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October at the Springfield Art Museum

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99x Cirque Americana logo featuring Messick clown painting

Biggest 99x Party To Date!

Thank you to all those who came out to support 99x: Cirque Americana on Saturday, September 29. We welcomed 461 guests and raised over $22,000 for the Museum's Collection Conservation & Preservation Fund. 

This money will go a long way to ensuring that the artwork of Ben Messick that we hold in trust for our community can continue to delight and educate audiences for the next 100 years! Event photo gallery and video will be coming to our social media soon. Until then, you can check out all of the stylist tableaux and circus posters in our event Look Book.

Art In Our City Zone 3 works

Art In Our City Rotates

Zone 2 exhibit closes October 14
Zone 3 exhibit opens October 20

On October 20, new work will rotate into Avant Art, our flexible social gallery that combines exhibitions, retail, and limited beverage and snack service. The Art In Our City special exhibition highlights local artists and the character of Springfield’s unique neighborhoods. The third six-month rotation of this exhibit features seven artists from four neighborhoods located in City Council Zone 3.
Congratulations to Madeline Brice, Steven Brown, Carl Glasemeyer, Josh Mayfield, Donna Rustin, Lauren Sukany, and Joel Wolverton who live or create in the Mark Twain, Phelps Grove, University Heights, and West Central neighborhoods. These artists’ works range from painting, to sculpture, to sketches, to digital prints, to mixed media, to manipulated photography and highlight the adage that “Creativity Lives Here.” Their work will show through March 17, 2019 when the exhibit will rotate to feature eleven new artists from seven different neighborhoods in City Council Zone 4. 

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4x4 Public Program: Curator's Tour

October 18, 5:30 PM
Museum Galleries

Please join Curator of Art Sarah Buhr as she leads a tour through our current special exhibit, the 4x4: 2018 Midwest Invitational Exhibition, featuring contemporary art installations from four artists representing the four-state region. Free and open to the public. 4x4 catalogs are now on sale in Avant Art for $15.

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New Fall Art Classes & Workshops

This Fall offers many ways to express your creativity at YOUR Art Museum. Fall Art Classes continue with several four-week sessions beginning in October. In addition, we are introducing new Mixed Media Meet-Ups, one-night crafting activities perfect for small groups or individuals. Due to popular demand, we are also hosting more one and two-day workshops.

Art Classes

Enameling/Beginning Small Metals

Tuesdays, October 16 – November 6, 1 – 3 PM, ages 14+
Mixed Media Explorations
Thursdays, October 18 – November 8, 1 – 3 PM, ages 12+

Mixed Media Meet-Ups

Whimsical Bird Collage October 4, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, ages 18+


Porcelain Jewelry
October 6 & 13, 12 – 3 PM, ages 14+

To find out more information, pricing, or to register please visit http://www.sgfmuseum.org/161/Art-Classes-Workshops or stop in to Avant Art today! 

Pre-K Days

Pre-K Open Studio Sessions & Project Days

Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
October 12, 19, 26, 10:30 AM - Noon
Pre-K Open Studio Sessions have returned after a summer hiatus and continue throughout Fall 2018 thanks to ongoing generous grant funding from The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation. Bring your littlest artist to the Museum on select Friday mornings between 10:30 AM and Noon for some hands-on fun. This program helps build creativity and school readiness by encouraging sensory exploration, discovery, social and emotional awareness, cognitive abilities, and fine motor skill development. Beyond that, they are just plain fun! You and your child can make your mark using a variety of tools and materials in an exploratory open-studio setting. These drop-in sessions are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Classes are free and open to the public; however, registration at www.sgfmuseum.org/163/Family-Learning is required.
Pre-K Project Day
October 5, 10:30 AM – Noon

Project Days are a more structured, focused version of our Open Studios. These classes begin with story time, followed by a teaching artist guided hands-on project designed to feed a youngster's imagination. Project Days cost $5 per participating child, and all materials are provided. Registration at www.sgfmuseum.org/163/Family-Learning is required. Project days are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. 

Chamber Music Concert

Fall Chamber Music Concert

October 21, 3 PM
Courtyard Gallery

Please join St.Mark's2 (St. Mark's Square) for an intimate afternoon of chamber music in the Museum's Courtyard Gallery. 

St. Mark’s Square is a string quartet featuring permanent chair musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra MO. The members of St. Mark’s have performed around the world, from Broadway to Carnegie Hall to concert stages abroad. The ensemble will offer a colorful program of music to celebrate Fall.

Due to generous grant funding from the Springfield Regional Arts Council, through Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Arts & Culture fund donors, this concert series is FREE and open to the public.

*Seating is limited. Please plan to arrive early or contact the Museum in advance if you require a seat. The concert may be standing room only.

Trick Art Treat

Trick Art Treat

October 27, 10 AM - Noon

Join us for a morning of family Halloween themed art projects, games, pumpkin decorating, spooky stories, and a costume contest! This drop-in event is free and fun for all ages. All activities associated with Trick Art Treat are free. BOO! (Costumes encouraged but not required).

*Please note that this is an arts and crafts event with a Halloween theme, there will be no candy exchange.

On View

  • 4x4: 2018 Midwest Invitational Exhibition
  • Decades: 90 Years of Collecting
  • Art In Our City: Zone 2 (Closes October 14)
  • Art In Our City: Zone 3 (Opens October 20)
  • 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

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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