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March at the Springfield Art Museum

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Watercolor USA 2018 Entry Deadline

Deadline to enter: March 6, 2018

This is the final opportunity to enter Watercolor USA 2018. The 57th annual juried exhibition of the very best in contemporary American watermedia is scheduled for June 2 - August 26, 2018. This exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories and will be judged by Kelly Kane, former Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine, and current Editor of PleinAir Magazine. Approximately $20,000 in cash and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. For full information on entry rules and how to submit art work, please visit our website.
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All School Exhibition Opens

March 3 - April 29, 2018
Weisel & Kelly Galleries
High/Middle School Reception: March 2, 5:30 - 7 PM
Elementary Reception: March 4, 2 - 4 PM

Every March, the Museum invites student artists from across our community, in kindergarten through twelfth grades, to exhibit outstanding artwork in the All School Exhibition. A celebration of Youth Art Month, this highly anticipated show is the Museum's longest running exhibition offering. Please join us for this colorful exhibition that the Springfield News-Leader has described as "what it must be like to be inside a kaleidoscope." 

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Art In Bloom Tickets On Sale

April 27, 28, 29
Museum Galleries

The Springfield Art Museum and invites you to Art In Bloom 2018, our newest signature event celebrating fine art and fantastic floral displays. This three-day festival invites floral designers from throughout the region to imaginatively interpret works of art on view in the Museum's galleries and presents them alongside those works for your enrapt enjoyment. Art In Bloom includes prize categories for featured florists, an incredible opening night soiree with a nature-inspired runway show, floral arranging workshops, mixed media painting activities, and more! Proceeds from Art In Bloom events benefit the Museum's Art Acquisition Fund. Save the date for April 27 through the 29 and join us for this one-of-a-kind event inspired by spring!

Preview Party: Friday, April 27, 2018, 6:30 - 9 PM
Preview Party Tickets $25; Sponsorships begin at $100

Floral Arranging Workshop: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2 - 4 PM
Workshop Tickets $40, fee includes materials

Floral Mixed Media Collage Workshop: Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2 - 4 PM
Workshop Tickets $40, fee includes materials

Purchase tickets for any of these paid events by visiting the event website, by calling (417) 874-2859, or by visiting the Museum.

*Public hours with FREE admission: Saturday, April 28, 10 AM - 6 PM & Sunday, April 29, 1 - 5 PM.
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Spring Art Classes Enrolling Now

Classes begin March 27 and run for 8 weeks

Register now for Spring Classes at the Springfield Art Museum. We are offering courses in Mixed Media, Acrylic Painting, Watercolor Painting, Pottery (Adult & Teen), Enameling/Metals/Jewelry, Open Studio Small Metals/Jewelry, and Kids Extraordinary Art - featuring projects inspired by fairy tales and imagination. Registering for classes is easier than ever before with our new pay online option, or purchase your class in Avant Art, our new social gallery combining exhibitions, beverage and snack service, and retail. Sign up today! 

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Free Pre-K Open Studio Sessions 

Family Art Lab & Classrooms
Fridays, March 23 & 30, 10:30 AM - Noon

Free Pre-K Open Studio Sessions continue in 2018 thanks to ongoing generous grant funding from The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation. Bring your littlest artist to the Museum for some hands-on fun. This program helps build creativity and school readiness. 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. Classes are FREE and open to the public; registration is required.

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Tuttle, Wood, Landscapes Close

Closing March 25

Three special exhibitions are closing in March. Richard Tuttle: Lines and Edges, Grant Wood: Lithographs, and The Structured Landscape all close on March 25. This is your last chance to spend some time in our galleries with Tuttle's minimalist abstract works, all 19 of the lithographs that Wood produced during his lifetime, and over 20 watercolor landscapes that feature built environments. These galleries will reopen on April 13 at 5:30 PM for Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill, featuring 150 works from public and private collections across the country.

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Art In Our City Rotates

Zone 1 closes March 18; Zone 2 opens March 24

The second six-month rotation of Art In Our City features nine artists from five neighborhoods located in City Council Zone 2. Vivian Boswell, Nancy Dornan, Nadine Ellman, Liz Ford-Coates, Catherine Long, Josh Mitchell, Rae Ann Rockwell, Kimberly Salsman, and Evan Wright all live or create in the Bingham, Delaware, Kingsbury Forest, Oak Grove, and Rountree neighborhoods. These artists’ works range from painting, to low-relief mixed media sculpture, to textiles, and highlight the adage that “Creativity Lives Here.” Their work will show through October 14, when the exhibit will rotate to feature seven new artists from four neighborhoods located in City Council Zone 3.
When you visit Avant Art, make sure to try the Springfield Art Museum blend of brewed coffee from Copper Canyon, enjoy a sweet treat from Anita’s Biscotti, and pick up some Museum merchandise, including Chihuly merchandise, Museum t-shirts, artist-inspired jewelry, and art-making supplies.”

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Mike Buesking To Deliver Workshop

Thursday, March 8, 6:30 PM
Community Room

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild are pleased to present From Vision to the Visual, an evening with artist Michael Buesking. This ArtTalk examines the sometimes uneasy relationship between Christianity, spirituality, and the visual arts. Buesking will also show his work and discuss and answer questions about how he uses scripture as a source of inspiration for his paintings.This event is free; however, reservations are required. Please email Sandra Letson at [email protected] or call 417-869-7812 to reserve your seat.

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SMMA Honors Thomas Hart Benton With Birthday Bash

Friday, April 20, 6:30 PM
Tickets $40; Sponsorships available

Please plan to join SMMA for a new tradition, Thomas Hart Benton's Birthday Bash. This event provides a foot stompin' , rollickin' good time as Missouri's Official Ragtime Piano Player, Gary Ellison, performs Thomas Hart Benton's Greatest Hits! Hear the stories and songs that inspired many of Benton's paintings. Ticket includes heavy hors d'oeuvre, wine, entertainment, birthday cake, and a toast to Thomas Hart Benton, easily one of Missouri's most recognized artists and an important Regionalist. Proceeds benefit SMMA's support of 5th grade field trips to the Springfield Art Museum, Placeworks teaching artist residencies in rural schools, art acquisitions, and more! Please contact Leslie Janzen in the SMMA Office for details (417) 874-2869 or [email protected].

On View

  • Grant Wood: Lithographs (Closing March 25)
  • Richard Tuttle: Lines & Edges (Closing March 25)
  • The Structured Landscape (Closing March 25)
  • Art In Our City (Zone 1 closes March 18; Zone 2 opens March 24)
  • All School Exhibition (Opens March 3)
  • Creating An American Identity - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Selections from our Asian Art Collection (Hartman Gallery) - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Dale Chihuly: Autumn Persian and Feather Chandelier - permanent
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent

Upcoming Events

  • Fridays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Friday, March 2, 5:30 PM: All School Exhibition High/Middle School Opening Reception
  • Sunday, March 4, 2 - 4 PM: All School Exhibition Elementary Opening Reception
  • Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, 9:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Thursday, March 8, 6:30 PM: ArtTalk - From Vision to the Visual
  • Sunday, March 18, 1 - 5 PM: Art In Our City Zone 1 Closes
  • Fridays, March 23, 30, 10:30 AM - Noon: Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
  • Saturday, March 24, 10 AM - 6 PM: Art In Our City Zone 2 Opens
  • Sunday, March 25, 1 - 5 PM: Richard Tuttle: Lines and Edges, Grant Wood: Lithographs, The Structured Landscape Close
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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