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August at the Springfield Art Museum

"Shore Landscape, Newport" painting by John Frederick Kensett

Tickets On Sale Now For
99x: Gilded Coast Glamour

Please join us at the Springfield Art Museum on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM for the 99 Times Party, our signature fundraising event blending spirits, music, fashion, food, and frivolity.

99x: Gilded Coast Glamour is a costumed evening adorned and aglow with contemporary style and fashions inspired by Gilded Age Newport. As you eat, drink, and dance the night away to the musical stylings of LUX, you will encounter 10 illuminated coastal murals and enter 10 living art tableaus featuring modern takes on the historic exteriors and interiors of Newport's radiant mansions.

General admission tickets are only $25 and include complimentary beverages courtesy of Mother's Brewing Company, Missouri Ridge Distillery, and Deitra Magazine, with hors d'oeuvres by The Order at Hotel Vandivort.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Museum's Conservation and Preservation Fund and will be used to
restore the glow to noted Luminist painter John Frederick Kensett's Shore Landscape, Newport which was acquired by the Museum in 1949. Creative, lustrous cocktail attire encouraged. Join the revelry and help us bring this important painting back to life by bringing it “back to light.” Purchase your tickets today! #GiltGlam

**Sponsorships begin at $100 and include admission to the VIP Sponsor Hour sponsored by O'Reilly Hospitality Management from 6 to 7 PM, with entertainment from Randall Shreve, catering from Houlihan's, and wine, beer, and signature cocktails from Macadoodles.

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99x: Gilded Coast Glamour
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Final Month of Watercolor USA

Closing August 27, 2017

Don't miss your last chance to see the 56th exhibition of Watercolor USA! This year's exhibit features 85 works from 80 artists representing 32 states. August is your final chance to see the very best in contemporary American watermedia, as judged by Laurin McCracken, President of the Watercolor USA Honor Society. Pick up your copy of the commemorative Watercolor USA catalog at the Museum for only $10.

A family playing in the selfie station in the Family Art Lab

Free Family Day: Watercolor USA

Saturday, August 26, 10 AM - Noon
Community Room and Galleries

Family Days are designed to help kids and grown-ups explore the Museum’s exhibits together. This Family Day features hands-on gallery and art-making activities focused on summer favorite, Watercolor USA. This drop-in event is free and everyone is welcome! Come make a connection with our collection.

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Water: The Artist's Essential Element

Beat the summer heat by visiting this cool drink of water! Water: The Artist's Essential Element is guest curated by Cindy Quayle, Exhibitions Manager and features over 20 waterscapes pulled from the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection, including five pieces from our flat files that have never been exhibited before. This exhibit also includes a piece by Joseph Turner, one of the great masters of British watercolor landscape painting.

Patrons viewing the Veterans' Views exhibit

Veterans' Views On Display Now

The Museum and Drury University are proud to 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. This exhibit includes a slate of free public programs, and a “Veterans Family Tree” where patrons and veterans can photocopy and post pictures of themselves or service members from their families.

**Please do not bring framed photographs and attempt to leave them in the exhibition. All materials are provided to photocopy images and post them. In accordance with our Collection Management and Acquisition policies, the Museum does not accept unsolicited works of art.

Orville "Smokey" Choate holding his veteran portrait

Veterans' Views Public Program: "The Freedom Endeavor"

Thursday, August 24, 5:30 PM
Community Room

Please join us as Mt. Vernon photographer Steve Snyder presents information and selections from "The Freedom Endeavor." Snyder captures veteran's portraits and oral histories in order to raise awareness of veteran's issues. This program is free and open to the public.

Musgrave Founation grant award ceremony

Musgrave Foundation Funds New Round of Free Pre-K Programming

The Musgrave Foundation has recently awarded the Museum a $3,000 grant to continue providing free exploratory, open studio art-making sessions designed for kids ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Pre-K art classes like these help build school readiness in our youngest artists by encouraging sensory exploration, discovery, fine-motor skill development, and by building creativity. Classes run in 4 week sessions and are set to begin again in September. Stay tuned for information on how to register your little ones!

Aphrodite's Afternoon Affair Flyer

Save the Date For Fine Art Fashions With SMMA

Monday, October 23, 10 AM
White River Convention Center

Plan to join the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates for an elegant afternoon at the annual SMMA Fall Fashion Show. This year's event, Aphrodite's Afternoon Affair, features a Greek theme inspired by the Springfield Little Theatre's upcoming production of Mamma Mia featuring the incomparable Kim Crosby.

Your $40 ticket includes valet parking, luncheon, wine and cocktails, silent auction, entertainment from the cast of Mamma Mia, and a fashion show featuring divine styles from Harem & Co., Town & County, Acacia Spa, and McDaniel Furs, among others.

Proceeds benefit SMMA's support of 5th grade field trips to the Museum, Placeworks teaching artist residencies in rural schools, art acquisitions, and more! R
eserve today by contacting the SMMA office at (417) 874-2869 or [email protected].

On View

  • Watercolor USA 2017 (closes August 27)
  • Water: The Artist's Essential Element
  • Veterans' Views
  • 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, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Friday, August 4, 5:30 - 9 PM: First Friday Art Walk Shuttle
  • Thursday, August 24, 5:30 PM: Veterans' Views Public Program: Steve Snyder Presents "The Freedom Endeavor"
  • Saturday, August 26, 10 AM - Noon: Free Family Day: Watercolor USA
  • Sunday, August 27, 1 - 5 PM: Watercolor USA Closes
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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