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September at the Springfield Art Museum

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Tickets On Sale for Bohemian Belle

Please join us at the Springfield Art Museum on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM for the 99 Times Party, our signature fundraising event blending spirits, music, fashion, food, and frivolity.

99x: Bohemian Belle is a costumed evening of contemporary Bohemian fashion inspired by the life and work of Rose O'Neill. As you eat, drink, and dance the night away to the musical stylings of Spark Events and LUX, you will enter 8 living art tableaus designed by:

Nancy Asay & Marciann Patton, Missouri State University Interior Design
Andie Bottrell, Actor/Photographer/Writer/Stylist
Heather Kane, Creative Director - 417 Magazine
Becca Kennedy & Kaycie Surrell, Gritty Luxe
Shailey Murphy, Interior Designer/Harp Creative Video Production
Tamara Styer, Editor - Deitra Magazine
Jennifer Vaughn, Sew-It-All/Fashion Designers Society
Jacqueline Warren & Jo Van Arkel, Artist in Residence - Drury University 

General admission tickets are only $25 and include complimentary beverages courtesy of Mother's Brewing Company and Missouri Ridge Distillery. Sponsorships begin at $100. Proceeds from this event benefit the Museum's Conservation and Preservation Fund and will be used to conserve several works by O'Neill designated for a retrospective show of her fine art scheduled for 2018. Creative cocktail attire encouraged.

Purchase your tickets or become a sponsor today! #bohobelle

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99x: Bohemian Belle
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Four by Four 2016 Midwest Invitational identity

4 x 4 Midwest Invitational Opening

September 10 - December 4, 2016
Weisel & Kelly Galleries

The biennial 
Four by Four 2016: Midwest Invitational Exhibition recognizes and encourages artists working in all media who reside in the four-state region of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.

The exhibit features a body of work by four artists – one from each state. This year's exhibition will include work by Andrew Casto (Kansas), Sandra Luckett (Arkansas), Anne Austin Pearce (Missouri) and Holly Wilson (Oklahoma). A juror of awards is selected on a rotating basis from one of the four states – this year’s juror is Kelly Schindler, Associate Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Schindler is tasked with awarding a $3,000 cash prize to one artist for their body of work. 

This year's winner will be announced at the Opening Reception on Friday, September 9 from 5:30 to 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. A catalog of the exhibition will be available.


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French Fry Facelift

The iconic Springfield landmark Sun Target II, known around town as “The French Fries,” looks a little different these days. Prep work has begun on John Henry’s abstract cor-ten steel sculpture and two other sculptures on the Museum’s grounds by Ernest Trova.

This prep work is the beginning of the public art’s restoration process. The Museum raised $17,100 to make improvements to the grounds, the bulk of which came through the successful #SaveTheFrenchFries Campaign for Give Ozarks Day. Among the many donations received, the campaign won the first prize for overall marketing campaign from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Over 220 nonprofit organizations participated in this year’s event. Thank you to everyone who made donations, shared our content, and provided us with selfies. It is amazing what our generous community can do when we work together to safeguard and preserve works of public art.

Sun Target II was acquired by the Museum in 1980 with assistance from the Missouri Arts Council and the Ola E. McAdoo bequest. Prior to finding its permanent home in Springfield it was exhibited in Chicago, New York City, and Atlanta. It has since become a defining piece of Springfield’s cultural landscape and its local identity. However, 30 years of outdoor public display have taken their toll, necessitating the need for this conservation work. In addition to “The French Fries,” Ernest Trova’s AV/T.S.C., a gift to the Museum in 1980 by Alvin Siteman, and ABSTRACT VARIATION (X), a gift to the Museum in 1981 by Trova, will be restored to their former glory. Restoration work is estimated to take a month depending on weather conditions.

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Fall Art Classes Enrolling Now

The Museum offers classes in a variety of media for kids, teens, and adults. Fall classes begin on September 27 and will run through November 19, 2016. Please visit our website for a class schedule and to enroll in courses.

Remember, that Museum Members receive a 20% on all classes. To become a Museum Member visit our website today!

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Field Trip Season is Here

Every year, through the Any Given Child initiative of the Kennedy Center, every 5th grade student in Springfield Public Schools attends a field trip to the Springfield Art Museum. Generous funds to cover the transportation of these students is donated by our friends at the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA).

In addition, the Museum offers custom guided tour experiences to any group (of any age level) free of charge. Our Museum Educators are skilled at making connections between our collection and your curriculum and/or interests. Our tours emphasize open-ended inquiry and interactive learning. If you are interested in learning more about guided tours or field trips, please visit our website today.

On View

  • String Theory: Textiles from the Permanent Collection - through October 16
  • Donald Holden: Memory Painter - through October 16
  • Creating An American Identity - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, September 1, 5:30 PM: String Theory Public Program, Knit Night
  • Friday, September 2, 5:30 - 9 PM: First Friday Art Walk Shuttle
  • Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Thursday, September 8, 6 PM: Queen City Art Swap Mixer
  • Friday, September 9, 5:30 PM: 4x4 Midwest Invitational Opening Reception
  • Saturday, September 10, All Day: 4x4 Midwest Invitational Exhibit Open
  • Saturday, September 17, 10 AM: 4x4 Free Family Day
  • Tuesday,  September 27, All Day: Fall Art Classes Begin
  • Thursday, September 29, 5:30 PM: 4x4 Exhibit Curator's Tour 

    For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit our calendar at 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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