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January at the Springfield Art Museum

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Jan/Feb/March 2019 Newsletter

The latest issue of our newsletter is in the mail. However, if you just can't wait, you can always access it online at our website along with back issues. This issue features extended content including features on El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking, the Museum's 30 Year Master Plan, new acquisitions, 99x: Cirque Americana, and calls for artists and floral designers for Watercolor USA 2019 and Art In Bloom. Don't receive our printed newsletter or exhibition announcements? Join our mailing list today!

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Call For Artists: Watercolor USA 2019

Deadline to apply: February 27, 2019

Beginning January 4, the Museum seeks submissions for Watercolor USA 2019. The 58th annual juried exhibition of the very best in contemporary American watermedia is scheduled for June 8 - September 1, 2019. This exhibition is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories and will be judged by award-winning watercolor artist Dean Mitchell. Approximately $20,000 in cash and possible Museum purchase awards are available. Artists whose work pushes the boundaries of traditional aqueous media are encouraged to enter. For full information on entry rules and how to submit art work, please visit our website.

Patrons photographing a print on view in El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking

Cuban Print Collector to Speak

Saturday, January 12, 2:00 PM
Community Room

Please join us for a special Collector's Talk with Philip Laber, who assisted Drs. Antonio and Luz Racela with building their collection of over 70 prints by 33 Cuban artists who have all worked at the Taller Experimental de Grafica de Habana - the oldest, continuously operating print workshop in Cuba. Then enjoy a walk through the prints currently on view in El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking. This event is free and open to the public. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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

Final Full Month of Decades

Exhibition closes: February 17

This is the final full month to spend time with the 90 objects currently on view in our special 90th Anniversary special exhibition, Decades: 90 Years of Collecting. A wide range of objects are exhibited including paintings, prints, ceramics, textiles, furniture, and historical objects, which demonstrate the shifting trends, priorities, and diversity of the Museum’s permanent collection. Don't miss this incredible exhibition 90 years in the making. Join Museum Assistant Shauna Smith for an insightful guided tour of the exhibition, or view the Google 360 tour online.

Guided Decades Tours
Wednesday, January 9, 11:00 AM
Thursday, January 31, 5:00 PM

These tours are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

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Musgrave Wing Closes Temporarily

Exhibition closes: January 6; Re-opens: January 18

Creating an American Identity, the Museum’s semi-permanent rotating exhibition of our permanent collection will close on January 6 and remain closed for two weeks as our curatorial staff re-imagines and re-installs this exhibition that is focused on the ways in which artists respond to and reveal our cultural identity as Americans. The re-installation will include changes to gallery colors, physical layout, text panels, exhibition labels, as well as the selection of 75 works from as wide an array of artistic voices as possible with our current collection including even more works by women, people of color, Native Americans, and LGBTQ+ communities.
We encourage everyone to visit Creating an American Identity when it re-opens on January 18 as it grapples with many questions that we are struggling with as a nation today - mainly how we create and understand our cultural identity and history, while celebrating artists’ voices and the humanity behind the creation of each work. There is no singular or fixed American identity. American art and history is shaped by multiple perspectives, stories, and experiences, and as such, this exhibition aims to present a multiplicity of views within the wider context of historical moments.

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Winter Art Classes Begin January 22

Resolve to be more creative in the new year! Winter 2019 art classes begin January 22. We offer courses in Acrylic Painting, Charcoal Drawing, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Ceramics, and Jewelry/Metalwork (Adult); Ceramics (Teen); and Art & Story, Crazy for Clay, and Sewing with a Twist (Kids). Registering for classes is easier than ever before with our online payment option. Enroll online today or stop in Avant Art and create an artful new year for yourself or a loved one.

Pre-K student experiment with mark making activities

Pre-K Programming Resumes

Fridays, January 11, 18 & 25, 10:30 AM – Noon

Pre-K Open Studio Sessions return in 2019 thanks to ongoing generous grant funding from The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation. This program helps build creativity and school readiness by encouraging sensory exploration, discovery, social and emotional awareness, cognitive abilities, and fine motor skill development. These drop-in sessions are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Classes are free and open to the public; however, registration is required.

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Critique Group Seeks Submissions

Join Museum Assistant Rick Briggenhorst for Input + Output, a new local art critique group, happening on select Saturdays. View and respond to works presented by local artists and be a part of the growth of discourse around art centered in our community:

Saturday, January 12, 3:00 - 5:00 PM: Jesse Tyler & Meganne Rosen

Interested in submitting your work for Input + Output? Contact [email protected].

Members of St. Mark's 2 chamber music group perform in the Eldredge Gallery

Winter Chamber Music Concert

Thursday, January 17, 7:00 PM
Courtyard Gallery

Please join members of St. Mark's 2 (St. Mark's Square) for an intimate evening of chamber music in the Museum's Courtyard Gallery. St. Mark’s 2 is a string quartet featuring permanent chair musicians of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The members of St. Mark’s 2 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 Winter. Due to generous grant funding from the Springfield Regional Arts Council, through Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Arts & Culture fund donors, this concert 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.

On View

  • El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking
  • Decades: 90 Years of Collecting
  • Art In Our City: Zone 3 
  • Creating An American Identity (Closes Jan. 6; Re-opens Jan. 18)
  • 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

  • Tuesday, January 1, All Day: Closed for New Year's Day
  • Friday, January 4, All Day: Watercolor USA 2019 Call Opens
  • Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 9:00 AM: Tai Chi with Dee Ogilvy
  • Sunday, January 6, 5:00 PM: Creating an American Identity Closes
  • Wednesday, January 9, 11:00 AM: Decades Guided Tour
  • Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30, 8:30 AM: 1 Million Cups
  • Fridays, January 11, 18, 25, 10:30 AM - Noon: Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
  • Saturday, January 12, 2:00 PM: El Grabado: Contemporary Cuban Printmaking Collector's Talk
  • Saturday, January 12, 3:00 PM: Input + Output with Jesse Tyler & Meganne Rosen
  • Thursday, January 17, 7:00 PM: Winter Chamber Music Concert
  • Friday, January 18, 10:00 AM: Creating an American Identity Re-opens
  • Friday, January 18, All Day: Biz 417 Think Summit (Ticketed Event)
  • Saturday, January 19, 4:00 PM: Plotline Presents - Austin McConnell, Filmmaker & YouTuber
  • Tuesday, January 22, All Day: Winter Art Classes Begin
  • Thursday, January 31, 5:00 PM: Decades Guided Tour

For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit and don't forget to follow us on social media @sgfmuseum

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