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July at the Springfield Art Museum

Patrons view Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill

Final Full Month of Frolic of the Mind

Closes August 5

This is the final full month of Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O'Neill. See 150 works from the mind of artist, inventor, illustrator, suffragist, author, and more, Rose O'Neill. This show features works from public and private collections across the country. See it now before it closes on August 5! Free and open to the public. Exhibition catalog available for purchase in Avant Art.

Watercolor USA artist John Fitzgibbon with his piece "Sisters"

Watercolor USA Public Program

Artist Talk: John Fitzgibbon
Thursday, July 26, 5:30 PM
Museum Galleries

Join John Fitzgibbon, a local Springfield artist, as he discusses his travels and their impact on his work, including his Watercolor USA Honor Society Award of Excellence winner, Sisters, currently on view in Watercolor USA 2018. Free and open to the public.

Summer Art Campers

Summer Art Camps Continue

There are still four exciting, art-filled sessions of Summer Art Camp left! 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. Please visit our website today for pricing and more info!

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

Enameled pendants

Enameled Pendant Workshops

Saturday, July 14, 12 - 2 PM Adults only; 3 - 5 PM ages 12 and up, $25 includes all materials
Museum Classrooms

Join Teaching Artist Lillian Fitzpatrick and experience the ancient process of fusing glass to metal while making an enameled pendant to give to someone special, or for keeps. The 12 - 2 PM workshop is designed for adults (ages 18 and up). The 3 - 5 PM workshop is designed for ages 12 and up. These two hour workshops cost $25 and include instruction and all materials.

99 Times Party logo featuring Ben Messick's "The White Face Clown"

Sponsor 99x (Times) Today!

Saturday, September 29, 6 - 7 PM Sponsor Hour; 7 - 9 PM General Admission

Join the revelry for 99x: Cirque Americana, this year's 99x (Times) Party, benefiting the Museum's Conservation and Preservation Fund. This event will transform YOUR Art Museum into a fantastical fairground of living art tableaux and magical performances inspired by classic American circus acts and attractions, in order to raise funds to restore works in our collection by noted Regionalist Ben Messick. Originally from Strafford, Messick earned his fame in Los Angeles as a sketch artist for Disney and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and as a painter of urban American street scenes. His circus drawings, paintings, and lithographs - particularly his clown studies - became his trademark work. Sponsors receive numerous benefits including access to the VIP Sponsor Hour courtesy of O'Reilly Hospitality Management and Macadoodles. Don't miss this three-ring ritz! Creative cocktail attire encouraged. #99xCirque

Kids Day at the Springfield Art Museum

Credit Unions For Community Kids Day

Saturday, July 21, 10 AM - Noon
Museum Galleries

Please join the Credit Unions For Community for a FREE Kids’ Day featuring hands-on gallery activities and art-making
for the whole family. This drop-in event is free and open to the public; however, please RSVP to Jason Dill at (417) 851-1408 or [email protected] by July 17 with the number of children attending and their ages.

Docent leading a student tour at the Springfield Art Museum

Become a Museum Docent

Docent Training Sessions 
August 7, 9, 14, 16, 10 AM - Noon

Museum docents are ambassadors for the Museum and lead interactive tours for children, adults, and groups of all kinds and interest levels. Docents volunteer as needed according to the tour schedule. We are looking for curious individuals who are interested in learning about and exploring art with other people. All potential docents must undergo a background check. Contact Sonya Wise or Joanie Meinhardt to join the docent training class today!

Neal Harrington's "Bacchus Blues."

Fresh Rotations

Beginning July 17, new works will be on view in Creating An American Identity, the semi-permanent, rotating exhibition of our permanent collection. New works by Neal Ambrose-Smith, Eric Fischl, Neal Harrington, Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Malone, and Donald Sultan will join the narrative of 18th Century American art to today, installed in the Musgrave Wing of the Museum. Rotating works of art on and off of view helps conserve our artwork - particularly works on paper - and keeps our collection fresh and relevant to our patrons. There's always something new to see at YOUR Art Museum!

Museum merchandise is on sale now!

July BOGO Sale in Avant Art

Head into Avant Art during the entire month of July for the Summer BOGO Sale! Celebrate the season with tons of buy one, get one at a discount sale items including:

  • Purchase any museum catalog and get another (equal or lesser value) 50% off
  • Purchase the Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O’Neill exhibition companion book and get the Through Rose Colored Glasses catalog 50% off
  • Purchase a Museum logo printed shirt, hat, or mug and get a Museum logo printed tote bag 50% off
  • Purchase a Museum logo mug and receive a complimentary cup of Copper Canyon Museum Blend coffee
  • Purchase any sketchbook and get a Museum logo printed pencil/pen tube set for $3.00
  • Enjoy 10% off from all Jewelry, Kid’s Art Kits, and Chihuly merchandise. 

On View

  • Watercolor USA 2018
  • Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious life of Rose O'Neill
  • 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
** See Julie Blackmon: Midwest Materials, a limited run pop-up exhibition, at 102 E. Central Ave. in Bentonville, Arkansas through July 28.

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, July 1, 2 PM: A Song For The Unsung, Men's Chorus of the Ozarks concert (Ticketed Event)
  • Wednesday, July 4, All Day: CLOSED for Independence Day Holiday
  • Fridays, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 9 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Wednesdays, July 11, 18, 25, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Saturday, July 14, Noon - 5 PM: Enameled Pendant Workshops (Ticketed Event)
  • Saturday, July 21, 10 AM - Noon: Credit Unions For Community Kids Day
  • Thursday, July 26, 5:30 PM: Watercolor USA Artist Talk: John Fitzgibbon
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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