Exhibit Schedule 2015 - 2016

Upcoming Exhibitions

May 9 – November 8, 2015
Adolf Dehn: Landscapes

Kelly Gallery

 Adolf Dehn was born in Waterville, Minnesota in 1895. He attended the Minneapolis School of Art as well as the Art Students League of New York. He was an avid traveler and spent most of the 1920s in Europe, working almost exclusively as a lithographer. He later spent time in Haiti, Cuba, Mexico and throughout the United States.

Two primary themes run throughout his work – landscape and caricature. His caricatures often captured the essence of the Roaring 20’s including burlesque, the opera and the café scene; his most noted landscapes focused on Central Park in New York and the rolling hills of the Midwest. He painted primarily in watercolor but is perhaps most known for his skills in lithography.

This exhibit will focus on landscapes – in both watercolor and lithography – and ranging in location from New York to the Midwest.  The exhibit is pulled from the Museum’s extensive collection of work by the artist, a promised gift from the artist’s widow, Virginia Dehn.

May 16 – November 8, 2015
Susi Steinitz Ettinger: Ciphers and Glyphs
Reception: May 15, 5:30 –7:00 p.m.

Weisel Gallery

This exhibit will feature the work of Susi Steinitz Ettinger. Born in Berlin, Ettinger immigrated to the United States in 1939. After graduating college in Kentucky, she moved to New York where she became one of the first female lecturers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, she was a free-lance cartoonist; her cartoons were published in Colliers, The Saturday Review, Esquire and Judge. A job transfer for her husband brought her to Springfield, Missouri in 1964 where she became a professor at what was then Southwest Missouri State, eventually retiring from the university in 1984.

Ettinger’s work is hard to define; pulling from multiple styles, she has worked with a wide variety of media ranging from conté crayon drawings to collage. One commonality running throughout the work is the creation of ciphers and glyphs, Ettinger has invented her own personal symbolic language, pulled from Amerindian pictographs, Paleolithic and prehistoric cave markings and hybrid-izations of forms. She uses this personal language as a method of psychological exploration and release. Although no longer able to paint, she continues to create collage work with Photoshop. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

This exhibit will feature work borrowed from the artist, a number of private collectors as well as the Springfield Art Museum’s permanent collection. The artist will attend the opening reception.


June 6 – August 23, 2015|
Watercolor U.S.A. 2015

Reception: June 5, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Eldredge, Spratlen and Armstrong Galleries

 This is the 54th exhibition of Watercolor U.S.A., a national, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. The event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories and receives hundreds of entries annually. Works are judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum. The top award totals $3000 cash; approximately $40,000 in cash and merchandise awards are available. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event aims to attract the best in contemporary American watermedia and strives to exhibit work by artists who are pushing the boundaries of the medium.  A catalogue of the exhibition will be available.

Major support for Watercolor U.S.A.  has been provided by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates.


September 12, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power
Reception: September 11, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Eldredge, Spratlen and Armstrong Galleries

 Emerging in New York in the mid-1990s, Kara Walker has become one of the most successful and controversial artists working today.  Exploring the painful history of American race relations and its contemporary paradoxes, Walker transforms historical materials, literary sources and popular culture through a range of projects utilizing the silhouette as core imagery.

 This exhibition brings together 60 works from the collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation in a variety of mediums, from large-scale printmaking to metal sculpture, shadow puppetry, and film. The exhibit was curated by Jessi DiTillo, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

 This exhibition is intended for an adult audience.

 Related Program:

 October 22, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.:

“Kara Walker in Context”

Curlee Holton, Director of the David C. Drikell Center

November 21, 2015 – March 13, 2016
Watercolor NOW
Reception: November 20, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.|
Weisel and Kelly Galleries

This invitational exhibition, hosted every four years by the Springfield Art Museum, will feature work by current members of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society. WHS is an independently governed, not-for-profit organization formed in 1985 from a broad-based assemblage of inventive artists whose paintings had won awards in Watercolor U.S.A. or who had served as jurors to the exhibition. The mission of WHS is to focus national attention on the Springfield Art Museum as a repository for conserving, preserving, and collecting watercolor painting. The work presented in this exhibition represents the focus of the contemporary watermedia artists that comprise the diverse membership of WHS.

JJanuary 23 – April 17, 2016
The Electric Garden of our Minds: British/American Pop
Reception: January 22, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries

This exhibition is inspired by the comparison of Pop Art’s British roots and antecedents to its varied American counterparts. While artists from both countries were simultaneously united in their use of imagery pulled from popular culture (comic strips, advertisements, movies stars and pin-ups), British Pop artists were concerned with the intellectual nature of the appropriated imagery and its purposeful use towards highlighting and sublimating differences between high and low culture. American artists, on the other hand, were more concerned with process and material and somewhat indifferent to the potential implications of subject matter. Their use of pop culture imagery was nearly always related to the use of modern technological procedures such as the repetitive use of serigraphy and photo-transfer (Andy Warhol) or as a subversion of such, as seen in Lichtenstein’s replication of the printmaker’s Ben-day dots in oil paint.

The exhibition will include approximately 75 works ranging from Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N. portfolio to the full suite of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (serigraphs). The core of the exhibition is supported by works in the Museum’s permanent collection but will be supplemented with significant loans from public and private collections including work by Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann. A number of works are on loan from the Wes Cochran Collection.  

March 19 – May 8, 2016
Springfield All School Exhibition
Reception: March 18, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Private, Secondary schools); March 20 (Elementary schools)
Weisel, Kelly and Courtyard Galleries

The annual All School Exhibition will feature hundreds of artworks created by students from various Springfield parochial, private and public schools. Participants range in age from kindergarten to high school seniors. The exhibition provides a chance to recognize both the artistic talents of the students and the efforts of their teachers.
April 30 – October 16, 2016
String Theory: Textiles from the Permanent Collection
Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries

Humans have, over time, manipulated fibers into a variety of objects both functional and decorative: clothing, containers, bed coverings, and art objects, just to name a few. Cultures have produced these textile objects with vastly different appearances from the same construction techniques. This exhibit will explore some of the construction techniques used throughout time and across various cultures, by highlighting an assortment of pieces from the Springfield Art Museum’s permanent collection. A 17th century French tapestry will be displayed, along with quilts, clothing, and other textile related objects.

This exhibit is guest curated by Greta Russell, Registrar and Rachel Johnson, Museum Assistant.


June 4 – August 28, 2016
Watercolor U.S.A. 2016
Reception: June 3, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Weisel and Kelly Galleries

This is the 55th exhibition of Watercolor U.S.A., a nationally known, annual juried exhibition recognizing aqueous media painting. The event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event attracts thousands of visitors annually to the Museum and to Springfield to view the work of exhibitors. Approximately $40,000 in cash prizes are awarded by the Museum and the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society including top prizes in the amount of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,500.


Ongoing Exhibitions

Creating an American Identity
Musgrave Wing galleries

The Springfield Art Museum permanent collection contains over 9,000 works in nearly all media. The Museum has been collecting since its incorporation in 1928 with its very first work, an oil on masonite landscape by Philadelphia artist, Mary Butler. With this work, the Museum began collecting with a predominant focus on American art from the 18th century onward; however, over the years and due to the increasingly diverse patronage of the Museum, the collection has broadened to include a variety of work spanning multiple time periods and cultures.
When viewed together, the highly diverse works in these galleries all hearken back to a single theme – the forging of an American identity. Our history was built upon a foundation of plentiful land and the merging of multiple cultures. The works in these galleries represent a cross section of the collection with particular emphasis paid to the ways that these works reflect our country’s history as it developed its own very unique identity.
This exhibit includes major work by George Caleb Bingham, Asher B. Durand, Jackson Pollock, Grandma Moses, Robert Motherwell, Wayne Thiebaud, and Alison Saar.


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