The Albrecht-Kemper serves as a cultural arts center for Northwest Missouri. The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art has one of the finest collections of 18th- through 21st-century American art in the Midwest region.
The Museum originated in 1913 with the foundation of the St. Joseph Art League–twelve women who sought to increase public awareness and understanding of the arts. With the hope of establishing a public art museum in St. Joseph, the League acquired the William Merritt Chase painting A Venetian Balcony. This purchase, made in 1915 with funds raised at performances, teas and a special showing of the painting in a local department store, became the first work in the Museum’s collection.
The League opened the Albrecht Gallery in 1966 in the former home of Mr. and Mrs. William Albrecht. At the initiation of a major building expansion in 1991, the Museum became The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, honoring the patronage of Mr. R. Crosby Kemper.
Through the generosity of the Kemper family and foundations, and many other enthusiastic supporters, the Museum’s collection has grown to include colonial portraits, a rich holding of American landscape paintings, as well as distinguished examples of American Impressionism.
An important Mary Cassatt pastel, Mother Looking Down Embracing Both of Her Children, is a another version of a painting now hanging in the White House. Other highlights include urban realist paintings from the Ashcan School, Custer’s Last Stand by the influential Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton, exciting contemporary works by recent American masters and one of the region’s most comprehensive holdings of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st century works on paper.
The mission of the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art is to enrich the community through the collection and exhibition of visual arts by providing education, creating unique experiences, and nurturing regional artists.
2021 Board of Directors
Marcy George, President
Chris Colman, First Vice President
Seth Slayden, Second Vice President
Jane Graves, Secretary
Karen Miller, Treasurer
Jacob N. Dillon
Jan B. Leonard
J. Eric Simmons
Dr. Helyn Strickland
Registrar / Exhibitions Manager
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Director of Education / Museum Shop Manager
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Marketing & Communications Manager
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Guest Services Coordinator
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Groundskeeper & Building Maintenance
The Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art was founded with a purpose to bring awareness and appreciation of the arts to Saint Joseph, Missouri. We are looking for individuals who share that same commitment. We encourage those with an enthusiasm to bring people and art together to join our team.
Interested in volunteering? Send us an email.
You are welcome here. The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
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