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January at the Springfield Art Museum

Ken Baskin's "Sprocket and Chain" on the cover of the Museum Newsletter

Jan/Feb/March 2017 Newsletter

The latest edition 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 expanded content including a spotlight on our collection and our Education Department, as well as a feature story on our current special exhibition, Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration. Don't receive our printed newsletter, or exhibition invitations? Join our mailing list today!

Art class at Springfield Art Museum circa 1958

Winter Art Classes For All Ages Begin January 24

There is still time to register for Winter Classes at the Springfield Art Museum. We offer courses in Mixed Media (Adult & Kids), Beginning Drawing, Beginning Acrylic, Pottery (Adult, Teen, & Kids), Metals/Jewelry, and more. Registering for classes is easier than ever before with our new pay online option. Sign up today!

Remember, that Museum Members receive a 20% on all classes. Call us at (417) 837-5700 to utilize your member discount. To become a Museum Member visit our website.

Wood Fired Kiln identity

Free Family Day: Wood-Fired Kiln

Saturday, January 21, 10 AM - Noon

Family Days are designed to help kids and grown-ups explore the Museum’s exhibits together. This Family Day features hands-on gallery activities and art making focused on The Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration. Among the featured activities, kids will have the opportunity to play with clay and attempt to recreate some of the many colorful glazes that are on display by using various color washes. This drop-in event is free, and everyone is welcome! Come make a connection with our collection.

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Call For Entry: Veterans' Views

Deadline to apply: March 31, 2017

The 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 "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.

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Call For Entry: Watercolor USA 2017

Deadline to apply: March 6, 2017

The Museum is currently seeking submissions for Watercolor USA 2017. The 56th annual juried exhibition of the very best in American watermedia is scheduled for June - August 2017. This exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and US territories and will be judged by Laurin McCracken, President of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. Approximately $20,000 in cash and Museum purchase awards are available. Major support for Watercolor USA is provided by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates with additional cash awards generously provided by the Watercolor USA Honor Society. For full information on entry rules and how to submit art work, please visit our website.

Marshfield High School Field Trip

Art and Poetry Intersect in Our Galleries 

During a recent Placeworks Program field trip to the Museum, a Marshfield High School student was drawn to Roger Shimomura's An American Enemy, currently on display in our Creating An American Identity exhibition. This piece addresses the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. He was moved to write the following:

A foreigner in his own land but yet still salutes with his hands.
A uniform of the enemy for him to wear, his skin his cross to bear.
Locked up behind wire... always respectful to those whose beliefs he opposes.

Ekphrastic poems like this one, are poems inspired by works of art. Evangel University professor LaDonna Friesen brings her creative writing students to the Museum frequently to be inspired by the works of art on view. Many of these poems can be read next to the works of art that inspired them in our galleries. You can read more of Professor Friesen's talented students' writing on our blog

Weisel and Kelly Gallery plaque

Weisel and Kelly Galleries Closed for Renovations

Demolition work in the Weisel and Kelly Galleries is underway to make improvements to these gallery spaces. Improvements 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. Renovations are expected to take 2 months.

Lobby Refresh

Museum Lobby Gets a Refresh

Robert Cronbach's sculpture Nascence has a new home in the front of the Museum's lobby as we refresh this space with colorful new informational wayfinding stripes and new donor and member recognition panels that prominently highlight the Museum's many generous supporters in our community. 

On View

  • 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

  • Wednesdays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Wednesday, January 4, All Day: Watercolor USA 2017 Submissions Open
  • Friday, January 13, All Day: Biz 417 Think Summit, Tickets required. 
  • Saturday, January 21, 10 AM - Noon: Free Family Day (Wood-Fired Kiln)
  • Sunday, January 22, 3 PM: Parkview High School Viking Band Winter Concert
  • Tuesday, January 24, All Day: Winter Art Classes Begin
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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