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January at the Springfield Art Museum

Jan Feb March 2020 Newsletter Cover featuring Anders Zorn etching of a man and woman sitting and reading together

Jan/Feb/March 2020 Newsletter

The latest issue of our newsletter is in the mail. However, if you just can't wait, you can always access it online at our website, along with back issues. This issue features stories on Anders Zorn: EtchingsFramed: The Art of the Picture Frame, All School Exhibition 2020, 99x: Myths & Monsters, Pre-K Education Classes, new Collection Connection Workshops, Winter Art Classes, new art acquisitions, and much more! Don't receive our printed materials? Join our mailing list today!

Watercolor USA 2020 Call for Artists

Call For Artists: Watercolor USA 2020

Deadline to apply: February 26, 2020

Beginning January 3, the Museum seeks submissions for Watercolor USA 2020. The 59th annual juried exhibition of the very best in contemporary American watermedia is scheduled for June 6 - August 16, 2020. This exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories and will be judged by Misa Jeffereis, Assistant Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Approximately $20,000 in cash and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. For full information on entry rules and how to submit art work, please visit our website.

Guided tour group observes work in The Road I Call Home exhibition

Randy Bacon Public Programs

Guided Tour: Saturday, January 11, 11 AM

Join Museum Assistant Shauna Smith for a guided tour through the current special exhibition, Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home. This guided tour provides a space to build awareness of the individuals who are experiencing homelessness in Springfield through Bacon’s portraits and accompanying narrative told by each subject. Tours generally last one hour and include a variety of activities. Guided tours are free and open to the public. You can request your own private guided group tour through February 23, 2020, free of charge, by contacting Shauna at (417) 837-5700 or [email protected] There is no minimum group number required to schedule a guided tour. Weekday and weekend tours are available.

Springfield Street Choir Performs: Thursday, January 16, 7 PM

Please join us for a special performance by the Springfield Street Choir in collaboration with our current special exhibition, Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home. Free and open to the public.

A patron views two etchings in Anders Zorn: Etchings

Anders Zorn Public Programs

Curator's Tour: Thursday, January 30, 6 PM

Join Curator of Art Sarah Buhr for a special guided tour of our current special exhibition, Anders Zorn: Etchings. Sarah will share her extensive research into Zorn, one of the most well-known portraitists in France, England, and the United States at the end of the 19th century.

Detail of Gary Bower's geometric painting "Whole Earth Catalog #2" with art making supplies

Creating An American Identity Public Programs

Slow Viewing Night: Thursday, January 9, 6 PM

Spend one hour with one work of art once a month at our new Slow Viewing Nights. In January, we will focus on Gary Bower's Whole Earth Catalog #2, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Collection Connection Workshop - Gesture & Geometry Painting:
Saturday, January 25, 10 AM - Noon

Join Museum Assistant Shauna Smith for an art-making workshop inspired by Whole Earth Catalog #2. This workshop will reveal techniques Bower uses to achieve the results we see in his finished artwork. Each participant will explore gesture and geometry on an 11 x 17 inch canvas using acrylic paint and tape. All skill levels from beginner to expert are welcome. Ages 14 and up. These workshops vary in price; all materials are included. Registration at is required.

Students experiment with clay in the Museum classroom

Winter Art Classes Begin January 21

Resolve to be more creative in the new year! Winter 2020 art classes begin January 21. We offer courses in Acrylic Painting, Creative Drawing, Ceramics, Clay & Sculpture Techniques, Enameling, Mixed Media Metal Forming, and Open Studio Metal Making (Adult); and Homeschool Art, and Printmaking (Kids). Registering for classes is easier than ever before with our online payment option. Enroll online today, or stop in at our retail kiosk located in the Courtyard Gallery, and create an artful new year for yourself or a loved one.

A pre-k art student creates an eye-dropper painting

Pre-K Programming Resumes

Fridays, January 3, 10 & 17, 10:30 AM – Noon

Pre-K Open Studio Sessions return in 2020 thanks to ongoing generous grant funding from The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation. This program helps build creativity and school readiness by encouraging sensory exploration, discovery, social and emotional awareness, cognitive abilities, and fine motor skill development. These drop-in sessions are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Classes are free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

Pre-K Project Day
Friday, January 31, 10:30 AM - Noon

Project Days are a more structured, focused version of our Open Studios. These classes begin with story time, followed by a guided hands-on project designed to feed a youngster's imagination. Project Days cost $5 per participating child, and all materials are provided. Registration is required. Project days are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. 

Stephanie Hornickel, Queen City Blooms with arrangement in Art In Bloom 2019

Call For Floral Design: Art In Bloom

We are currently seeking floral designers to participate in Art In Bloom 2020. This year’s three-day festival (April 24 - 26) will once again invite floral designers from throughout the region to imaginatively interpret works of art on view in our galleries and present them alongside those works for the community’s enrapt enjoyment. Last year's Art In Bloom welcomed over 1,900 patrons!
Featured florists receive an opportunity to win $2,500 in juried prize money (including Best In Show, Best Creative, Best Traditional, and People’s Choice). Floral designers may utilize fresh, dried, or artificial flowers, and can even use non-traditional materials like fiber/textile flowers. The sky is the limit to your creativity; however, the Museum’s primary concern is the preservation of our artwork, as such there are certain restrictions on what materials can be utilized. Once you declare your intention to participate at, Museum staff will provide you with all the specifications and answer any questions that you may have. Designers may enter more than one arrangement; however, each arrangement requires a separate vendor fee.

Sponsor Art In Bloom Today

Deadline for invitation listing: February 21, 2020
Sponsorships begin at $150

The Museum and Art Mosaic One invite you to join our third annual Art In Bloom, a celebration of fine art and fantastic floral displays inspired by spring. In just two short years our event has welcomed 3,500 patrons, raised over $45,000 for the Museum's Art Acquisition Fund, and awarded $4,000 in prize money. Recent high-profile acquisitions have helped energize attention and increase patronage at YOUR Art Museum.

They are utilized as teaching tools for over 8,500 children who attend educational tours, and the 63,000 patrons who visit the Museum annually. None of this would be possible without a robust Art Acquisition Fund. Supporting our Museum’s ability to attract new audiences through procuring exciting new works of art is essential to the continued health and growth of the organization.

With that in mind, we invite you to become a sponsor of Art In Bloom on April 24-26, 2020. Sponsors receive numerous benefits, including preview party event tickets, recognition on our website, onsite recognition, digital/social media visibility, and recognition in printed event and Museum materials. Sponsorship is a highly visible way to demonstrate your commitment to the arts, education, and cultural enrichment in our community. We thank you in advance for your consideration!

On View

  • Anders Zorn: Etchings 
  • Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home 
  • Creating an American Identity
  • Selections from our Asian Art Collection (Hartman Gallery)
  • Shawn Bitters: Burn Out
  • Dale Chihuly: Autumn Persian & Feather Chandelier
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 1, All Day: Closed for New Year's Day
  • Friday, January 3, All Day: Watercolor USA 2020 Entries Open
  • Friday, January 24, 8 AM - 4:30 PM:  Biz 417 Think Summit (Ticketed Event)

    For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit and don't forget to follow us on social media @sgfmuseum

As Always, Admission to the Springfield Art Museum is FREE. Join Us Today at YOUR Art Museum!

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