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MHCTC develops exhibitions and programs with campus and community museums, departments and institutions to encourage use of Collection artifacts. Annual exhibitions in the Abigail and Nicholas Filippello Exhibition Showcase in Gwynn Hall include the TAM Student Showcase for TAM ‘s spring Advisory Board, a summer exhibit of the Curator’s choice, and a fall showcase as part of MU’s annual Gallery and Museum Crawl in September.

As part of MU’s Art-i-Fact and Material Culture Studies Groups, MHCTC has partnered with numerous institutions throughout the state and the nation in the creation of quality exhibitions. Examples include University of Missouri institutions such as the Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Museum of Anthropology, the State Historical Society of Missouri, and Ellis Library. Outside collaborations include the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, the Missouri State Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, the Boone County Historical Society and Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs.

Visitors are welcome to view the current exhibit in Gwynn Hall Monday through Friday, 8am-6pm in accordance with the University calendar.


Exhibition Dates: August 4 – November 13, 2020
Center for Missouri Studies, 605 Elm Street

The Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection and the State Historical Society of Missouri commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment and universal women’s suffrage with a collaborative exhibition! Missouri Women: Suffrage to Statecraft displays clothing and artwork from statewide collections that highlight roles of Missouri women in the national suffrage movement and trailblazing women in Missouri politics. Explore the online exhibit!

Exhibition Preview


collection items on display

The University of Missouri celebrates the award-winning career of Dr. Jean Parsons of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management with an exhibition of past and present design and scholarship. After earning a PhD from the University of Maryland in 1998, Dr. Parsons has pursued scholarship in both design and history with twelve years at Iowa State University prior to beginning her tenure at the University of Missouri in 2011. In addition to her academic career, Dr. Parsons worked as an apparel designer and theatre costume designer and draper in the Washington, D.C. area.

Dr. Parsons has received numerous accolades that include more than 15 publications, 30 exhibitions, and 40 awards and recognitions. Jean Parsons: Retrospective includes samples from a lifetime of design and scholarship in the areas of digital textile and apparel design, history of dress and the apparel industry, and intellectual property rights.

SEPTEMBER 2020 – MAY 2021
Filippello Exhibition Showcase, Gwynn Hall, University of Missouri


Sept. 25, 2020 – April 11, 2021, Wylie Gallery

WWI exploded in the late summer of 1914 and though underrepresented in the histories, women were working hard in war industries, nursing, transportation and fighting for equal rights. The survival of women’s fashion also played an important role in keeping up morale, maintaining ties with allies and even helping war-time economies, especially in France. From the evolution of the war-time silhouette, the influence of military uniforms and post-war emancipation, Silk and Steel: French Fashion, Women and WWI, provides a new chapter of the history of the war at the Museum and Memorial.

Learn more

Silk and Steel: French Fashion Women and WWI


October 2 – November 19, 2020
George Caleb Bingham Gallery
Fine Arts Building, University of Missouri
505 Hitt Street

Movements and stories appear and disappear throughout the human timeline, often transformed by subsequent generations. Many of these stories are shared through the lens of underrepresented populations or their allies, in a multitude of forms preserved by archives and collections such as those at the University of Missouri. 

Collective Voices includes art, archival, and textile objects from three campus collections - Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, University Archives, and Special Collections – that reveal historically repeating narratives relevant to today: marginalized voices, Mizzou student activism, thoughtful citizenship, civil rights, political tensions, and climate & environmental concerns. These accounts, while simultaneously local, national and global, emerged as common themes shared across time. This exhibition is a gathering of these persistent narratives and an acknowledgement that so many voices still need representation and amplification within our campus collections and across cultural institutions.

Learn more about the exhibit and upcoming streaming events with exhibit curators.

Enjoy PART 1 of a virtual exhibit tour!