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April at the Springfield Art Museum

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American Impressionism Opens April 7

April 8 - July 2, 2017
Opening Reception: April 7, 5:30 - 7 PM
Eldredge, Spratlen, Armstrong Galleries

This exhibit features 75 oil paintings and thirty works on paper dating to the golden age of American Impressionism, the 1880s through the 1940s. Arranged by the artists' colonies that played a critical role in the development of the style, the exhibit will examine work produced in Cos Cob and Old Lyme, CT; Cape Cod, Cape Anne and Rockport, in MA; New Hope and Philadelphia in PA; and Taos, New Mexico, among others. Featured artists include William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Julian Alden Weir, John Twachtman, Chauncey Ryder, as well as American expatriates Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent. American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, PAFinancial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Give Ozarks logo set against a column at the outdoor amphitheater

#GetAmped for Give Ozarks on May 9

Due to the incredible generosity of donors to the Museum’s 2016 Give Ozarks project #SaveTheFrenchFries, our community raised over $17,000 to benefit the restoration of John Henry’s iconic Sun Target II, as well as several other sculptures on the Museum’s grounds by St. Louis sculptor Ernest Trova.

The Museum experienced an outpouring of public support and goodwill for this initiative, which placed us in the top 20 organizations in terms of dollars raised, and number of individual donors out of the 220 organizations that participated. We also won the top prize for Best Marketing Campaign. 

This year, we are seeking project-specific support to Revamp the Amp. Our outdoor amphitheater was constructed in 1936 as a part of the Work Progress Administration's (WPA) projects in Springfield, MO. Adorned by the columns that once flanked the entrance to the Colonial Hotel on Route 66 (formerly located at Jefferson & St. Louis), this historic outdoor performance space is a treasured part of the Phelps Grove Neighborhood, and the larger Springfield community.

Art Mosaic One, a Museum volunteer group has been helping organize this year's project and they have already secured $7,000 in gift-matching funds! Generous donors include: Sally Scheid; Art Mosaic One; Dr. Lynn & Betty Carlton; Reliable Toyota, Lexus-BMW of Springfield & Audi Springfield; Southwest Missouri Museum Associates; Spencer Fane; Kathy Binkley, State Farm Insurance; Waverly House; and the Xi Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Help us raise awareness by snapping a selfie at the amphitheater, or sharing your photos and memories on social media with our hashtag #GetAmped. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @sgfmuseum. Find out more information about our Revamp the Amp project by visiting our Give Ozarks page, and save the date for May 9!

A performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Museum outdoor amphitheater

April/May/June 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 content including a spotlight on our collection and our Education Department, as well as feature stories on the special exhibition American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony and Give Ozarks 2017.

Children and adults in the Community Room engaged in various art-making activities

Free Family Day

Saturday, April 22, 10 AM - Noon
Community Room & Galleries

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 American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony. This drop-in event is free and everyone is welcome! Come make a connection with our collection.

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Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 8, 4 PM
Museum Galleries   

Spend some time looking really deeply at selected works from our collection. Our Museum Educator and Teaching Artists will be on hand to show patrons different ways to engage with works on view. This nationwide event is free and open to the public. Simply join us in the Museum Lobby at 4 PM and prepare to see art in a new way!

Black and white cartoonish characters

All School Exhibition Ends April 23

Courtyard, Weisel, Kelly Galleries

Don't miss this perennial favorite! Our March attendance numbers totaled over 7,000 patrons, driven almost entirely by this incredible exhibition of local student artist talent. This exhibit also reflects the work of the incredibly talented teachers in our community, many of whom are practicing artists themselves.

 A Student Artist next to his painting of colorful stripes

Pre-K Make Your Mark! Continues

Fridays, April 7 & 14, 10:30 AM
Museum Classrooms

Bring your littlest artist to the Museum for some hands-on fun. These exploratory, open-studio sessions are designed for kids ages 3-5 with their caregiver. 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! 

student artists displaying their art work

Summer Camp Enrolling Now

Session 1: June 6 - 9; Session 2: June 13 - 16; Session 3: June 20 - 23; Session 4: July 11 - 14; Session 5: July 18 - 21; Session 6: July 25 - 28.

At Art Camp, kids experiment with a variety of materials and ideas to create an amazing collection of artwork. In addition, campers explore the art on view at the Museum through drawing, creative writing, movement, and other innovative gallery activities. All sessions run Tuesday through Friday. Half-day and full-day options are available.

Portrait of Craig Howe

Center for American Indian Research & Native Studies Director To Speak

Tuesday, April 11, 4 PM
MSU, Strong Hall - Room 0001 (lower level)

Wednesday, April 12, 4 PM
Museum Community Room 

The Museum and Missouri State University are proud to present two lectures from Craig Howe, Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, located in South Dakota. Howe will speak at MSU on Tuesday about "Seven Things Everyone Should Know About American Indians," and continue his appearance at the Museum on Wednesday with a presentation on "The Future of American Indian Art Exhibits." These talks are free and open to the public. 

Various stationary and note cards available for purchase in the Museum Shop

Storewide Clearance Event in the Museum Shop

Enjoy a 30% discount on all merchandise through April 8, unless otherwise marked, in the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates' Museum Shop located inside the Museum. Stock up on one-of-a-kind gift items, art supplies, games, and more!  

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World Tai Chi Day

Saturday, April 29, 9:30 - 11 AM
Outdoor Amphitheater

Explore the ancient art of Taijiquan with a variety of FREE demonstrations and interactive Tai Chi and meditation classes. Please bring your own blanket or yoga mat, water, or chair. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside the Museum's Community Room.

On View

  • American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony - opens April 7, 5:30 PM
  • All School Exhibition - through April 23
  • 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, April 5, 12, 19, 26, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Friday April 7, 14, 10:30 AM: Pre-K Make Your Mark!
  • Friday, April 7, 5:30 PM: American Impressionism Opening Reception
  • Friday, April 7, 5:30 - 9 PM: First Friday Art Walk Shuttle
  • Saturday, April 8, 4 PM: Slow Art Day
  • Wednesday, April 12, 4PM: Craig Howe, "The Future of American Indian Art Exhibits"
  • Thursday, April 13, 7 PM: The Big Read: An Evening with Author-Illustrator Sophie Blackall
  • Thursday, April 20, 5:30 PM: Curator's Talk: American Impressionism in the Springfield Art Museum's Collection
  • Saturday, April 22, 10 AM - Noon: Family Day
  • Saturday, April 29, 9:30 - 11 AM: World Tai Chi Day

    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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