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July at the Springfield Art Museum

Rendering of the Museum's 30 Year Master Plan with view from National Avenue

Another Record-Breaking Year!

The Museum is pleased to announce its third straight year of record-breaking attendance, welcoming 63,379 visitors since last July. Thank you all for making YOUR Art Museum a vibrant, relevant part of the community.

These attendance figures demonstrate consistent, day-to-day use of the Museum as a valuable educational resource. We are proud that our visitors are making real connections with our collection, in addition to all the exciting traveling exhibitions and community events happening at the Museum. We are excited to bring some of this record-breaking attention and energy to our surrounding amenities through the Museum's visionary 30 Year Master Plan.

Audrey Flack, "Fourth of July Still Life," 1975, serigraph on paper. Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence. Collection of the Springfield Art Museum.

Museum Closed for July 4th Holiday

Please note that the Museum will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will re-open Friday, July 5 at 10 AM. Please have a safe holiday!

Image Credit: Audrey Flack, Fourth of July Still Life, 1975, serigraph on paper. Kent Bicentennial Portfolio: Spirit of Independence. Collection of the Springfield Art Museum.

Nick Cave identity

Final Month of Nick Cave

Closing July 28

This is your final opportunity to spend time with 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. This exhibition features 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.

Final Guided Tours
Saturday, July 27, 11 AM, 2 PM (with ASL Interpretation!), and 5 PM

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

Nick Cave Soundsuit on view in the Eldredge Gallery with Patrons

Museum Acquires Soundsuit

The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of Nick Cave’s Soundsuit (2009), currently on display in Nick Cave through July 28. This Soundsuit provides a strong complement to the Museum’s extensive collection of textiles – both historic and contemporary. Additionally, this acquisition supports the Museum’s goal of acquiring works by artists who originate or work in the Midwest. When Nick Cave closes, the sculptural work will rotate into the Museum’s permanent collection exhibition, Creating an American Identity. Read our full Press Release for more information.

Watercolor USA 2019 identity

Watercolor USA Public Programs

Watercolor USA 2019 continues to wow audiences. Over 5,000 patrons have already viewed this exhibit, which continues until September 1. Don't miss these exciting public programs during July! Free and open to the public. 

Artist Talk: John Keeling
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 PM
Community Room

Join noted Kansas City watercolorist John Keeling as he discusses his work, including Loyal Duty, on view now in Watercolor USA 2019.

Slow Viewing Night: Debra Edgerton's Grace of God
Thursday, July 11, 6 PM
Kelly Gallery

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. In July, we will focus on Grace of God by Debra Edgerton, on view in Watercolor USA 2019. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

99x Myths and Monsters save the date

Sponsor 99x: Myths & Monsters Now!

Saturday, September 28, 6 - 7 PM Sponsor Hour; 7 - 9 PM General Admission

Join the revelry for 99x: Myths & Monsters, the fifth annual 99x (Times) Party, benefiting the Museum's Conservation and Preservation Fund. This event will transform YOUR Art Museum into an enchanted woodland of living art tableaux and performances - from the hottest local artists, tastemakers, and trendsetters - all inspired by Rose O’Neill’s mythical and fantastical creatures called "Sweet Monsters."

This year's event raises funds to restore 59 newly donated works in our collection by O'Neill for exhibition in 2022. A 2019 inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, O’Neill was a prolific artist, illustrator, inventor, author, bohemian, fashion icon, and suffragist with strong local ties. Please join us for this one-night only event voted "Best Interactive Art" in 417 Magazine! Creative cocktail attire encouraged. This event is intended for patrons 21+ Sponsors receive numerous benefits including access to the VIP Sponsor Hour courtesy of O'Reilly Hospitality Management and Macadoodles. #99Art

Kids wearing their version of "Soundsuits" created at the Museum

Final Summer Art Camps 

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.

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. 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 this year, select Pre-K options. For full session descriptions, or to sign up your art camper today, please visit our website.

input + output poster

Input + Output Art Critique Group

Saturday, July 13 & 27, 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. Free and open to the public. Follow Input + Output on Instagram @input_plus_output for up-to-date presenter information and opportunities.

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

Danielle Hartzler painting at her canvas

FOSAM ArtTalk: Danielle Hartzler

Thursday, July 25, 6:30 PM
Community Room

Please join the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and the Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild as they present "The Power of Repetition and Finding My Process," featuring local artist Danielle Hartzler. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, so please make reservations to Sandra Letson, (417) 496-1838 or [email protected].

Summer Shakespeare performance in the Museum's outdoor amphitheater

Summer Shakespeare: As You Like It

July 11-13, 18-20, 7 PM
Outdoor Amphitheater

The Actors Theatre of Missouri is proud to present William Shakespeare's As You Like It as part of their annual Shakespeare at the Columns series. This is the seventh annual production in association with the Museum. 

Seating begins at 6:30 PM. Performances are free and open to the public, but donations to the Actors Theatre of Missouri are gladly accepted to offset the cost of bringing free Shakespeare to Springfield. Bring the family, a picnic supper (or patronize our food truck partners), and some lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, the show will move to the indoor Auditorium.

Rendering of sculptural "stones" on the west Museum grounds

New Sculpture Installation

July 17-18, Installation (weather permitting)
On view July 19 through Summer 2020
Museum Grounds & Phelps Grove Park

The Museum is pleased to announce an expansive outdoor sculpture installation with Kansas City artist Shawn Bitters, in collaboration with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Burn Out, which was recently featured in Open Spaces Kansas City, will be installed on the Museum's grounds and in Phelps Grove Park on July 17-18 (weather permitting) and will remain on view for one year through a generous loan agreement with Bitters, who was a featured artist in the Museum's 2018 4x4: Midwest Invitational Exhibition

On View

  • Nick Cave (Closes July 28)
  • Watercolor USA 2019
  • 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 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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