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December at the Springfield Art Museum

Grant Woods lithograph "December Afternoon"

Grant Wood: Lithographs Opens

Spratlen Gallery
Saturday, December 9, 10 AM - 6 PM

This special exhibition features all nineteen lithographs that Wood produced in his lifetime. This exhibit examines the artist's thematic concerns and role in the growth and popularity of printmaking in America.
Wood achieved international recognition in the mid-1930s for promoting a style of art that depicted everyday scenes of Midwestern life. Coined "Regionalism," Wood, along with fellow Midwestern artists Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, gained popularity during the Great Depression for focusing on American scenes that upheld supposedly American values.
The Museum previously owned seventeen of Wood’s lithographs and we are excited to have acquired the final two lithographs, Fruits and Vegetables, to complete the set. This is the first time that the Museum will exhibit the entire set of Wood's lithographs. Fruits was purchased with gifts (by exchange) of the late Jeannette L. Musgrave. Special thanks to the members of Amateur d'Art and the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) for their generous contribution of funds to purchase the final lithograph, Vegetables. Grant Wood: Lithographs will be on view through March 25, 2018.

From Richard Tuttle's portfolio "Gold"

Richard Tuttle: Lines & Edges Opens

Eldredge Gallery
Saturday, December 9, 10 AM - 6 PM

This special exhibition highlights Tuttle's exploration of line within the limits of printmaking, and reflects his desire to bend those constraints outward. Pulled from the Museum's permanent collection, this exhibit features three significant portfolios by the artist including The Edge, Line, and Edges.
From nearly the beginning of his career, line has been elemental to Tuttle's work ranging from simple filaments of wire to thin pencil marks drawn directly on the wall. He is particularly interested in seeking the answer to this basic question - When does a line become a sign? A video profile produced by, and provided courtesy of, Art21 will screen in the exhibition. Visitors will enjoy the juxtaposition of Tuttle’s small, intimate works with Anne Lindberg’s large, sweeping tilted sky installation in the King Gallery and will note the importance of line, color, and subtle pencil marks in both. Richard Tuttle: Lines and Edges will also be on view through March 25, 2018.

William Brandon Bowman's wonder room installation

Wonder Rooms Public Program

Collector's Talk Series: William Brandon Bowman
Weisel and Kelly Galleries
Thursday, December 7, 5:30 PM

Join collector and proclaimed "Don of the Springfield art scene," William Brandon Bowman as he shares stories and insights about selections from his private collection currently featured in Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections.

Art Museum class activities

Winter Art Classes Enrolling Now

Winter 2018 classes begin January 23 and will run through March 17, 2018. We offer courses in Beginning Acrylic Painting (Adult), Mixed Media (Adult & Teen), Pottery (Adult & Teen), Beginning & Open Studio in Metals/Jewelry (Adult), and Kids Imagination. Registering for classes is easier than ever before with our online payment option. Sign up today!

Shop Avant Art For Artful Holiday Gifts

Make sure to visit the Museum's flexible social gallery, Avant Art this holiday season to find incredible gift ideas like Chihuly merchandise (including umbrellas and bags), colorful exhibition catalogs, Museum totes and mugs, art-making supplies, and more! Warm up with a freshly brewed cup of Brick & Mortar coffee and a flavored biscotti while taking in Art in Our City, a local art exhibition currently featuring 8 artists who live/work in City Council Zone 1.
Museum merchandise collage

On View

  • Wonder Rooms: Ozark Collections
  • The Structured Landscape
  • Art in Our City
  • 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

  • Fridays, December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Saturday, December 2, 8 PM: Men's Chorus of the Ozarks presents their Christmas concert: A Light in the World (ticketed event)
  • Sunday, December 3, 2 PM: Men's Chorus of the Ozarks presents their Christmas concert: A Light in the World (ticketed event)
  • Wednesdays, December 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Thursday, December 7, 5:30 PM: Wonder Rooms Collector's Talk Series: William Brandon Bowman
  • Sunday, December 10, 2 PM: Queen City Voices presents their Christmas concert: A Brassy, Classy Christmas (Free and open to the public)

    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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