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April at the Springfield Art Museum

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Art In Bloom Blossoms Soon

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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Museum Achieves AAM Accreditation

The Museum is pleased to announce that it has earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums at the February 2018 meeting of the Accreditation Commission. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, only 1,070 are accredited. The Springfield Art Museum is one of only 19 accredited museums in the state of Missouri, and is the only accredited museum in all of southern Missouri.

As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility to the entire community. Accredited institutions enjoy not only national recognition for their commitment to excellence and the highest professional standards of museum operation and public service, they also receive increased credibility with funding agencies and donors, improved relationships with other museums resulting in more loans and travelling exhibitions, attract support for capital improvements, and are viewed as a better risk by the fine arts insurance industry. Read the full press release here.

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April/May/June 2018 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 Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill, our educational partnership with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, new work by Dale Chihuly, and more! Don't receive our printed newsletter, or exhibition invitations? Join our mailing list today!

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Frolic of the Mind Opens

April 14 - August 5, 2018
Eldredge, Spratlen, Armstrong Galleries
Opening Reception: April 13, 5:30 PM

This special exhibition, organized by the Museum and curated by Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art, will trace Rose O'Neill's work in all media and will feature 150 works from a number of public and private collections including our own, the Huntington Library and Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bonniebrook Home and Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, among others. The exhibit will include illustrations, rarely seen paintings, drawings, archival documents, personal effects, and smaller sculpture. A fully illustrated catalogue will bring new research to the topic, featuring several guest essays.

Marcia Haseltine as Rose O'Neill

Public Program: Saving Rose O'Neill

April 13, 14, 7:30 PM; April 15, 2 PM
Museum Auditorium

Please join us for three performances of Marcia Haseltine's one-woman show, Saving Rose O'Neill. This two-act play written and starring Haseltine, under the direction of Robert Bradley, is produced by the Springfield Contemporary Theatre. Performances are free and open to the public.

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Award Winning Photographer Deborah Luster to Speak

April 3, 6 PM
Museum Auditorium

Deborah Luster, noted photographer, will present a public lecture about her creative work. The College of Arts and Letters and the Art + Design Department of Missouri State University is hosting this visiting artist as a part of the COAL Lecture Series.

Luster has received numerous awards for her photographic work including a 2018 Ford Foundation Art of Change fellowship, a 2016 Robert Gardner Fellowship from the Peabody Museum, and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, New Orleans Museum of Art, and other notable public and private collections. This event is free and open to the public.

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Free Pre-K Open Studio Sessions

Family Art Lab & Classrooms
Fridays, April 6 & 13, 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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Free Family Day: All School Exhibit

April 7, 10 AM - Noon
Lobby, Community Room, Museum Galleries

Join us for the final public program of the 2018 All School Exhibition. Family Days are designed to help kids and grown-ups explore the Museum’s exhibits together. This Family Day features hands-on activities and art-making focused on our current special exhibit, the All School Exhibition. This drop-in event is free and open to the public. Come out and make a connection to our collection.

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Take a Repousse Workshop

April 14, 1 - 4 PM
Museum Classroom

Learn the process of repousse, low-relief ornamental metal working, by creating your own hand-stitched art book and then crafting a decorative cover. This workshop is designed for ages 12 and up. This three hour workshop costs $50 and includes instruction and all materials.

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Ragtime and Whiskey at SMMA's Thomas Hart Benton Birthday Bash

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 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].

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Final Month For All School Exhibition

Closing April 29
Weisel & Kelly Galleries

Every year the Museum invites student artists from across our community, in kindergarten through twelfth grades, to exhibit outstanding artwork in the All School Exhibition. This is the final month to enjoy this collection of incredible works from talented young artists in local public, private, and parochial schools, as well as home school cooperatives. This well-loved show is the Museum's longest running exhibition offering. 

On View

  • All School Exhibition (closes April 29)
  • Art In Our City: Zone 2
  • Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill (opens April 13, 5:30 PM)
  • 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

  • Tuesday, April 3, 6 PM: Deborah Luster Lecture
  • Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Wednesday, April 4, 5:45 PM:  NAACP MLK Golden Gathering
  • Fridays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 9AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Fridays, April 6, 13, 10:30AM - Noon: Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
  • Saturday, April 7, 10 AM - Noon: Family Day
  • Friday, April 13, 5:30 PM: Frolic of the Mind Opens
  • Friday, April 13, 14, 7:30 PM curtain; April 15, 2 PM curtain: Saving Rose O'Neill
  • Saturday, April 14, 1 - 4 PM: Repousse Workshop
  • Friday, April 20, 6:30 PM: SMMA Presents Thomas Hart Benton Birthday Bash
  • Sunday, April 22, 2 - 4 PM:  Queen City Voices Spring Concert
  • Friday, April 27 - 29, Hours Vary:  Art In Bloom
  • Sunday, April 29, All Day: All School Exhibition 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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