Color horizontal Springfield Art Museum logo

October at the Springfield Art Museum

October November December 2017 Newsletter cover

Oct/Nov/Dec. 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 the current special exhibition Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections, upcoming exhibits featuring the work of Grant Wood and Richard Tuttle, and more! Don't receive our printed newsletter, or exhibition invitations? Join our mailing list today!

Detail photo of Dale Chihuly's Autumn Persian and Feather Chandelier

Chihuly Chandelier Unveiling

Museum Lobby
Sunday, October 22, 2 - 4 PM

In April, the Museum was pleased to announce the acquisition of a sculpture by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly titled Autumn Persian and Feather Chandelier, made possible by the estate of Elizabeth Burgess. We hope you will join us in lifting a glass to this newest piece in our permanent collection on October 22. This impressive piece will be the first work of art that visitors encounter upon entering our newly renovated Lobby, and it serves to further elevate the cultural and artistic profile of our community. Refreshments will be served.

Also opening on October 22, Avant Art (the former Museum Shop) which features a new exhibit titled Art in Our City, Museum merchandise, and beverage service. This new flexible social gallery space has been under renovation since its closure in April 2017. Art in Our City will highlight local artists and the character of Springfield's unique neighborhoods. The first six-month rotation of this exhibit will feature eight artists from City Council Zone 1. 

Miles Batt, Sr.'s Indifferent Love

Waterscape Exhibit Closing

Armstrong Gallery 
Closing Sunday, October 29

October is the final month to enjoy the refreshing special exhibition Water: The Artist's Essential Element. This exhibit, curated by Cindy Quayle, Exhibitions Manager, is the fifth in a series focusing on various artists, styles, and trends in contemporary American aquamedia. Water 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. This exhibit is 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.

Children creating Halloween themed crafts


Museum Lobby, Community Room, Auditorium
Saturday, October 28, 10 AM - Noon

Join us for a morning and early afternoon of family Halloween themed art projects, games, pumpkin decorating, scary stories, and a costume contest! This drop-in event is free and fun for all ages. No registration required. BOO! (costumes are encouraged, but are not required).

A child in the watercolor classroom

Free Pre-K Open Studio Sessions

Family Art Lab & Classrooms
Fridays, October 20 & 27, 10:30 AM to Noon

Bring your littlest artist to the Museum for some hands-on fun! You and your child can make your mark using a variety of tools and materials in an exploratory open-studio setting. 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
Wonder Rooms identity

Wonder Rooms Public Programs

Director's Talk
Thursday, October 5, 5:30 PM

Join Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum, as he shares his thoughts on the nature of art collecting.

Collector's Talk Series: Alex & Cathy Primm
Weisel and Kelly Galleries
Thursday, October 26, 5:30 PM

Join collectors Alex and Cathy Primm as they share stories and insights about their collection currently featured in Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections.

Veterans Views identity

Veterans' Views Public Programs

Movie Screening: Stray Dog
Thursday, October 12, 5:30 PM

Join us for a free screening of Stray Dog, a documentary film focused on Ron "Stray Dog" Hall - a biker, a Vietnam War veteran, and a lover of small dogs - from Winter's Bone director and co-writer Debra Granik. This film is not rated.

Teen Writing Workshop
Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries
Thursday, October 19, 6 - 7:30 PM

Teens will investigate and respond to images in the exhibition through guided observation, discussion, and creative writing. This program is free, but pre-registration is required.

Tai Chi practitioners

Tai Chi With Dee Ogilvy

King Gallery, Courtyard (weather permitting)
Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 AM

Friday morning Tai Chi in the King Gallery (between the Lobby and Courtyard Gallery) continues in October. 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.
SMMA 2017 Fall Fashion Show Flyer

SMMA Hosts Annual Fall Fashion Show - Aphrodite's Afternoon Affair

Monday, October 23, 10 AM
White River Conference Center

Please 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 with entertainment from the Springfield Little Theatre's cast of Mamma Mia and Greek dancing from St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church.

Your $40 ticket includes valet parking, luncheon, wine and cocktails, silent auction, entertainment, and a fashion show featuring divine styles from Harem & Co., Town & County, Acacia Spa, and McDaniel Furs, among others. You are bound to notice KOLR 10 personalities Kelly Smith and Joy Robertson, KY3's Ned Reynolds, and The Mystery Hour's Jeff Houghton on the runway.

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

  • Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Wednesday, October 4, 1 PM: Homeschool Outdoor Fair - Art & Nature. Free event, registration required.
  • Thursday, October 5, 5:30 PM: Wonder Rooms Public Program - Director's Talk
  • Friday, October 6, 5:30 - 9 PM: First Friday Art Walk Shuttle
  • Fridays, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Thursday, October 12, 5:30 PM: Veterans' Views Public Program - Stray Dog Movie Screening
  • Thursday, October 19, 6 PM: Veterans' Views Public Program - Teen Writing Workshop 
  • Fridays, October 20, 27, 10:30 AM: Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
  • Saturday, October 21, 7 PM: Red Moon Studios Presents - Hips Noir XII. Tickets $10.
  • Sunday, October 22, 2 - 4 PM: Chihuly Chandelier Unveiling
  • Monday, October 23, 10 AM: SMMA's Annual Fall Fashion Show - Aphrodite's Afternoon Affair
  • Thursday, October 26, 5:30 PM: Wonder Rooms Public Program - Collector's Talk Series: Alex & Cathy Primm
  • Saturday, October 28, 10 AM - Noon: Trick-Art-Treat
  • Sunday, October 29, All Day: Water: The Artist's Essential Element 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!

Powered by CivicSend - A product of CivicPlus