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September at the Springfield Art Museum

"Shore Landscape, Newport" painting by John Frederick Kensett

Tickets For 99x: Gilded Coast Glamour Selling Fast!

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. #GiltGlam

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. Make sure to purchase your tickets in advance. A limited number of door tickets will be available for $35.

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!

*99x: Gilded Coast Glamour is presented by Esterly, Schneider & Associates, Inc.*

Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections poster

Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections Opens September 15

Weisel and Kelly Galleries
September 16, 2017 - February 11, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 5:30 PM

Please join us for the opening reception of Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections, a new special exhibition that examines the human desire to collect, with a specific focus on private collections in southwest Missouri, in order to discover the underlying stories and driving impulses behind collecting. The exhibit will present over 200 representative works from ten local collections, and will feature a range of media arranged in cabinets or 'rooms,' including ceramics, photography, outsider art, local art, furniture, prints, drawings, and more. This event is free and open to the public. This exhibit includes a free gallery guide.

A child and caregiver work on a red painting in the Museum's Classroom

Free Pre-K Open Studio Sessions

Family Art Lab & Classrooms
Fridays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30 AM to Noon

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 a caregiver. Our Pre-K Open Studio Sessions are free and open to the public due to a generous grant from the Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation, and we thank them for their support of these programs that help build creativity and school readiness! Registration is required
Art classes collage in the Museum's Classrooms

Fall Art Classes For All Ages Begin September 19

There is still time to register for Fall Classes at the Springfield Art Museum. We offer courses in Mixed Media, Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Metals/Jewelry (Adults), and Mixed Media, Pottery, and *NEW* Fairy Tale Art (Kids & Teens). Class fees include 8 weeks of instruction and include all materials. Registering for classes is easier than ever before with our new pay online option. Sign up today! 

Veterans Views identity

Veterans' Views Public Program: The Best Years of Our Lives Screening

The Moxie Cinema (305 S. Campbell)
Saturday, September 9, 1 PM

Join Drury University at the Moxie for a free screening of The Best Years of Our Lives, a 1946 film focused on three WW II veterans who return home to small-town America, followed by a panel discussion with Bill Garvin. This program is free and open to the public with support from the Moxie Cinema and the Springfield Regional Arts Council through Arts & Culture funding from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. A special thank you to Bass Pro Shops for their exhibition sponsorship of Veterans' Views. 

Tai Chi practitioners

Tai Chi With Dee Ogilvy

King Gallery
Fridays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, 9 AM

Start your Friday morning right with Tai Chi in the King Gallery (between the Lobby and Courtyard Gallery) underneath Anne Lindberg's contemplative installation, tilted sky. Learn Yang style Tai Chi from Shifu, M. Dee Ogilvy, who began practicing Tai Chi 25 years ago at Duke University. Dee currently teaches in Missouri State University’s Wellness Program and runs her own Tai Chi program called White Metal Rabbit Taijiquan. Great for adults of any age and physical fitness level. Requires no special equipment. Relaxed, composed flowing movements that combine strength with gentleness. Beginners are welcome! Free and open to the public.
Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao portrait

FOSAM & Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild Present Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao

Tuesday, September 26, 6PM

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild are pleased to present an evening with Nigerian "Ambassador of Art," Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao.

From the Niger River Basin of West Africa to the Ozark Mountains, Ibiyinka is an artist who shines a light on art as a healing tool through painting, storytelling, writing, music, and film. Ibiyinka works in schools, prisons, and juvenile detention centers, introducing art therapy to students and inmates. Ibiyinka will be sharing stories, performing musical selections, and discussing his artwork including, My Fireflies, which has been made into a short animated feature and an audio book that will be screened at the event. Free and open to the public. Reservations for this event are not required.

Schermer Pecan products

SMMA Pecan Fundraiser Deadline Approaching

The Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) are selling their ever-popular Schermer Pecans. Pecans are $12 per bag and are available in halves, pieces, milk or dark chocolate, caramel clusters, or cinnamon glazed. Schermer Pecans make great fall gifts! Orders are due by Oct. 1 and can be placed by calling the SMMA office at (417) 874-2869 or emailing [email protected]

On View

  • 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

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