Bingham, the Missouri Artist: Art, Music & Film

April 29, 2017

Bingham, the Missouri Artist: Art, Music & Film

Spend a day in historic Independence learning, experiencing and enjoying the life of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham.

The day includes a special screening of the new documentary The American Artist: The Life & Times of George Caleb Binghamby Emmy-winning Kansas City filmmakers Wide Awake Films. The screening will include a chance to meet and engage the filmmakers.

The American Artist – The Life & Times of George Caleb Bingham Trailer from Wide Awake Films on Vimeo.

The day includes other options:

  • A personal tour of the Jackson County Art Gallery which includes several Bingham portraits and prints collected by Ken McClain. The tour will be led by Joan Stack, art curator and Bingham expert with the State Historical Society of Missouri.
  • A reception at the Bingham-Waggoner Estate and a performance by the Mengel Brothers Duo whose music is included in the movie. The Independence musicians’ CD Inspired by Bingham includes original compositions by Dana Mengel based on viewing Bingham paintings.
  • End the evening with a special dinner at Ophelia’s Restaurant or Cafe Verona on the Independence Square.

Spend as much time (and money) as your schedule and budget permits.

The daylong special events are a benefit for the Jackson County Historical Society.

Event partners include the City of Independence and the Bingham-Waggoner Estate, the Independence Square Association, McClain Enterprises and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Schedule of Events

2PM- Movie screening at Pharaoh Theatre

3:15PM- Meet and greet with the filmmakers

3:45PM- Tour of the Jackson County Art Gallery

4:30PM- Mengel Brothers Duo performance and reception at Bingham Waggoner Estate

6PM- Dinner at Cafe Verona or Ophelias


Purchase tickets through eventbrite

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

The event is ideal for adults and children over 12 years old.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is ample free parking at all the event venues – the Independence Square, the Bingham Waggoner Estate and the two restaurants – Ophelia’s and Cafe Verona. All locations are within one mile of each other.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call (816) 547-9425 or email

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