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June at the Springfield Art Museum

Watercolor USA 2019 identity

Watercolor USA 2019 Opens

Weisel & Kelly Galleries
June 8 - September 1, 2019

Join us for the 58th annual showing of Watercolor USA, celebrating the very best in contemporary American watermedia. This year's exhibit features 90 works from 80 artists representing 34 states, as selected by juror Dean Mitchell. Realism, Traditional, and Innovation - it's all on view in Watercolor USA. This popular exhibition and Springfield summertime staple features a catalog on sale in Avant Art for $15. Free and open to the public.

2019 Dean Mitchell at the Watercolor USA 2018 Opening Reception

Watercolor USA Public Programs

Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 5:30 PM 
Museum Lobby

Watercolor USA 2019 opens with a reception on Friday, June 7 at 5:30 PM, generously sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA), who have long provided support for Watercolor USA. The reception is free and open to the public.

Fantastic Friday: Friday, June 28, 10 AM - Noon
Museum Galleries

Join the Springfield-Greene County Library District at the Museum as they present "Fantastic Fridays!" Browse the latest exhibits, engage in art-making, storytelling, writing activities, and more at this drop-in event. Make sure you bring your library card because the Mobile Library will be parked in the parking lot and open for business. Free and open to the public.

Slow Viewing Night at the Springfield Art Museum

Slow Viewing Night

Alison Saar's Lost Boys: Thursday, June 8, 6 PM
Musgrave Wing, SMMA Gallery

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 June, we will focus on Lost Boys by Alison Saar, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

Students with their art projects

Summer Art Camps Begin June 11

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

Art Camps are designed for kids ages 6 – 10, and 5 year-olds who have completed Kindergarten. All sessions run Tuesday through Friday. Half-day and full-day options are available, and sibling discounts apply.

*New this year, Art Apprenticeships for children ages 10 – 12. Also new the year, select Pre-K options. For full session descriptions, July sessions, or to sign up your art camper today, please visit our website.

Nick Cave guided tour

Nick Cave Public Program

Guided Tour: Tuesday, June 25, 11 AM
Eldredge, Spratlen, and Armstrong Galleries

Join Museum Assistant Shauna Smith for a guided tour through the current special exhibition Nick Cave. Tours generally last one hour and include a variety of activities. Guided tours are free and open to the public.

Join a scheduled guided tour or request your own guided group tour through July 28, 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.

input + output identity

Input + Output Feat. Clayton Frye

Saturday, June 8, 3 - 5 PM
Painting & Drawing Classroom

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. On June 8, local photographer and journalist Clayton Frye presents work for discussion. Free and open to the public.

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

On View

  • Watercolor USA 2019 (Opens June 7, 5:30 PM)
  • Nick Cave
  • 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

For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit our calendar at 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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