River adjacent to a beech-shaded park with walking paths, a gazebo and sweeping views of the river.
For information on current and future exhibitions visit the River Campus Art Gallery website.
   
Sikeston Depot Museum
116 West Malone Avenue
Sikeston, MO
573-481-9967
  Built as the Iron Mountain Railroad Train Depot in 1916, Sikeston Depot became a museum and cultural center in 2000. The Depot features dozens of permanent and rotating exhibits depicting the area's history and art. The Depot was built in 1916 by the Iron Mountain.  Soon after the building was constructed, the line was acquired by the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. The Depot was closed as a railroad facility in 1985. Concerned citizens met to discuss revitalized the Depot and in 2000 it reopened as the Sikeston Historical and Cultural Center. The renovated facility contains a historic museum section recounting the most important aspects of area culture, an exhibition hall where rotating and traveling exhibits are displayed, and an art gallery.
     
Hart-Stepp House
711 Waters Street
New Madrid, MO
573-748-5304
 
  Operated by the New Madrid Historical Museum, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery is housed in the oldest home in New Madrid. The facility opened as an art gallery in 2010 and features the work the area's most talented artists including photographers, painters, crafters, and artists of all ages with exhibits changing monthly. 
 
     
Greene County Museum
130 South 14th Street
Paragould, AR
870-236-2552
 
  The Greene County Museum is located in a home that was originally built by Junius Marion Futrell, governor of Arkansas from 1933 to 1937. The museum consists of 14 rooms, each devoted to a theme that describes an aspect of Greene County history. Local artist displays are located in the halls and there are murals of early Greene County. 
 
   
Bradbury Gallery
Fowler Center
Arkansas State University
201 Olympic Drive

Jonesboro, AR
870-972-2205
  The Bradbury Gallery features changing exhibitions of contemporary art in all mediums.  Regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists are represented to inform viewers of cultural developments across the US and around the world. The Bradbury Gallery is also the site of the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition. At the end of each spring and fall semester the gallery also features artwork by graduating seniors from the ASU Department of Art.
   
Hale Street Gallery
107 East Hale Avenue
Osceola, AR
870-563-0006
  The Hale Street Gallery is operated by the Osceola Center for Arts & Heritage and is located in the historic downtown district. The gallery allows regional artists to display and sell their works. Local artists are available for demonstrations on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1 pm -3 pm. 






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