Springfield Art Museum is dedicated to supporting the arts in the Ozarks. It was incorporated in 1928 as a volunteer-run museum that relies on community support. Located on the boundary of Phelps Grove Park, Springfield Art Museum has a large auditorium, new library, gift shop, and of course, exhibition galleries. Its permanent collection includes close to 9,000 art objects that span thousands of years. The museum’s collections include drawings, paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture. In addition to its exhibitions, the museum runs educational programs and events for children and adults.
The Springfield Art Museum is hosting a number of exciting exhibitions from both their permanent collection and from national exhibitions. Current exhibits include Roger Shimomura: Minidoka on My Mind; Roger Brown: Urban Traumas and Natural Disasters; and Prints U.S.A. 2011. Roger Shimomura is Distinguished Professor of Arts Emeritus at The University of Kansas. His work examines his family’s internment during WWII. Roger Brown was a member of the Chicago Imagists. His paintings explore the “tragic intersection” between natural and urban landscapes.
Prints U.S.A. is a national, competitive exhibition sponsored biennially by the Springfield Art Museum. Its goal is to encourage and recognize printmaking in the U.S. and its possessions. Elizabeth Wyckoff, Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at The Saint Louis Art Museum, is this year’s judge.
Upcoming exhibits for 2011-2012 from their permanent collection are:
- Song of Flowers. Song of Flowers will run December 3, 2011 – January 29, 2012 in the Weisel Gallery.
- Domestic Vacations: Photographs by Julie Blackmon. Domestic Vacations will run December 17, 2011 – February 12, 2012 in the Kelly Gallery.
- Series of Prints: From Callot to Warhol. Series of Prints will run December 10, 2011 – February 5, 2012 in the Thielen, Badgley, and SMMA Galleries.
In 2012, Springfield Art Museum will host these events:
- The Multicultural Exhibit will run selections from their permanent collection. Dates are January 14, 2012 – February 26, 2012.
- The Springfield All School Exhibition showcases young (K-12) artists to celebrate Youth Art Month and will run March 10, 2012 – April 15, 2012.
- Watercolor Now! Will be hosted by the Southwest Missouri Museum and showcases work byWatercolor U.S.A. Honor Society members. It will run May 5, 2012 – July 8, 2012.
- John Cavanaugh: Hammered Lead. John Cavanaugh is a sculptor who is considered to be “master of hammered lead.” The exhibit is scheduled for November 17, 2012 – January 13, 2013.
- MOAK 2012 is a four-state regional exhibition which encourages artists from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. MOAK will run November 17, 2012 – January 13, 2013.