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February at the Springfield Art Museum

Final Full Month of Wood-Fired Kiln

Closing March 5

Don't miss your final chance to see the largest-scale exhibition of ceramics that the area has seen in over 30 years! Wood-Fired Kiln: A Catalyst for Collaboration features over 100 functional and sculptural wood-fired ceramics from local, national, and international artists.  

Don't miss the Wood-Fired Kiln Artist Panel on Saturday, March 4 at 1:30 PM in the Auditorium. This free public program features 6 of the 7 represented artists in a conversation about their collaborative work.

A young child creates art at the Springfield Art Museum

Pre-K Make Your Mark!

February 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 10:30 -11:30 AM
Watercolor Classroom

Beginning Friday, February 10, bring your littlest artist to the Museum for some hands-on fun. Each week, you and your child can "make your mark" using a variety of tools and materials in an exploratory, open-studio setting. Drop in once, or come every week. These sessions are designed for kids ages 3-5 with their caregiver. These sessions are free to attend thanks to a generous grant from the Musgrave Foundation; however, pre-registration in required. Click here for more information or to register today! 

Funding for Pre-K Make Your Mark! is generously provided by the Musgrave Foundation.

The Musgrave Foundation logo, two clasped hands
Veterans' Views and Watercolor USA identities

Calls For Artists:
Watercolor USA & Veterans' Views

Watercolor USA
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. For full information on entry rules and how to submit art work, please visit our website.

Veterans' Views
Deadline to apply: March 31, 2017
Free to Enter!

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. For full information on entry rules and how to submit photos, please visit our website.

Local Artist's Winning Watercolor

Blake Willis Tiggemann's Lost in the Fire, the top award winner from Watercolor USA 2016, was recently featured in Watercolor Artist's (February 2017) article "The Year's Best Paintings." Tiggemann notes "My choice of materials was based wholly out of circumstance. I experienced a house fire the month before I was to paint my entry to Watercolor USA in which I lost all of my art supplies... I was challenged and pressed to find something inexpensive to work with."

While inexpensive, re-purposed, and found materials lend authenticity and immediacy to the piece, they presented a conundrum to Museum staff after the acquisition of the work to our permanent collection. How do you balance a work of art's integrity and spirit with its requisite conservation and preservation needs? Cindy Quayle, Springfield Art Museum's Exhibition Manager details how the Museum tackled the re-framing challenges this unique, down-scale, and poignant work presented in our latest SAM Off The Wall blog post.

Representatives from the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation and SMMA hand a check to Museum Educator Kate Baird
Pictured: Janet Ellison, SMMA Treasurer; Susan Daniel, Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation Pres. & SMMA Secretary; Kate Baird, Museum Educator & Placeworks Founder
Placeworks Receives Boost from the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation & SMMA

Placeworks, an arts education outreach partnership of the Springfield Art Museum, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and the Rural Schools Partnership received a much needed boost this school year in the form of a $5,000 gift from the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation and $5,000 in matching funds from the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates. 

Placeworks provides flexible, customized interdisciplinary artist residencies and field trips to requesting schools at no cost to the school district. Since its inception in 2010, Placeworks has served over 26 rural school districts and 4,300 students across southwest Missouri. Primarily funded through a grant from the Louis L. and Julia Dorothy Coover Charitable Foundation, Placeworks' growth means that residency requests are now outstripping available resources.

Museum Educator Kate Barid notes, "We are very thankful for the investment of these community partners, without which we couldn't provide meaningful, in-depth arts experiences to kids in communities that might not have access or opportunity to visit a Museum or similar cultural institution." Click here to learn more about School Programs at the Museum.

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

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