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August at the Springfield Art Museum


4x4 logo and works by Jason Cytacki, Shawn Bitters, Dawn Holder, and Meghan Rowswell

4x4: 2018 Midwest Invitational Exhibition Opens

August 25 - November 18, 2018
Eldredge, Spratlen, & Armstrong Galleries
Opening Reception: August 24, 5:30 PM


The biennial Four by Four: Midwest Invitational Exhibition recognizes and encourages emerging contemporary artists working in all media who reside in the four-state region of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas.

This exhibit features a body of work by four artists – one from each state. This year's exhibition will include work by Shawn Bitters (Kansas), Jason Cytacki (Oklahoma), Dawn Holder (Arkansas), and Meghan Rowswell (Missouri). A juror of awards is selected on a rotating basis from one of the four states – this year’s juror is Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary in Oklahoma City. Scanlan is tasked with awarding a $3,000 cash prize to one artist for their body of work. 

This year's winner will be announced at the Opening Reception on Friday, August 24 from 5:30 to 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. A catalog of the exhibition will be available for purchase for $15 in Avant Art.

Asian Art wooden shrine with figure

New Asian Art On View

Ongoing Exhibition
Hartman Gallery

New work has rotated into our selection of objects from our Asian Art Collection in our Hartman Gallery. A wide range of objects from statues, to ceremonial staves, to ornamental roof tiles and shrines have been researched and installed by Museum Registrar Kyle Clymore. Rotating works on and off of view helps keep our displays fresh and relevant. There's always something new to see at YOUR Art Museum!

Alicia Farris' "Only Observing," a watercolor portrait in profile of an African American male in a baseball cap

Watercolor USA Public Program

Artist Talk: Alicia Farris
Thursday, August 16, 5:30 PM
Museum Galleries

Join noted local watercolorist Alicia Farris as she discusses her work, including Only Observing, currently on view in Watercolor USA 2018. Free and open to the public.

A patron viewing the title wall to Watercolor USA 2018

Final Month of Watercolor USA

Closing August 26

Don't miss your chance to see 82 of the very best watermedia works by American watercolorists, as judged by Kelly Kane, Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine. Now in its 57th year, this summertime staple and popular Springfield tradition highlights what's now and what's next in the world of American watermedia. An exhibition catalog, a complete record of the show, is available for purchase for $15 in Avant Art.

On View

  • Watercolor USA 2018 (Closes August 26)
  • 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 & Feather Chandelier - permanent
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesdays, August 8, 15, 22, 29, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Fridays, August 10, 17, 24, 31, 9:00 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Thursday, August 16, 5:30 PM: Watercolor USA Artist Talk: Alicia Farris
  • Friday, August 24, 5:30 PM: 4x4: 2018 Midwest Invitational Exhibition Opening Reception & Award Ceremony
  • Friday, August 24, All Day: Tickets to 99x: Cirque Americana On Sale
  • Sunday, August 26, 1 - 5 PM: Watercolor USA Closes

For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit www.sgfmuseum.org 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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