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November at the Springfield Art Museum

Wood-Fired Kiln Identity

Wood-Fired Kiln Opens Nov. 4th

The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to present its final special exhibition of 2016, "The Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration" on Friday, November 4th with a reception at 5:30 PM. Wood-Fired Kiln features the work of seven well known local, regional, national and international ceramicists whose work incorporates, to varying degrees, wood-firing techniques and aesthetics: Kenneth Baskin, Keith Ekstam, Rick Hirsch, Nina Hole, Jeff Johnston, Scott Meyer, and Priscilla Mouritzen. This exhibit focuses specifically on work that has been created using a wood-fire kiln and will investigate the character and dynamic of the collaborations that have resulted from this very communal and social process.

Wood firing, by its very nature engenders a sense of community and has re-emerged as a pedagogy of tremendous importance in ceramics, its influence widening well past the immediate sphere of the skilled artists for whom it is central. The discipline now holds extended influence over a wide variety of artists who occasionally approach the discipline to fulfill their disparate creative aims. While filling the kiln, stoking the fire, and monitoring the flames over the course of many days, participating artists talk about their work, share ideas, and discuss opportunities. The collaborative nature of the firing process often serves as a catalyst for future artistic endeavors. The majority of the artists represented here have fired together, published together, exhibited together, held panel discussions, seminars, workshops, and residencies together.

Museum Director Nick Nelson notes, “The artists represented in this exhibition span the globe, from right here in southwest Missouri, to as far away as Denmark. Individually, they are incorporating disparate materials. The objects run the gamut from functional to sculptural. On the surface, these artists and objects may not seem like they belong together, but they’ve all been subjected to this crucible-like experience. What emerges from the kiln is unified by the process; there is a sense of warmth and community in what has been created. I cannot think of a better message to impart during this particularly divisive time in our history.” This exhibit includes a free gallery guide, multimedia of a wood-firing in process, and free public programs including a themed Family Day and an artist panel.

Watercolor USA 2016 identity

Exhibit Catalogs On Sale Now

Relive the beauty of the "Watercolor USA 2016" show, or take home a stunning collection of images from the 2016 "4x4" exhibition. Catalogs are on sale now at the Museum's front desk for $15. These catalogs make excellent holiday gifts for the art-lovers on your shopping list! 


SPS Homeless in the Heartland

Springfield Public Schools Hosts an Informational Evening on Area Homelessness 

Thursday, November 17, 6 PM
Springfield Art Museum Auditorium

Join Lynn Schirk, Homeless Liaison for Springfield Public Schools and a panel of experts for a question and answer session and viewing of the Hillcrest High School produced documentary, "Homeless in the Heartland." This event is free and open to the public and is a part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

4x4 Family Art Workshop

Free Family Art Workshop

Saturday, November 5, 10 AM
Galleries and Classrooms

Explore works from the "4x4 exhibit" in this free, one-session workshop led by teaching artists and designed to help grown-ups and kids enjoy art together. Families will get inspired in the galleries and then create their own artwork in the classroom studios. Most appropriate for kids ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Art of Hair identity

Explore "The Art of Hair" With Paul Mitchell The School Springfield

Wednesday, November 16, 6 PM
Eldredge, Spratlen, Armstrong, Hartman and Courtyard Galleries

Enjoy the creative hair couture creations of the Paul Mitchell The School Springfield's Future Professionals in this one of kind exhibit. Student stylists will be interspersed among the collection of the Springfield Art Museum, blurring the lines between art objects and models. Tickets are $10 in advance and all proceeds benefit Isabel's House.

4x4 Curator's Tour

4x4: Curator's Tour

Saturday, November 19, 1:30 PM
Weisel and Kelly Galleries

Join our Association of Midwest Museums "Promising Leader Award" winning Curator of Art Sarah Buhr, as she discusses the curatorial process behind putting together the biennial "Four by Four: Midwest Invitational Exhibition." Enjoy a walk through the exhibition as Sarah highlights how each represented artist addresses the exhibit's themes. This art enrichment event is free and open to the public.

On View

  • Four by Four: 2016 Midwest Invitational Exhibition - through Dec. 4th
  • Creating An American Identity - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent
  • Selections from our Asian Art collection (Hartman Gallery) - rotating semi-permanent installation

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Friday, November 4, 5:30 PM: Wood-Fired Kiln Opening Reception
  • Saturday, November 5, 10 AM: 4x4 Family Art Workshop (reserve now)
  • Wednesday, November 16, 6 PM: The Art of Hair, A Paul Mitchell The School Future Professional Exhibition, Tickets $10 in advance, proceeds benefit Isabel's House
  • Thursday, November 17, 6 PM: Homelessness and Our Youth: An Evening of Awareness
  • Saturday, November 19, 1:30 PM: 4x4 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.

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