Thomas Hart Benton Painting Update
NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART
The Thomas Hart Benton painting, “Utah Highlands” has finally found a home and is on long term loan to the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It will return to public viewing later this month and will be installed as part of the permanent collection in the Crosby Kemper Rotunda in the museum’s American Wing. The Museum is also planning a Benton show in the fall.
Concerns were raised earlier this year when members of the graduating class of 1957 wanted to see the gift they had purchased for Shawnee Mission High School and the paintings whereabouts came into question. It had once hung in the school but had been removed due to it’s value and was stored in a vault. At the time the painting was purchased the class paid $750. It is now valued at more than $700,000.
“We are pleased to partner with the Nelson-Atkins to ensure the Benton painting, a treasured class gift, will be displayed publicly and enjoyed by past, present and future students, along with the many visitors to the museum,” said district superintendent Jim Hinson.
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