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July at the Springfield Art Museum

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Watercolor U.S.A. Now on View

The 55th annual exhibition of Watercolor U.S.A. brings together 78 paintings from artists across the nation. This exhibit features the best in contemporary American watermedia. This year's exhibition was juried by Lynne Warren of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Major support for Watercolor U.S.A. is generously provided by Southwest Missouri Museum Associates. Additional cash awards are provided courtesy of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society. Check out this exhibit through August 28.

New Public Hours of Operation

In June, the Springfield Art Museum shifted our public hours of operation on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

New Hours of Operation: Monday: Closed, Tuesday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Wednesday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Thursday: 10 AM – 8 PM, Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday: 1 PM – 5 PM.

The change in public hours of operation is the result of ongoing efforts to provide improved access to the arts outside of the traditional 9 to 5 business day when many potential art patrons are at work themselves. Opening at 10 AM also allows staff the necessary time to conduct additional rigorous safety and security protocols. The Museum has already added several new Gallery Attendants who are part security assistant, part instructional guide, and part customer service expert. The addition of new personnel has helped fast-track expanded procedures and made a shift in public hours possible. The new hours of operation will not affect already scheduled programs like 1 Million Cups, which begins every Wednesday morning at 8:30 AM, community partner programs, summer art camps, field trips, or special tours. 

Donald Holden watercolor landscape painting

Donald Holden: Memory Painter Opens July 16

This exhibit, pulled from the Museum's permanent collection of contemporary American watermedia, features eighteen works by artist Donald Holden. Holden works primarily in watercolor and exclusively paints landscapes that are intentionally small scale because he "finds a special magic in small pictures." Nearly all of his subjects are pulled from places he's visited - Lake Powell, the Maine coast - or his own backyard in the Hudson River valley. Although the paintings are based on actual locations, he never paints on location but instead, recreates his memory of the landscape once he has returned to the studio. He says that "Painting from memory distills what you've seen. The mind edits out everything that's not essential. You leave out all the distractions, all the minor details. You focus on the big shapes, the major elements. If you're lucky, you get to the essence of something." See this exhibit in the Armstrong Gallery through October 16. 

Upcoming Events

Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
Thursday, July 7, 5:30 PM: String Theory Knit Night
Saturday, July 9, 10 AM: String Theory Family Day
Sunday, July 10, All Day: Significant Objects: Contemporary Still Life Closes
Thursday, July 14, 6:30 PM: SIVA Currents Lecture Series, Felipe Castelblanco
Thursday, July 28, 6:30 PM: SIVA Currents Lecture Series, Nina Bovasso

For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit our calendar at www.sgfmuseum.org and don't forget to follow us on social media @sgfmuseum.

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Shakespeare at the Columns

July 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, Seating begins 6:15 PM, Curtain at 7 PM. Springfield Art Museum outdoor amphitheater.

Actors Theatre of Missouri, in association with Rice Theatricals and The Dangerous Playground, is proud to present William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, directed by Meg Rice. Enjoy this gender-blind, contemporary staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy brimming with political intrigue and human drama. This production features local radio and stage personality, Dawn McClain in the title role. Bring your own chair or blanket, and remember to save room for goodies from London Calling and Hurts Donuts. In case of inclement weather, the production will be moved into the Museum's auditorium. These performances are free and open to the public.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

Warhol Uncanned - through Aug. 28
String Theory - through Oct. 16
Creating An American Identity - permanent collection
Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent collection 
Asian Art From the Joan Cousins Hartman Collection

As Always, Admission to the Springfield Art Museum is Free. Join us today at YOUR art museum!

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