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September at the Springfield Art Museum

99x Myths and Monsters collage

99x Tickets Selling Fast!

Saturday, September 28, 2019
6-7 PM Sponsor Hour; 7-9:30 PM General Admission
Advance General Admission Tickets $35
Sponsorships begin at $250

Join the revelry at the 2019 99 Times Party benefiting the Museum's Conservation & Preservation Fund. 99x: Myths & Monsters will feature 18 living art installations presenting modern takes on Rose O'Neill's mythical and fantastical "Sweet Monsters." Tickets begin at $35 and include complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, desserts, musical entertainment by The Violet Lockets, among many more roving performers and creature creations. Creative cocktail attire encouraged. Event intended for guests 21+ or call 417-837-5700 for tickets today!

Will and Hailey portrait

The Road I Call Home Opens

September 14, 2019 - February 23, 2020
Weisel & Kelly Galleries
Opening Reception: September 13, 5:30 PM

Please join us for the opening of a moving new exhibition of work focused on humanizing Springfield's community of individuals experiencing homelessness. Randy Bacon is a contemporary American photographer based in Springfield. He has an extensive history in portrait, commercial, and documentary photography. At the core of his work is the ability to present emotive visual stories of the people he photographs.

This exhibit presents 45 new portraits from the series The Road I Call Home featuring simple, direct, casual studio portraits of homeless individuals living in Springfield. These portraits emphasize the beauty, identity, and integrity of each person and is accompanied by a narrative, as told by the subject, sharing their personal story of homelessness. The goal of this project is to bring awareness to our homeless community and convey one simple message according to the artist – “That we’re all people and every single one of us matters.” Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Princess Out There photo

Princess Performance Art & Talk

Sunday, September 8, 2 PM

Please join us for performance art band Princess, who will be presenting their live performance/video project titled Out There, an immersive live music video sci-fi narrative. Using stop motion animation and archival photos, Out There explores the role men ought to be playing in the current cultural reckoning of misogyny. The power of the Divine Feminine is explored through collaborations with JD Samson, the band TEEN, and visual artist Jennifer Meridian.

Princess is a collaborative project of artists Alexis Gideon and Michael O’Neill and is based out of Pittsburgh, PA. "Out There" recently toured through 40 institutions across the U.S. including the New Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, and DePaul Art Museum. We are proud to welcome this one-day only performance. This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets/reservations are not required. The artists will participate in a Q & A session following their performance.

Group viewing Ubuhle Women

Slow Viewing Night: Ubuhle Women

Thursday, September 5, 6 PM
Armstrong 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 September, we will focus on The African Crucifixion, currently on display in Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

Art class students with their paintings

Fall Art Classes Begin

Fall Art Classes are set to begin on September 17. You can sign-up for classes in Painting, Drawing, Ceramics, Jewelry, Mixed-Media, Metal Working, and more by visiting our website. Sign your little artists up for American Exploration for Kids, Clay Studio, or Homeschool Art. Or Try your hand at a new art workshop like our Ubuhle-inspired beading workshop or a plein air workshop for either beginners or experienced artists. There are plenty of ways to get creative this fall at YOUR Art Museum!  

Pre-K students cut shapes out of paper

Pre-K Open Studios Return

Fridays, September 6, 13, 20, 10:30 AM - Noon
Family Art Lab & Classrooms

FREE Pre-K Open Studio Sessions resume in Fall 2019 thanks to ongoing generous grant funding from The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation. Bring your littlest artist to the Museum for some hands-on fun. This program helps build creativity and school readiness. You and your child can make your mark using a variety of tools and materials in an exploratory open-studio setting. These sessions are designed for kids ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Classes are free and open to the public; registration is required

input plus output poster

Input + Output Critique Group

Saturday, September 14, 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. Interested in submitting your work for Input + Output? Contact [email protected].

Jerry Hatch Drawing With metal photo

ArtTalk/Workshop: Jerry Hatch

Thursday, September 12, 5:30 PM
Community Room

Please join the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and the Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild as they present "Drawing With Metal II," featuring Jerry Hatch. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 30 participants, so please make your reservations to Sandra Letson at 417-496-1838 or [email protected] today!

On View

  • Watercolor USA 2019 (Closes September 1 at 5 PM)
  • Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home (Opens September 14)
  • Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
  • Art In Our City: Zone 4 
  • Creating An American Identity
  • Selections from our Asian Art Collection (Hartman Gallery)
  • Dale Chihuly: Autumn Persian & Feather Chandelier
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky

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