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November at the Springfield Art Museum

Patrons view beadwork panels in Museum galleries

Ubuhle Women Closes

Closes Sunday, Nov. 10 at 5 PM

This is your final chance to spend time with the incredible beadwork panels in Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, a traveling exhibition which presents a spectacular overview of a new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC, in cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads, and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC. This exhibition is underwritten in part by the Edward F. Hilbruner Irrevocable Trust and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. Additional support is generously provided by Barbara J. Benway and Rob & Sally Baird.

Public Programs:

Guided Tours: Nov. 5, 11 AM & Nov. 9, 10 AM & 1 PM

Ubuhle Women Pop-Up Merchandise Sale: Nov. 8 - 10, Public Hours
It’s your last chance to purchase Ubuhle Women jewelry and your first chance to preview holiday gift ideas before the Museum’s Holiday Market. Fifty percent of all sales of select beaded jewelry items supports Ubuhle artisans living in rural South Africa.

Randy Bacon poses with the subject of one of his portraits in the exhibition "The Road I Call Home"

The Road I Call Home 

Through Feb. 23, 2020

November is Homelessness Awareness Month and there are a number of public programs throughout the month that coincide with our current special photography exhibition, Randy Bacon: The Road I Call Home.

The Museum is a collection site for cold weather items throughout the run of this exhibition, so please consider making a donation of lip balm, hand warmers, warm socks, scarves, hats, or coats in the Museum Lobby.

Public Programs:

Homelessness Awareness Month Press Conference: Nov. 1, 9:30 AM

Community Listening Session: Nov. 7, 5:30 PM to be immediately follow by:

Artist Talk: Nov. 7, 6:30 PM

Community Partnership of the Ozarks Advocacy Awards: Nov. 22, 6 PM

Anders Zorn Etchings identity

Anders Zorn Etchings Opens

Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 AM

At the end of the 19th century, Anders Leonard Zorn (1860-1920) was one of the most well-known portraitists in France, England, and the United States. His talent, and knack for meeting the right people, led him to paint portraits of international celebrities including three U.S. Presidents, Swedish royalty, American railroad tycoons, and renowned artists. Born in Sweden, Zorn traveled extensively to places such as Paris, America, Cuba, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, and the North Pole.

This exhibition will present 95 etchings from the Museum’s permanent collection, showcasing the full collection for the first time in many years. Anders Zorn: Etchings is generously underwritten by Howard & Nadia Cavner. This exhibition runs through March 8, 2020.

*This exhibition opens November 30, 2019 at 10 AM; however, due to the proximity of the opening to the Thanksgiving holiday, we will celebrate the Opening Day activities on December 7, 2019.

Public Programs:

Opening Day:
Dec. 7, 10 AM - 6 PM

10 AM - 6 PM: Holiday Market Pop-Up Sales

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM: Family Printmaking Activities

Patrons engage in slow viewing activities in our galleries

Slow Viewing Night: Creating an American Identity

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 PM

Spend one hour with one work of art once a month at our new Slow Viewing Nights.
Slow Viewing Nights are a practice of collaborative interpretation. Each month we 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.

In November, we will focus on Neal Ambrose-Smith's If the Shingles Could Speak, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

Printmaking tools

Collection Connection Workshop: Stonecut Printmaking

Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 AM

Join Museum Assistant Rick Briggenhorst for a printmaking workshop inspired by Nawpachee Pootoogook's Ball Game, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. This workshop is an exploration of materials and techniques popularized by Canadian Inuit artists working in Cape Dorset. The workshop will provide the instruction to create your very own “stonecut,” a form of relief printmaking that is still being today by artists residing in Cape Dorset. This is a paid workshop; All materials are included. Registration is required.

Caregiver and children work on an art project in a Museum classroom

Pre-K Programs

Pre-K Project Day
Friday, Nov. 1, 10:30 AM

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 Nov. 8, 15, 22, 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.

Artist Shawn Bitters working in the studio

Shawn Bitters Artist Talk & Walk

Saturday, Nov. 23, 1 PM

Please join Kansas City-based artist Shawn Bitters as he leads a walking tour through his current sculpture installation Burn Out, located on the Museum's grounds and in nearby Phelps Grove Park, while sharing his artistic process and inspiration for the creation of the work. *Walk is approximately 1 mile in distance. Weather appropriate clothing encouraged. Free and open to the public. 

input + output identity

Input + Output Art Critique Group

Saturdays, Nov. 9 & 23, 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]. Presenters TBA.

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SMMA Hosts Magnolia Soiree

Tuesday, Nov. 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].

Dr. Janet Jordan sculpting a figure of an elephant.

FOSAM ArtTalk with Dr. Janet Jordan

Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 PM

Please join the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM) and the Studio 55 Arts Guild as they present an ArtTalk, "Sculpting Life’s Lessons," featuring the sculptural works of Dr. Janet Jordan. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations to Sandra Letson at (417) 496-1838 or [email protected].

A local emergency physician, Janet Jordan has been sculpting for 13 years. Her presentation will discuss the process of sculpting in oil-based clay, from conception to foundry. Hands-on examples of each step will be provided along with display of several of her completed bronze pieces, clay works-in-progress, silicone molds, and wax reproductions.

On View

  • Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence (Closes Nov. 10)
  • Anders Zorn: Etchings (Opens Nov. 30)
  • 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

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, Nov. 28, All Day: Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

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