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December at the Springfield Art Museum

El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking identity

Cuban Art Exhibition Opens

Eldredge, Spratlen, & Armstrong Galleries
December 8, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Opening Reception: December 7, 5:30 PM

Please join us on Friday, December 7 at 5:30 PM for the opening reception of El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking featuring over 70 prints by 33 Cuban artists who have all worked, at one time or another, at the Taller Experimental de Gráfica de Habana – the oldest, continuously running print workshop in Cuba. Free and open to the public. All exhibition text is presented in English and Spanish.

The Taller was established in 1962 by muralist Orlando Suarez with the help of Che Guevara, who was then Cuba’s Minister of Industry. From its inception, the workshop has focused on connecting artists with traditional printmaking techniques and fostering a dynamic artistic community based on the sharing and exchange of ideas, experimentation, and art criticism. This supportive community has allowed Cuban artists a relative freedom of expression, even amid the country’s larger political and cultural issues. It continues to be one of the most important workshops in Cuba. This exhibition is pulled entirely from the collection of Drs. Antonio and Luz Racela and will be on view through March 17, 2019.

*Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Christmas tree in Museum Lobby with chalkboard sign

Holiday Open House & Sale

Avant Art
December 1, 10 AM - 6 PM

Join us Saturday December 1 from 10 AM to 6 PM to shop our holiday sale and view the incredible work on display from local artists who live or work in City Council Zone 3 in the Art In Our City exhibition. Enjoy FREE hot cider and cookies and take home a gift bundle or discounted item to put under your, or a loved one's tree!

Make this holiday season an artful one with unique gift bundles and our largest discounts of the year on almost all products in Avant Art, through December 30, including 25% off Springfield Art Museum products, 20% off Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild and Chihuly products, plus David Howell earring sets, 10% off Art in Our City merchandise produced by local artists (excludes James Dale Catron bird sculptures), and BOGO deals on all exhibition catalogs and notecards. Available in-store only!

  • The Coffee Lover Bundle ($20) includes a Museum ceramic mug, a bag of Copper Canyon Springfield Art Museum Blend whole bean coffee, and two Anita’s Biscotti.
  • The Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild Bundle ($22) includes art-themed enamel pin set, sticky notes, and a Magnetic Personality doll. Choose from Frida Kahlo, Bob Ross, Vincent Van Gogh, and more!
  • The Writer Bundle ($14) includes a Museum journal and pencil & pen set.
  • The Chihuly Lover Bundle ($22 & $55) includes a three-piece Chihuly sketchbook set and a set of watercolor pencils. Upgrade your bundle by adding-on the beautiful Chihuly Drawings book to create your own Chihuly-inspired drawings.

*All proceeds from Avant Art benefit the Museum’s Education and Exhibitions Funds.

Don't forget to pick up Holiday Crossroads, a compilation of 19 tracks featuring some of Springfield, Missouri's finest musical entertainers. Produced by Mozark Sound Recorders and the City of Springfield, proceeds from the album benefit the City's ongoing Festival of Lights celebration. Listen or download the album, or purchase it in Avant Art. 

Decades: 90 Years of Collecting identity

Decades: 90 Years of Collecting Guided Tour

Weisel & Kelly Galleries
December 8, 11 AM

Join a scheduled guided group tour and explore highlights from the past 90 years of the collection. These tours interweave the Museum's grassroots history with what is to come. This is a great way to learn more about YOUR Art Museum through in-depth information exchange. Free and open to the public. You can request your own guided group tour through February 17, 2019, free of charge, by contacting Museum Assistant Shauna Smith at (417) 837-5700 or [email protected]. There is no minimum group number required to schedule a tour. Weekday and weekend tours are available. Tours generally last one hour.

Angel/Fairy Ornament

December Art Meet-Ups & Workshops

December offers many ways to express your creativity including Mixed Media Meet-Ups, One and Two-day Workshops and Pre-K Project Days! Meet-Ups and workshops are paid opportunities and require pre-registration.

Porcelain Jewelry Making (2-day Workshop)
December 1 & 8, 12 - 3 PM, ages 14+

Kids Giftmaking Workshop
December 8, 10:30 AM, ages 5+

Mixed Media Meet-Ups
Make Your Own Ornament
December 6, 5:30 PM, ages 18+

Pre-K Project Day
December 7, 10:30 AM - Noon

Project Days are a more structured, focused version of our Pre-K 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. 

Students display art made in Museum art classes

Winter Art Classes Enrolling Now

Enroll now for Winter Art Classes beginning January 22. The Museum offers structured 4 and 8 week art classes for Adults, Teens, and Kids including:

Acrylic Painting - Charcoal Drawing - Watercolor Painting - Mixed Media - Ceramics - Jewelry & Metalwork (Adult).

Ceramics (Teen) - Art & Story - Crazy for Clay - Sewing With a Twist (Kids).

On View

  • El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking (Opens Dec. 7 at 5:30 PM)
  • 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

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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