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October at the Springfield Art Museum


99x Myths and Monsters collage

Largest 99x Party To Date!

Thank you to all those who came out to support 99x: Myths & Monsters on Saturday, September 28. We welcomed 541 guests and raised over $28,000 for the Museum's Collection Conservation & Preservation Fund. This money will go a long way to ensuring that the artwork of Rose O'Neill that we hold in trust for our community can continue to delight and educate audiences for the next 100 years! Event photo gallery and video will be coming to our social media soon. Until then, you can check out all of the stylist tableaux in our event Look Book.

Trick Art Treat activities at Springfield Art Museum

Trick Art Treat Returns

Saturday, October 26, 10 AM - Noon

Join us for a morning of family Halloween-themed art projects, games, pumpkin decorating, spooky stories, and a costume contest! This drop-in event is free and fun for all ages. All activities associated with Trick Art Treat are free. BOO! (Costumes encouraged but not required).

*Please note that this is an arts and crafts event with a Halloween theme, there will be no candy exchange.

Caregiver and child participate in pre-k open studio sessions

Pre-K Programs

Pre-K Project Day
Friday, October 4, 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
Fridays October 11, 18, 25, 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.

Museum Assistant Shauna Smith holding an ubuhle beadwork panel

Ubuhle Women Guided Tour

Saturday, October 5, 11 AM

Join Museum Assistant Shauna Smith for a guided tour through the current special exhibition, Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. This guided tour includes information about the historical use of beads, as well as governmental policies in South Africa to better understand the power and art of Ubuhle. Tours generally last one hour and include a variety of activities. Guided tours are free and open to the public.

You can request your own private guided group tour now through November 10, 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 guided tour. Weekday and weekend tours are available.

Patrons view Randy Bacon photography

Slow Viewing Night: Randy Bacon

Thursday, October 3, 6 PM
Weisel 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 October, we will focus on a portrait currently on display in Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

Two lava bomb sculptures for Shawn Bitters' "Burn Out" installation

Burn Out Walking Tours

Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 AM

Join Museum Assistant Rick Briggenhorst for a guided walk and discussion of the sculptural installation Burn Out by Kansas City artist Shawn Bitters, located on the Museum’s grounds and in Phelps Grove Park. The walk is approximately 1 mile in distance. Weather appropriate clothing encouraged. This sculpture installation is a collaboration between the Springfield Art Museum and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. It will remain on view until July 2020. Free and open to the public.

Ida Kohlmeyer's mixed media piece "Composite 90-4"

Collection Connection Workshop

Saturday, October 12, 10 AM

Join Museum Educator Kate Baird for an art-making workshop inspired by Ida Kohlmeyer's Composite 90-4, currently on view in Creating an American Identity.

These staff-led workshops inspired by select objects from our permanent collection feature gallery discussion, hands-on art-making, and experimentation with a variety of processes and materials used by artists. Our outstanding collection of over 10,000 objects belongs to you, the citizens of Springfield! Discover a new treasure each time and let it spark your next great idea, conversation, or creation. These workshops vary in price; all materials are included. Registration at www.sgfmuseum.org/161/Art-Classes-Workshops is required.

Chihuly pop-up merchandise sale

Chihuly Anniversary Pop-Up Sale

October 17 - 20, public hours of operation
Courtyard Gallery

Come celebrate the two-year anniversary of the installation of Chihuly’s Autumn Persian and Feather Chandelier in the Museum's Lobby with 10% off all Chihuly merchandise. Featured merchandise will also include Ubuhle Women jewelry, a selection of items from other collection artists including Nick Cave, as well as local artist merchandise. Fifty percent of all sales of select jewelry supports Ubuhle artisans living in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Aletha Jones' painting "The Open-Aire School of Painting," featuring a group of men painting outdoors

Plein Air Paint Out Day

Thursday October 24, 10 AM

Join Exhibitions Manager and Artist Cindy Quayle for a day of plein air painting with two options, for beginners and experienced artists, with the option to participate in a "Wet Canvas Show" at the end of the day. Full details and registration at: http://www.sgfmuseum.org/161/Art-Classes-Workshops. Questions to Cindy Quayle at [email protected].

input + output poster

Input + Output Critique Group

Saturday, October 12, 3 PM

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].

"Redbud Tree" by David Burt

FOSAM ArtTalk: David Burt

Thursday, October 24, 6:30 PM

Please join the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and the Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild as they present "Mind Film: Seeing With the Imagination," featuring visual artist David Burt, owner of David Burt Images. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations to Sandra Letson at (417) 496-1838 or [email protected]
Magnolia Soiree flyer

SMMA To Host Magnolia Soiree

Tuesday, November 5, 10:30 AM
White River Conference Center

Please join the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates for an elegant afternoon at the annual SMMA Fall Fashion Show. This year's event, the Magnolia Soiree, takes its inspiration from the Southern charm and the strong, independent, and civically minded women highlighted in the classic film Steel Magnolias.

Your $40 ticket includes valet parking, luncheon, wine, silent auction, and a fashion show featuring gracious styles from local boutiques. Proceeds benefit SMMA's support of 5th grade field trips to the Springfield Art Museum, Placeworks art projects in rural schools, art acquisitions, and more! Put your most fashionable foot forward with us, and join our efforts to support and promote art enrichment in southwest Missouri. To reserve your tickets today, contact the SMMA office at (417) 874-2869 or [email protected].

On View

  • Art In Our City: Zone 4 (Closes Oct. 23)
  • Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence
  • Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home 
  • Creating An American Identity
  • Selections from our Asian Art Collection (Hartman Gallery)
  • Dale Chihuly: Autumn Persian & Feather Chandelier
  • Anne Lindberg: tilted sky


For additional information, events, and educational programs please visit www.sgfmuseum.org 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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