Exhibit Schedule 2016

Upcoming Exhibitions


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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