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The public is invited to celebrate the renowned Missouri painter Thomas Hart Benton with a visit to Thomas Hart Benton Home and Studio State Historic Site and Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. A bus will depart at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 from Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City to take registered guests on a tour of both locations.

Thomas Hart Benton is Missouri’s most renowned 20th-century artist. In 1935, Benton was awarded a commission for the mural in the state Capitol. During the tour, participants will have a look inside the way the Benton family lived and how the home was a center of creative and cultural activity during that time.

After lunch, the group will travel to the Nelson-Atkins Museum to view the temporary ‘American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood’ exhibit. This exhibit, the first major exhibition on Thomas Hart Benton in more than 25 years, reveals the fascinating relationship between Benton's art, movie making and visual storytelling in 20th-century America.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Guests should bring a lunch.

To register or for more information, call 816-759-7313, ext. 1162. Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center is located at 4750 Troost Ave. in Kansas City

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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