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December at the Springfield Art Museum

sculptural figures, painting, and collage from the 4x4 exhibit

Final Weekend for 4x4 Exhibition

Closing Sunday, December 4

Don't miss your last chance to see the work of a "quartet of cutting-edge artists" - according to the Springfield News-Leader. The Four by Four: 2016 Midwest Invitational Exhibition, featuring contemporary bodies of work by Anne Austin Pearce (Missouri), Andrew Casto (Kansas), Sandra Luckett (Arkansas), and Holly Wilson (Oklahoma), closes on Sunday, December 4. The 4x4 exhibit will return in 2018, featuring the work of four new emerging Midwest artists. An exhibition catalog is available for purchase for $15 at the Museum's front desk. 
wood-fired ceramic sculptural works of art

Wood-Fired Kiln in the News

Over 100 pieces of wood-fired ceramics are currently making a huge impact on audiences at the Springfield Art Museum. Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration has been featured in the Springfield News-Leader, who marveled that many pieces look " they’d been eroded underwater, like artifacts discovered in shipwrecks..." and as the #4 activity to do in the "We Heart Winter" feature of the December 2016 issue of 417 Magazine. Additional coverage of Wood-Fired Kiln is available in the November/December 2016 issue of Welcome to Springfield Magazine. Stop in and see this exhibit, featuring local ceramicists Keith Ekstam (Missouri State University) and Jeff Johnston (College of the Ozarks) among others, through March 2017. 

Creating an American Identity show identity, two seascapes against a red wall

New Works Rotating into the Permanent Collection Exhibition

Beginning December 12, look for works by Thomas Hart Benton, Susan Davidoff, Janet Fish, Elsie Bates Freund, Sam Gilliam, G. Ray Kerciu, and James Lavadour, among others to rotate into the semi-permanent exhibition of our permanent collection entitled, Creating an American Identity. Of particular note, multimedia selections from Miles Davis and John Coltrane will accompany Gilliam and Lavadour's works. Both artists cited jazz music, and these musicians in particular, with the development of the their pieces. Rotating works of art on and off of display not only helps preserve the art, but keeps the collection of American art from the 18th century onward, fresh and relevant to patrons.

Also new in this round of change-outs are updated exhibition labels. These labels feature larger font text, bilingual (Spanish) translations, and portraits and expanded biographical information for artists, where appropriate. As new works rotate into our galleries, we will continue to replace old exhibit labels with these new, more accessible informational tools.

Brass dedication plaque to the Weisel Gallery

Weisel and Kelly Galleries Close for Renovation

Following the closure of the 4x4 exhibit, the Weisel and Kelly Galleries will close for 2 months for renovation. Improvements will include new lighting tracks, new LED lights, and new ceiling tiles. These renovations will improve the appearance of art in these galleries, as well as negate the harmful effects of traditional halogen and incandescent light sources on sensitive works of art. In addition, these improvements will aid in climate control regulation and energy efficiency. The upgrades to the Weisel and Kelly Galleries will complete the conversion to LED lighting in all areas where art is displayed in the Museum. The Weisel Gallery is named after Deborah Weisel, who founded the Art Study Club in 1926. The Art Study Club would later become both the Springfield Art Museum and the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates.

State of the Museum in colorful text

State of the Museum 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Auditorium & Lobby
5:30 - 6 PM Program; 6 - 7 PM Reception

Please join us for the annual report to our stakeholders on the "state of the museum." This event is part progress report, part performances from select community partners, part holiday party with desserts, hot chocolate and cider, and all FUN! Help us celebrate the successes of another year of vital programming at the Springfield Art Museum.
a teaching artist works with Marshfield High School students in front of Anne Austin Pearce's abstract painting of the Current River

SMMA Gift Allows Acquistion of Anne Austin Pearce's Loosened #3

The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of Anne Austin Pearce’s Loosened #3 to its permanent collection. Pearce represents the state of Missouri in the current 4x4 exhibition. Loosened #3 is inspired by a float trip the artist took along the Current River, making not only the artist, but also the subject intimately tied to the region.

The acquisition was made possible through the generous donation of funds given to the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates in a bequest from the late Shirley A. Carr. “Given its scope and scale, it is a unique addition to the strong watercolor tradition that Springfield, and the Springfield Art Museum are known for through the Watercolor USA exhibition,” said SMMA President Brenda Stiles.

Museum Director Nick Nelson notes, “Loosened #3 has brilliant ties to our collection, offering an abstract counterpoint to Thomas Hart Benton’s realistic study of the Current River already in our collection. We continue to be thankful for the support of our friends in SMMA who support the Museum’s mission in our community.” Anticipate Benton and Pearce’s points of view on the Current River to be juxtaposed in our Creating an American Identity exhibit in the future. 

A stylized American flag

Call for Entries: Veterans' Views

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2017

The Springfield Art Museum is currently seeking submissions for Veterans' Views, a juried exhibition highlighting photographs taken by members of our nation's armed services and relating to their military experience, scheduled for July - November 2017. This exhibit is organized by the Springfield Art Museum in collaboration with Drury University.

Photographs must have been taken while on active duty for any branch of the United States Military, including National Guard Service. Subject matter is not limited - photographs may depict scenes of active duty and/or friends, civilians, the landscape, or scenery at any location or site visited during the tour of duty. Veterans do not need to consider themselves to be "artists" in order to enter, the Museum is particularly interested in highlighting the personal view of time spent while serving our country. For full information on entry rules and how to submit photos, please visit our website.  
End of Year Giving campaign identity

End of Year Giving

Thanks to generous donors like you, we raised $500 on #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving in the spirit of the holidays. Giving Tuesday was the official kick-off to our End of Year giving campaign which aims to raise $5,000 for our arts education initiatives for like:

  • All School Exhibition
  • [email protected] (building workforce preparedness through art skills)
  • Placeworks Program (teaching artist residencies in rural schools)
  • Fairbanks Community Center Children's Art Classes
  • Free Family Days
  • Free Family Art Workshops
  • Pre-K Paint & Play
  • Family Art Lab & Book Nook
  • Customized Museum Tours
From now until 11:59 PM on December 31, 2016, your tax deductible donations will benefit our Education programs reaching thousands of Springfield area children and their families, as well as the 26 surrounding rural school districts that we currently serve. Indeed, your contributions, large or small, will allow us to broaden the reach and depth of our programs in the coming year. We hope you will consider including the Springfield Art Museum in your end of year giving plans and we thank you in advance for your consideration.  

On View

  • Four by Four: 2016 Midwest Invitational Exhibition - closes December 4
  • Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration - through March 5, 2017
  • Creating An American Identity - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Selections from our Asian Art collection (Hartman Gallery) - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, December 3, 8 PM: Men's Chorus of the Ozarks - Hometown Holidays Concert, Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door
  • Sunday, December 4, 1 - 5 PM: 4x4 Exhibition Closes
  • Tuesday, December 6: Weisel & Kelly Galleries Close for Renovation
  • Sunday, December 4, 2 PM: Men's Chorus of the Ozarks - Hometown Holidays Concert, Tickets $10 in advance; $15 at the door
  • Wednesday, December 7, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Thursday, December 8, 5:30 PM: State of the Museum
  • Sunday, December 11, 2 PM: Queen City Voices - A Classic Christmas Concert Featuring Michael & Tara Spyres, Free Admission 
  • Wednesday, December 14, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups Holiday Party
  • Sunday, December 25, All Day: Closed for the Christmas Holiday
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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