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December at the Springfield Art Museum

End of Year Giving identity

Consider a #GivingTuesday Gift to YOUR Art Museum

Tuesday, December 3, All Day

In 2019, the Museum served over 63,000 patrons, 8,500 of whom were children from over 32 local and surrounding rural school districts. We accomplish this without charging a single dollar in admission fees due to the generosity of donors like you! Help us reach even more patrons with a 100% tax-deductible #GivingTuesday End of Year gift to the fund of your choice: Art Acquisition, Collection Preservation, Exhibitions, Education, or our General Fund.

On December 3 only, #GivingTuesday donors who donate at the $25 level (and above) will receive a complimentary 37-page Watercolor USA 2019 color catalog - a complete record of this year's juried exhibition highlighting the very best in contemporary American watermedia - as an expression of our gratitude for supporting the important work that we are doing in our community. Thank you for your consideration of support! 

Anders Zorn Etchings identity

Anders Zorn: Etchings Opening Day

Saturday, December 7, 10 AM - 6 PM

Please join us for Opening Day activities for Anders Zorn: Etchings. This exhibition presents 95 etchings from the Museum’s permanent collection, showcasing the full collection of our Zorn etchings for the first time in 15 years. Zorn was one of the most well-known portraitists in France, England, and the United States at the end of the 19th century. This exhibition runs through March 8, 2020.

Opening Day Activities:

10 AM - 6 PM: Printmaking demonstration station and Holiday Market Pop-Up Sales

10:30 AM & 1:30 PM: Family printmaking activities

Opening Day activities are FREE and open to the public. Anders Zorn: Etchings is generously underwritten by Howard & Nadia Cavner.

Holiday Market Pop Up

Holiday Market Pop-Ups

December 6,7,8; 13,14,15; & 20,21,22, Public Hours

Shop and support YOUR Art Museum at one of three Holiday Markets Pop-Ups, beginning December 6 at 10 AM. This is your chance to get one-of-a-kind gifts including David Howell Jewelry, Fox & Chave scarves and accessories, Dale Chihuly and Nick Cave merchandise, jewelry and gift items by local artists, and Springfield Art Museum Holiday Bundles - all at special Holiday discounts! Proceeds from Pop-Up Markets benefit our Education & Exhibition Funds.

Slowing Viewing Night in Creating an American Identity

Slow Viewing Night: Susi Steinitz Ettinger

Thursday, December 5, 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 December, we will focus on Susi Steinitz Ettinger's Stick in Black and White, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. Meet in the Museum Lobby at 5:50 PM. Seating will be provided.

Enameling detail image from Rodo Padilla's sculpture, "Untitled."

Collection Connection Workshop: Enameling

Saturday, December 14, 10 AM - 12 PM

Join Museum Assistant Brian Fickett for an art-making workshop inspired by Rodo Padilla's sculpture Untitled, currently on view in Creating an American Identity. This workshop will allow students to familiarize themselves with the art of enameling (the ancient art of fusing glass to metal) while exploring color, shape, and pattern. Participants will use glass beads to create patterns on a prepared light switch plate, and fire them in a kiln.

These staff-led workshops inspired by select objects from our permanent collection feature gallery discussion, hands-on artmaking, 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 is required.

On View

  • Anders Zorn: Etchings 
  • 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

  • Saturday, December 7, 7 PM & Sunday, December 8, 2 PM: Men's Chorus of the Ozarks Presents - Songs for the Season  (Ticketed Event)
  • Wednesday, December 25, All Day: Closed for the Christmas Holiday

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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