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July at the Springfield Art Museum

Guests attend the opening reception of "Watercolor USA 2017."

Record Setting Attendance

Attendance at the Museum topped out at well over 58,000 guests this fiscal year, beating the previous all-time attendance record of 56,000 visitors previously set back in 2004 when the Museum hosted a traveling special exhibition of the photography of Ansel Adams. The Museum is particularly pleased that these attendance numbers reflect a pattern of sustained growth, and are not simply a response to one blockbuster exhibition coming to town.

American Impressionism identity

American Impressionism Closes

Closing July 2, 2017

There are just two days left to enjoy over 100 works from the golden age of American Impressionism. Make sure to see this special traveling exhibition organized by the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA before it is gone forever! American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony appears at the Museum in part due to financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Watercolor USA 2017 identity

Watercolor USA Open Now

Closing August 27, 2017

Don't miss the 56th annual showing of Watercolor USA, celebrating the best in contemporary American watermedia. This year's exhibit features 85 works from 80 artists representing 32 states, as selected by juror Laurin McCracken, president of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. This popular exhibition and Springfield summertime staple features a catalog on sale at the Museum's front desk for $15.

Veterans' Views Identity

Veterans' Views Photo Exhibit Opens

Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries
July 22 - November 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 21, 5:30 - 7 PM

Please join the Museum and Drury University as we present this moving juried photography exhibition highlighting 60 images taken by members of our nation’s armed services, relating to their military experiences. Forty veterans representing the Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Army Reserve, National Guard, and the Army Corps of Engineers from 12 states are featured in this exhibit that honors tours of service from 1946 to 2017. Locations depicted range from Missouri to Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy, Vietnam, Germany, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Kuwait, Ecuador, Japan, and the Philippines. This exhibit includes a slate of free public programs, and a “Family Tree” where patrons can photocopy and post pictures of service members.

Waterscape by Don Nice

Waterscape Exhibit Opens

Armstrong Gallery
July 29 - October 29, 2017

This exhibition, curated by Cindy Quayle, Exhibitions Manager, is the fifth in a series focusing on various artists, styles, and trends in contemporary American aquamedia. Water: The Artist's Essential Element features over 20 waterscapes pulled from the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection, including a piece by Joseph Turner, one of the great masters of British watercolor landscape painting. The exhibit will be located in the Armstrong Gallery, named for the late Bill Armstrong, a noted regional watercolorist, an important part of the Watercolor USA legacy, and a shaping force behind the Watercolor USA Honor Society.

99x: Gilded Coast Glamour Identity

99 Times Party Returns

Saturday, September 30, 2017
6-7 PM Sponsor Hour; 7-9 PM General Admission
General Tickets $25, on sale August 1
Sponsorships available now, beginning at $100

Please join us for the annual 99x (Times) Party, as we recreate glamorous Newport, Rhode Island, the seaside playground of the Vanderbilts, the Astors, and the Rockefellers. This year's event will raise funds to restore the glow to noted Luminist painter John Frederick Kensett's Shore Landscape, Newport which was acquired by the Museum in 1949. Kensett was an influential member of the Hudson River School and a founder of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

99x: Gilded Coast Glamour is a costumed evening adorned and aglow with contemporary style and fashions inspired by Gilded Age Newport. As guests eat, drink, and dance the night away, they will encounter illuminated coastal murals and enter living art tableaus featuring modern takes on the historic interiors of Newport's radiant mansions, as envisioned by the hottest local artists, tastemakers, and trendsetters. 
Creative, lustrous cocktail attire encouraged. Join the revelry and help us bring this important painting back to life by bringing it “back to light.” #GiltGlam
Summer Art Camps at the Springfield Art Museum

Not Too Late For Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camps end this month! There is still time to enroll your little artists, designers, storytellers, and explorers in a summer they won't soon forget. Art campers explore the art on view in the Museum through a variety of interdisciplinary activities and engage in art-making, creating their own art portfolios. Full and half day sessions are available. Sibling discounts apply. 

  • Session 4: Art Around the World, July 11 - 14
  • Session 5: Myths and Fairy Tales, July 18 - 21
  • Session 6: Narrative Novelties, July 25 - 28
July August September 2017 Newsletter Cover featuring Steven Henry's "Flying High."

July/Aug/Sept. 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 all things watercolor! Don't receive our printed newsletter, or exhibition invitations? Join our mailing list today!

Art in Our City identity

Springfield Artists Wanted 

Deadline: August 1, 2017

The Museum is seeking proposals for exhibition in a new flexible social gallery space that combines exhibitions, retail, and coffee service opening in late October. Springfield artists who live and/or work in one Springfield's neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. View the "Call For Artists" or enter your work for consideration on our website under "Exhibition Opportunity" today.

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ArtTalk: Evan Wright

Thursday, July 20, 6:30 PM
Community Room

Please join the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild as they present “Letters in Abstract” with graphic artist Evan Wright. Wright is an artist, illustrator, and designer who derives inspiration from graffiti and typographic forms and routinely uses spray paint, acrylics, and digital software in his work. Wright will present a brief overview of the history of modern graffiti and its fine art derivatives, discuss his own graffiti-inspired works, and lead the group in a hands-on demo. This event is free and open to the public and all materials will be provided. Reservations are required. Contact Sandra Letson at [email protected] or (417) 869-7812 to reserve your spot today.

On View

  • American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists' Colony (closes July 2)
  • Watercolor USA
  • 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

  • Tuesday, July 4, All Day: Closed in Observance of Independence Day
  • Wednesdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Friday, July 7, 5:30 - 9 PM: First Friday Art Walk Shuttle
  • Thursday, July 20, 6:30 PM: ArtTalk-Evan Wright
  • Friday, July 21, 5:30 - 7 PM: Veterans' Views Opening Reception
  • Saturday, July 22, Sun Down: Outdoor Film Screening-Good Morning Vietnam
  • Saturday, July 29, 10 AM - 6 PM: Water: The Artist's Essential Element Opens
  • Saturday, July 29, 1 PM: Watercolor USA Artist Talk-Rachel Wood
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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