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Nick Cave, Art In Bloom, and More in April
at the Springfield Art Museum

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Nick Cave Exhibition Opens

April 6 - July 28, 2019
Eldredge, Spratlen, and Armstrong Galleries
Opening Reception: April 5, 5:30 PM

Please join us for the opening reception for the special exhibition Nick Cave. Nick Cave is a multi-disciplinary artist working between the visual and performing arts through a wide range of mediums including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance. He is well known for the Soundsuits series, sculptural forms based on the scale of his body. This exhibition will feature a focused selection of  Soundsuits, pulled from both private collections and the artist, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, as well as an example from the Tondo series, and the video work Drive-By. Funding for this exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council, a State Agency.

Public Programs

Family Day:
 Friday, April 13, 10 AM - 12 PM

Responsive Dance Performances: Thursday, May 2, 7:30 PM
Featuring the Springfield Ballet, Springfield Dance Alliance, and Missouri State University's Dance Company

Guided Tours:
Thursday, April 18, 6 PM
Saturday, May 4, 11 AM
Thursday, May 30, 6 PM
Tuesday, June 25, 11 AM
Saturday, July 11 AM; 2 PM; 5 PM

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Art In Bloom Blossoms Soon

On April 25 - 28, our second annual Art In Bloom takes center stage at the Museum. You won’t want to miss this four-day festival celebrating fine art and fantastic floral displays. At Art In Bloom, you will see incredible floral creations from florists and floral designers throughout southwest Missouri that interpret the artwork on view in our galleries.

Art In Bloom includes prize categories for featured florists, a Family Fun Night, an incredible opening night soiree with a nature-inspired runway show, small bites, beverages, and live music, floral arranging workshops, still life painting activities, and more! Proceeds from Art In Bloom events benefit the Museum's Art Acquisition Fund, strengthening our ability to attract new audiences through the addition of high-profile art to our permanent collection. Join us for this one-of-a-kind event inspired by spring!

FREE Family Fun Night: Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4 - 8 PM
Kick-off the Art In Bloom festival with this brand new family-friendly event centered on outdoor activities. Make wildflower seed bombs, meet the Princesses of the 417, enjoy activities from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, purchase food from the Queen City Wine Dive pop-up diner and much more! Free and open to the public. *Arrangements not on view until the April 26th Preview Party.

Preview Party: Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:30 - 9 PM
Preview Party Tickets $25; $35 at the door
Sponsorships Still Available beginning at $100

Floral Arranging Workshop: Saturday, April 27, 2019, 2 - 4 PM
Workshop Tickets $50, fee includes all materials, small bites & beverages. 
Taught by Kim Hardin, Mear's Floral Products. Materials courtesy of Mear's Floral Products.
Only 24 Seats Left!

Floral Still Life Painting Workshop: Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2 - 4 PM
Workshop Tickets $50, fee includes all materials, small bites & beverages.
Taught by Madeline Brice, Teaching Artist
Only 16 Seats Left!

Purchase tickets for any of these paid events by visiting the event website, by calling (417) 874-2859, or by visiting Avant Art, located inside the Museum.

*Public hours with FREE admission: Saturday, April 27, 10 AM - 6 PM & Sunday, April 28, 1 - 5 PM.

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April/May/June 2019 Newsletter

The latest edition 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 expanded content, including a spotlight on Nick Cave, Art In Our City Zone 4, Art In Bloom, new acquisitions, and more! Don't receive our printed newsletter, or exhibition invitations? Join our mailing list today!

The Divine Fox by S.L. Dickey

New Slow Viewing Nights

April 4, 6:00 PM

Spend one hour with one work of art once a month at our new Slow Viewing Nights. The Museum believes art is for everyone and interpretation is a practice anyone can do. Slow Viewing Nights are a practice of collaborative interpretation. Each month we will gather in front of an art piece for an hour and build a collective understanding of the work through sharing our observations, questions, and suggestions. This activity is designed for anyone who wishes to spend more time with art, desires to participate in a curious learning environment, wants to move deeper into understanding all that art has to offer, or simply desires to slow down. Together we can accomplish this – one work of art at a time.

In April, we will focus on "The Divine Fox" by S.L. Dickey, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

All School Exhibition Identity

All School Exhibition Closing Soon

Closing April 28
Weisel & Kelly Galleries

Every year, the Museum invites student artists from across our community, in kindergarten through twelfth grades, to exhibit outstanding artwork in the All School Exhibition. This is the final month to enjoy this collection of incredible works from talented young artists in local public, private, and parochial schools, as well as home school cooperatives. This well-loved show is the Museum's longest running exhibition offering. 

Guided Tours
Available Upon Request

Request your own guided group tour through April 28, free of charge, by contacting Museum Educator Kate Baird 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 and may include a variety of activities, including art-making

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Pre-K Programs

Pre-K Project Day
April 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 guided hands-on project designed to feed a youngster's imagination. Project Days cost $5 per participating child, and all materials are provided. Registration is required. Project days are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. 

Pre-K Open Studio Sessions
April 12 & 19, 10:30 AM - Noon
Pre-K Open Studio Sessions continue 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. 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.

Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp Enrolling

Each summer, the Museum’s classrooms and grounds come alive with the energy and excitement of art campers who are exploring the Museum’s exhibits through observation, drawing, creative writing, movement, and other innovative gallery activities. In turn, art campers create their own portfolios of amazing artwork inspired by the works on view, their gallery activities, and the unique theme of each summer camp session.

Nature: June 11 – 14
Magic: June 18 – 21
Journey: July 16 – 19
Story: July 23 – 26
Creatures: July 30 – August 2

Art Camps are designed for kids ages 6 – 10, and 5 year-olds who have completed Kindergarten. New this year, Art Apprenticeships for children ages 10 – 12. All sessions run Tuesday through Friday. Half-day and full-day options are available, and sibling discounts apply. For full session descriptions, or to sign up your art camper today, please visit our website.

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Input + Output Art Critique Group

April 13 & 27, 3:00 PM: Artists TBA

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


SMMA Hosts Thomas Hart Benton Birthday Bash

April 6, 6:30 PM
Tickets $40; Sponsorships available

Please join the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates for their second annual Thomas Hart Benton Birthday Bash! This event provides a foot stompin' , rollickin' good time as Missouri's Official Ragtime Piano Player, Gary Ellison & Big Smith's Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Wolf perform Saturday Night at Tom Benton's - a jam session that you don't want to miss! Your $40 ticket includes heavy hors d'oeuvre, wine, musical entertainment, birthday cake, and a whiskey toast to Thomas Hart Benton, easily one of Missouri's most recognized artists and an important Regionalist painter. Proceeds benefit SMMA's support of 5th grade field trips to the Springfield Art Museum!
Sponsorships available, please contact Leslie Janzen in the SMMA Office for details: (417) 874-2869 or [email protected].

On View

  • Nick Cave (Opens April 5, 5:30 PM)
  • All School Exhibition (Closes April 28)
  • Art In Our City: Zone 4 
  • Creating An American Identity
  • Selections from our Asian Art Collection (Hartman Gallery) - rotating semi-permanent installation
  • Dale Chihuly: Autumn Persian & Feather Chandelier - permanent
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky - permanent

As Always, Admission to the Springfield Art Museum is FREE. Join Us Today at YOUR Art Museum!

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