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November at the Springfield Art Museum

Conceptual drawing from the Museum's Master Plan; Museum facade facing National Avenue

Museum Master Plan Lunch & Learns

November 2 & 13, 12-1 PM 
Community Room

The Museum has received considerable media and public attention on our new visionary Master Plan, which re-envisions how the Museum and its grounds will serve our community into our next 90 years of service. Want to know more? Please join Museum Director Nick Nelson for a lunch and learn informational session. Hear all about the development of the plan and ask your questions about its potential impact. Bring a brown bag lunch. The Museum will provide coffee/tea service. Free and open to the public.

4x4 exhibition featured artists

Final Month For 4x4

Closes November 18, 5 PM
New Wing Galleries

This is the final month to spend time with the contemporary art installations included in the 4x4: 2018 Midwest Invitation Exhibition. This exhibit features works from four artists representing the four-state region. 4x4 catalogs, a complete record of the show, are available for purchase in Avant Art for $15.

Soft Sculpture Workshop with Meghan Rowswell
November 3, 10 AM
$45, Ticketed Event

Meghan will give a two hour workshop on the different techniques and patterns that can be used to create exciting three dimensional forms with fabric. Students will be introduced to different types of textiles, stiffening practices, and armature construction, as well as given the opportunity to create their own small sculptures.

Artist Panel
November 18, 2 PM
Community Room

Join us for an in-depth conversation with Shawn Bitters (Kansas), Jason Cytacki (Oklahoma), Dawn Holder (Arkansas), and Meghan Rowswell (Missouri) and our Curator of Art Sarah Buhr. Free and open to the public.

Patrons enjoy works on view in Decades: 90 Years of Collecting

Decades Public Program:
Curator's Tour

November 1, 5:30 PM
Weisel & Kelly Galleries

Please join Curator of Art Sarah Buhr, as she leads an informative and enriching tour through Decades: 90 Years of Collecting, our 90th Anniversary special exhibition tracing the history and growth of the Museum’s permanent collection beginning with the initial acquisition in 1928. Ninety wide- ranging objects are exhibited including paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and historical objects, among many others. Free and open to the public.

Pre-K kids and adults create art work at Open Studio Sessions

Pre-K Open Studios & Project Days

Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
November 9, 16, 30, 10:30 AM - Noon
Pre-K Open Studio Sessions continue through November 30 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. Open Studios will resume in 2019!
Pre-K Project Day
November 2, 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. 

Hand-Lettered initial, the letter "S" on a green background with floral elements

Fall Art Meet-Ups and Workshops

November offers many ways to express your creativity at YOUR Art Museum, including 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.

Mixed Media Meet-Ups
Hand-Lettering November 1, 5:30-7:30 PM, ages 18+

Family Art Workshop: Gift-Making November 24, 10 AM-12 PM

Porcelain Jewelry - Register NOW! December 1 & 8, 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! 

SMMA Fall Fashion Show flyer featuring colorful parrot

SMMA Holds On To Summer With MargaritaDaze

November 6, 10:30 AM
White River Conference Center

Don't miss a stylish afternoon at the annual SMMA Fall Fashion Show. This year's event, MargaritaDaze, features a beachy theme inspired by the music of Jimmy Buffett. Proceeds benefit SMMA's support of 5th grade field trips to the Museum, Placeworks teaching artist residencies in rural schools, art acquisitions, and more! Plan to put your most fashionable foot forward with SMMA and join their efforts to support and promote art enrichment in southwest Missouri.

Your $40 ticket includes valet parking, silent auction, tropical luncheon, wine and margaritas, fashion show, and musical entertainment. Contact the SMMA office at (417) 874-2869 or [email protected] for more info or to make your reservation today!

On View

  • 4x4: 2018 Midwest Invitational Exhibition (Through November 18)
  • Decades: 90 Years of Collecting
  • Art In Our City: Zone 3 
  • 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

  • Fridays, November 2, 9, 16, 30 9:00 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 28 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Saturday, November 17, 7:30 PM & Sunday, November 18, 3:30 PM: Missouri State University Opera Theater & The Messiah Project Present - Menotti's Amahl and Night Visitors & Conte's Gift of the Magi (Ticketed Event)
  • Thursday, November 22, All Day: Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

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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