PUBLIC ART

Joplin at the Turn of the Century, 1896–1906

Title: Joplin at the Turn of the Century (1896–1906)

Artist: Thomas Hart Benton

Location: Joplin City Hall (602 South Main Street)

Date Completed: 1973

Description: This mural was dedicated on Joplin’s 100th birthday in 1973 and truly captures life at the beginning of the 19th century. Thomas Hart Benton is a Neosho-native as well as a world-renowned painter and muralist. His work epitomizes a period in American art known as Regionalism. Visit Joplin City Hall to learn the stories behind this mural and make sure to visit Evolution of a Mural located on the mezzanine level. This area showcases the thought-process of Benton’s mural, from inception to execution.

Photos courtesy Visit Joplin.