David Plank: a passion for birds
Opening Reception hosted by Friends of the Springfield Art Museum
Friday March 8, 2013 from 5:30 - 7:ooPM. Gallery Talk with
David plank at 6pm in the musgrave wing. Catalogs available.
A native of Salem Missouri, David Plank began painting birds in the early 1940s and
continues to produce new works today. Beginning with pencil drawings of each
bird in their natural habitat, David then translates his clean andprecise style to tranparent
watercolor, bringing each bird to life. His passion for birds has resulted in the creation
of more than 1200 watercolors, hundreds of finished drawings and thousands of
Right: Lincoln's Sparrow by David Plank Watercolor on paper, 2010.
Courtesy of the artist
Proof of process: The art of printmaking
This exhibit examines the many different processes utilized to create a print including:
relief, intaglio, planogaphic and stenciling processes. Representative examples
of each technique, pulled from the permanent collection, will be paired with
explanatory texts, visual aids and hands-on materials to help explain the very different
and often complicated processes involved in creating each unique print. Hand tools,
printing plates, lithography stones and various stage proofs will be on exhibit.
Right: Assortment of Woodblocks, linoleum prints and engraving tools.
History of Springfield in Art
14 July - September 16, 2012
This exhibition explores the ever-changing face of Springfield. From paintings,
photographs to drawings by artists such as Bob Palmer, J.G. Hulett, Ernest Cecil Jarrad,
Raymond Kennon and David Lakish, it showcases the richness of the history of the
Queen City of Missouri.
Right: Raymond K. Kennon, Service Alley, Oil, 1943.
Museum Purchase from the 13th Annual Exhibition.
14 July - 24 February 2013
Badgley and SMMA Galleries
Portrayals of everyday people engaged in common activities, or genre painting,
has been a historically rich topic throughout art history from artists such as Pieter Brueghel
the Elder to Gustave Courbet. Genre painting was often utilized as a way to romanticize
everyday life as evidenced in work by Norman Rockwell or as dark commentary on the
human condition as seen in work by Francisco de Goya.
The works in this exhibition follow in the footsteps of this tradition but are focused
predominantly on domestic scenes inside the home. The exhibit borrows its title from
a watercolor by Stanley Louis Rosenthal which depicts a young couple ‘creating’ a
home out of paper dolls and doll furniture. This work encapsulates both the idea of
the romanticized notion of home as well as revealing perhaps the artifices behind
our assumptions of home and family. The exhibit will include interior scenes and still life
as well as furniture and objects from the permanent collection as we create our own
‘genre scene’ within the exhibition. Artists in the exhibition include Ben N. Messick, Margo Kren,
Hugh C. Yorty, John Stuart Ingle and Alexandra Tyng.
Right: Stanley Louis Rosenthal, Playing House, Watercolor on Paper, 2004
Museum Purchase Award, Watercolor USA, 2005.
January 19 - June 22013
King and Courtyard Galleries
This exhibit will present recent acquisitions that were purchased
or generously donated to the Springfield Art Museum's permanent collection
Right: Wrong Way Down a One Way Street, Graphite, 2011 by Robyn Cook.
Purchases jointly by SMMA and Friends of the Springfield Art Museum from
January 19 - June 2, 2013
Spratlen and Armstrong Galleries
As staff of the Springfield Art Museum we are privileged to be surrounded by
wonderful art on a daily basis. Join us to see which works from our permanent
collections have been selected as our favorites and why. This is a fun exhibit
intended to reacquaint the community with the museum staff and some of
our favorite gems of the permanent collection. Also included will be selections
by our Mayor, Bob Stephens, other city leaders, as well as the president of Friends
of the Sprigfield Art Museum, Allen A. St-Onge, and president of SMMA, Joan Menchetti.
Right: Thomas Hart Benton, The Race, Lithograph 1942.
Museum Acquisition Fund, 1996.
director's choice Exhibition
January 19 - June 2, 2013
This exhibit will feature a wide array of personal selections by our director, Nick Nelson.
It will highlight his favorites along with explanations as to why they have special
meaning and importance for the permanent collection.
Right: Horsefeather Thirteen - 11, Mixed Media, 1972 by Robert Rauschenberg.
Museum Acquisition Fund, 1977