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September 2022

The Daum at 20: Origins of the Collection

September 30, 2022 - May 28, 2023
Helen Frankenthaler, "Trespass," 1974, acrylic on canvas. Collection Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

The Daum at 20 celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the museum’s opening in 2002. The museum-wide exhibition will highlight the most significant acquisitions during this time period. Since the museum’s founding, based on the personal collection of the Daum’s primary benefactor, Dr. Harold F. Daum, the collection has increased from about 200 artworks to more than 2,000. The exhibition will be divided into media, with focuses on painting, ceramics, photography, prints, and a section devoted to the original works that…

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January 2023

Coalescence: Exploring Contemporary Ceramics and Artist Communities

January 26 - April 20

Coalescence is a joining of artists and art organizations. Artaxis is a network of contemporary artists that engage the ceramics community through promotion, education, and networking. Josh Novak of Longwell Museum and Artaxis board members created an invitational in 2022 as a celebration of diverse ceramic practices. Daum Museum is furthering dialogue among Artaxis members by drawing from the Daum collection, adding work from original participants, and inviting new voices. Renata Cassiano Alvarez, Nikki-Renee Anderson, Eliza Au, Ian Bassett, Rebekah…

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February 2023

Threads That Bind: Elucidating Diverse Voices of Womanhood

February 25 - July 30

Threads That Bind offers a new lens into the complex visual history of Women’s Work. Through a diverse range of mediums, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, and a challenging representation of textiles, this show aims to reframe traditional gender norms and offer a fresh, empowering perspective on what it means to be a woman artist.   The history of Women’s Work is vast, contradictory, and culturally problematic. Artistic products such as quilts, needlework, porcelain painting, and painted miniatures were created by…

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April 2023

Museum Closed for Spring Holiday

April 7 - April 9
VTS Image February 22

The Daum Museum will be closed on Friday, April 7 and Sunday, April 9 for the spring holiday. It will be open on Saturday, April 8 from 1-5 p.m. Image: Carol Stewart, Blue Painting, 2009; oil on paper on panel; 48 x 64 in. Collection Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Dr. Harold F. Daum.

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2023 Annual Student Exhibition

April 13 - May 14
Installation view of “2022 Annual Student Exhibition."

The annual Student Exhibition, a State Fair Community College tradition dating back to the late 1960s, is open to all students currently taking studio art classes at the college. Interested student-artists collaborate with art department faculty to select work that best represents them. Each year, some 50 students exhibit close to 100 artworks in a variety of media. This year’s exhibition will showcase new directions in the art department and introduce new technologies that the students are exploring, including computer-based…

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May 2023


May 25 - August 20
Installation view of "NoBro @ the Daum."

Synthesis brings together artists from across the region who are actively participating in local artist communities. It is the first of many exhibitions that seek to identify and support the artists who help to define our cultural landscape. This exhibition is open to members of the Sedalia Visual Art Association, Mid-Missouri Artists, Inc., Columbia Art League, and participants in NoBro art events.

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August 2023

Missouri Photo Workshop: 1980 Sedalia

August 31 - October 1
Credits to the "Missouri Photo Workshop"

In anticipation of Missouri Photo Workshop’s return for its 75th anniversary, this exhibition features work from the 1980 MPW that took place in Sedalia. The Missouri Photo Workshop has been documenting small-town America for over seven decades. The roots of the Missouri Photo Workshop are embedded firmly in six decades of rich tradition; current workshops carry principals present from the beginning. When the late Clifton C. Edom of the Missouri School of Journalism founded the Missouri Photo Workshop in 1949,…

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September 2023


September 28, 2023 - February 29, 2024
Jim Dine, "Sun's Night Glow", 2000; ink on paper, 40 x 55 in.

This exhibition takes the form of a familiar childhood game and is meant to enhance the desire and ability of visitors to creatively think and question the work presented. Most visitors will have heard of or played Twenty Questions, which is sometimes called animal, vegetable, or mineral. Other visitors will be familiar with the Linnaeus classification system and others will have heard of the radio and television game show of the same name. This approach provides multiple points of entry…

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