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May at the Springfield Art Museum

Art In Bloom Fashion Show Model Alexis Clark

Art In Bloom Wows Crowds

Over 1,600 patrons visited the Museum on April 27, 28, and 29 for the Museum's first annual Art In Bloom. This special event featured 31 arrangements created by local floral designers inspired by works on view throughout our galleries. Proceeds from Art In Bloom's Preview Party and Floral Arranging and Mixed Media Workshops benefit the Museum's Art Acquisition Fund. This first-year event raised over $21,000. Congratulations to the Art In Bloom Prize Winners:

Audry McMannis fro Schaffitzel's Flowers
Ron Johnson for The Thicket
Pat Phillips AIFD for The Flower Merchant LTD

(Left) Audry McMannis, Schaffitzel's Flowers - $1,000 Best In Show. (Center) Ron Johnson, The Thicket - $500 Best Traditional Arrangement. (Right) Pat Phillips AIFD, The Flower Merchant LTD - $500 Best Creative Arrangement.

MFA Showcase Identity

MSU MFA Showcase Opens

May 4 - 20, 2018
Weisel & Kelly Galleries
Opening Reception: May 4, 5:30 PM

Please join us for the opening of the Missouri State University MFA Showcase, which runs from May 4 – 20 in the Weisel and Kelly Galleries. The exhibit includes ceramics, paintings, and mixed media work. This show is curated and installed by MFA students under the guidance of, and with the assistance of, the Museum’s curatorial staff. Returning exhibitors are Ainura Ashirova, Tawn Dickison, Shen Chen Hsieh, Xuehua Jin, My Que Luu, Carla Stine, and Jennifer Rose Wolken. New exhibitors this year include Vladan Djordjevic and Neal Polallis. The MFA Showcase will also serve as a “thesis exhibition” for Stine, who will be exhibiting a body of work as a part of her graduation requirements. This will include collages, etchings, mixed media works - using bone, bark, and snake skin - and a digital interactive component. 

Public Program: Carla Stine - Artist Talk
May 17, 5:30 PM, Weisel & Kelly Galleries

Summer Campers

Summer Art Camps Enrolling Now

Each summer, the Museum’s classrooms and grounds come alive with the energy and excitement of art campers who are exploring the Museum’s exhibits through observation, drawing, creative writing, movement, and other innovative gallery activities. At Art Camp, kids experiment with a variety of materials, techniques, and ideas to create an unforgettable summer experience.

Art Camps are designed for kids ages 6 – 10, and 5 year-olds who have completed Kindergarten. All sessions run Tuesday through Friday. Half-day and full-day options are available, and sibling discounts apply.

Myths and Fairy Tales, June 26 – 29
Artists and Muses, July 10 – 13
Art Phenomena, July 17 – 20
The Wide World of Art, July 24 – 27
BioArt Adventures,
 July 30 – August 3

Morning sessions run from 9 AM – Noon. Afternoon sessions run from 1 PM – 4 PM. Half-day sessions cost $65 and include 12 hours of camp (4 days), all materials, and snacks. Full-Day sessions run from 9 AM – 4 PM and cost $130, including 28 hours of camp (4 days), all materials, and snacks. Full-day campers bring a sack lunch and stay at Art Camp during the lunch hour. For full session descriptions, or to sign up your art camper today, please visit our website today!

Pre-K Studio Participants

Final Spring 2018 Pre-K Sessions

Family Art Lab & Classrooms
Fridays, May 4, 11 & 18, 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. Pre-K Open Studio Sessions will resume in Fall 2018!

Frolic of the Mind Identity

Frolic of the Mind Public Program: Curator's Talk

May 10, 5:30 P.M.
New Wing Galleries

Please join Sarah Buhr, Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museum as she discusses the life and many creative pursuits of Rose O'Neill, and the over four year process of researching and organizing this special exhibition which includes significant loans from public and private collections across the country. Free and open to the public.

Joe Pyles and Janet Ellison Present Sponsor Recognition

SMMA Hosts Successful Birthday Bash

The Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA) raised over $16,000 at the Thomas Hart Benton Birthday Bash Friday on April 20. SMMA President Janet Ellison said the revenue from the event benefits Springfield and area fifth graders who come to the Springfield Art Museum as a school trip. SMMA provides funds for transportation for the children who attend field trips every fall. SMMA began 92 years ago as "The Art Study Club," a group of Springfield women who founded the Museum and later deeded it to the city.
The program held in the Museum's Auditorium was presented by Gary Ellison, Missouri’s Official Ragtime Piano Player. The show combined the art of Missouri artist Thomas Hart Benton with the stories and songs that inspired many of his paintings. Ellison explained that Benton’s subject were popular and folk songs. Ellison told the stories behind projections of the paintings and performed the songs on piano and guitar.
SMMA wishes to thank Presenting Sponsors, Bob & Sarah Heil; Gold Sponsors, The Bee Payne Stewart Foundation, The Musgrave Foundation, Positronic Industries, Jon Wessel at Don Wessel Honda, Dr. Tom Prater at Mattax Neu Prater Eye Center, and the Potpourri Art Group; Silver Sponsors, Nippes & Associates, Karla Wilkerson at Old #3 Firehouse, and John &Sonya Wise; Bronze Sponsors Joe & Carol Pyles, Art Nouveau Art Group, Larry & Margie Basrbato, Jim & Mary Hamilton, Tom & Stephanie O’Neal, Joan Menchetti, Pat Kimball, Schaffitzel’s Greenhouses, Amy Moore at Moore’s Insurance Agency, BancorpSouth, Eclectics Art Group, Cameo Art Group, the Marshfield Art Group, Missouri Spirits, and Heim, Young & Associates.

Artwork by Hing Wah Hatch

Hing Wah Hatch Demonstrates Applied Chinese Brush Strokes

May 31, 6 PM 
Community Room 

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and the Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild are partnering to host an ArtTalk featuring Hing Wah Hatch. Applied Chinese Brush Strokes will feature an artist talk and will also the include the return of the popular workshop component, where you can try out brush techniques with Hatch’s expert guidance. Hatch has taught drawing at Missouri State University and Drury University, and has been leading Chinese brushstroke workshops for all ages since the 1990s. These ArtTalks are free and open to the public and all materials are provided, but space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot by contacting Sandra Letson at [email protected] or (417) 869-7812.

On View

  • Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill
  • MSU MFA Showcase (Opens May 4, 5:30 PM)
  • Art In Our City: Zone 2
  • 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

  • Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 9AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Fridays, May 4, 11, 18, 10:30AM - Noon: Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
  • Friday, May 4, 5:30 PM: MSU MFA Showcase Opens
  • Saturday, May 5, 5:00 - 9:00 PM: Grupo Latinoamericano Presents Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
  • Thursday, May 10, 5:30 PM: Frolic of the Mind Curator's Talk
  • Thursday, May 17, 5:30 PM: MSU MFA Showcase Artist Talk
  • Sunday, May 20, 5:00 PM: MSU MFA Showcase Closes
  • Thursday, May 31, 6:00 PM: ArtTalk - Hing Wah Hatch
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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