ON THE MIGHTY Mo'
Adventure Art on the Mighty Mo' will be a video series about art, adventure, and life along the Missouri River told through the act of painting, storytelling, and paddling all 2,341 miles of it. Each episode will take place at a different site, in which a watercolor painting is created. Painting is the vessel through which larger questions are asked, observations made, and river stories told. The intention of this work is to create an updated portrait of the river, challenge some of the stereotypes associated with it, and inspire broader public engagement and appreciation.
The adventurous component of this project began on June 2nd, 2022 at the headwaters of the Missouri, in Three Forks, Montana and concluded at the confluence with the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri on August 28th. Periodic river updates were posted on Steve's instagram account (@stevesnell) throughout the journey and can still be viewed there. Over 100 paintings were created while on expedition and gallery of some of these can be viewed below. The video series is now in post-production and will premiere in spring of 2023 and will be available online shortly afterward. Please stay tuned for updates and trailers!
This project is generously funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the state arts agencies of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Additionally, this project has been supported by over 43 'adventure patrons' who generously donated to the Kickstarter campaign to get it all started. Thank you for your support and believing in this undertaking.
*all were created on site during adventure with most using Missouri River water directly
some painting locations