More than 65 acclaimed works by Thomas Hart Benton, Joe Jones, George Caleb Bingham and Karl Bodmer are a part of Painting the Midwest: Selections from the Collection of Timothy and Jeanne Drone Collection, a new exhibition at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art running Aug. 21 - Dec. 20, 2015.
The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, features the Midwest Scene Painting Movement, as well as female artists of the early 20th century, including Kathryn E. Bard Cherry, Aimee Goldstone Schweig and Emily Summa. On a larger scale, it illustrates the vital role collectors have in a community's cultural identity.
About the Collection
For more than four decades, St. Louis residents Timothy and Jeanne Drone have gathered works that spoke to them and reflect the landscape of Middle America.
"I've been a collector all of my life," said Mr. Drone, a native St. Louisan and three-time alumnus of Saint Louis University. "From an early age, I was collecting something - be it stamps or butterflies. I guess the thrill of creating a 'collection' was the impetus to the art collection my wife, Jeanne, and I have assembled over the last 40 years."
Several notable lithographs in the collection include Benton's Haystack and Joe Jones' Winthrop Point.
Paintings include: "Mr. and Mrs. Turner" by George Caleb Bingham; "Eads Bridge" by Fred Conway and Schweig's "Sunday's Best." Moreover, the exhibition provides an extensive representation of female artists, revealing how significant their role has been in the Midwest movement.
"I learned as a young collector in the 1970s, that there was a plethora of good female artists from the St. Louis region, but no one really 'collected' them," Mr. Drone said. "At this point, I was determined to address this shortcoming, thus local female artists are well represented in our collection."
About Timothy Drone
A native St. Louisan, Timothy Drone is a banker and a member of the Mercantile Library Board. Formerly a member of the St. Louis University High School Board of Trustees, Mr. Drone earned Bachelor and Master's degrees in American history, as well as a Master's in Business Administration, at SLU.