Discover the Best of Missouri Life Awards

The 2020 reader’s choice awards are here.


Ozarks Inspiration

Young artist turns mandatory break from classes into a pandemic commission.


Meet Tony and Bethanie Irons

Columbia artists Tony and Bethanie Irons reflect on creating art during a pandemic.


Thomas Hart Benton

April 15, 1889

Thomas Hart Benton, who was from Neosho and one of Missouri's greatest artists, was born today.


Mural located at Popular Missouri Vacation Spot

Madeleine LeMieux Creates Art with a Purpose in Columbia

A Columbia artist creates with the environment, diversity, and young artists in mind.


The Feather Family in Missouri displays lots of different types of colorful feathers for costume purposes or Mardi Gras Festival in St. Louis Missouri

The Feather Family in California, Missouri

This California, Missouri, company provides feathers to the world.


Glass melting by Shawn Palmer

Rocheport Artist Shawn Palmer Creates Glass Artwork

Time and skill goes into creating the perfect glass artwork. Rocheport artist, Shawn Palmer, shares his craft.


Father and Son doing homework together

A Farmington Artist Passes His Craft Through Generations

Farmington artist Brandon Warren teaches his son that good artists can make art anywhere and with whatever supplies are available.


David Plank Art

The Birdman of Salem

Artist David Plank can’t remember a time when he wasn’t drawn to birds. While his boyhood friends were busy kicking soccer balls and hitting baseballs, David was in the woods of Salem with paper and pencil, capturing the details of a perched barn swallow or a purple martin.