Exhibit Schedule 2014

Upcoming Exhibitions

February 1 – June 22, 2014

Hooves, Tails and Claws: Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America

Reception: January 31, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Hosted by FoSAM.

Gallery talk: February 1, 2:00 p.m. Given by Julie Dunn-Morton, Curator of Fine Arts, St. Louis Mercantile Library

Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries


Following the success of his Birds of America, John James Audubon began to gather material for an equally ambitious project to document the animal life of North America. The result of the artist-naturalist’s years of research and field study was the Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. Created in collaboration with the Reverend John Bachman of Charleston, South Carolina, who wrote much of the scientific text, this outstanding work is still considered some of the finest animal prints published in America and is a superb example of color lithography. Audubon’s sons were also instrumental in the completion of this portfolio and John Woodhouse is credited for many of the later plates as his father’s health declined during the completion of the project..

This exhibit presents a selection of prints from the portfolio, on loan from the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Of particular interest will be the pairing of the Museum’s own original oil on canvas of Richardson’s Meadow Mouse, completed by Audubon’s son, John Woodhouse, with the color lithograph of the same. Visitors will also be able to compare and contrast two trial proofs from the Birds of America portfolio to discover the changes that were made as the work was finalized for public distribution.

Julie Dunn-Morton, Curator of Fine Arts at the St. Louis Mercantile Library will give a gallery talk about Audubon and this amazing portfolio on February 1 at 2:00 p.m.


February 15 – May 25, 2014
Art Crusader: The Enduring Legacy of Deborah D. Weisel

East Hallway


The Springfield Art Museum constitutes the cultural nucleus of southwest Missouri. While many museums begin seemingly all at once with a full collection of art and a large endowment, Springfield Art Museum was a public, grass-roots effort from the very start and a work in progress for years. It was the brainchild of a single woman, Deborah D. Weisel, who dedicated herself to fostering a lasting appreciation of art and culture in Springfield until her death in 1950. Deborah Weisel’s legacy, though enduring, is virtually unknown.

This exhibit will bring light to Deborah's extraordinary career and passion for art education, starting with her upbringing in Doylestown, PA and with an emphasis on her three decades of dedicated work in Springfield, MO. While there are many facets to her life, the primary ones explored here will be her expansion of the Art Department at what is now Missouri State University, her strategic development of the Springfield Art Museum and efforts to ensure its longevity, and her vocal advocacy for city planning and green space. Some of Deborah's original watercolors will also be on display.

This exhibit was organized by Museum Assistant, Kiri Mack-Hansen.


March 22 – April 27, 2014

Springfield All School Exhibition

Reception: March 21, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Private, Secondary schools); March 23 (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.


June 7 – August 3, 2014

Watercolor U.S.A. 2014

Reception: June 6, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Weisel and Kelly Galleries


This is the 53rd 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.


July 12, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Glazed Over: Ceramics from the Permanent Collection

Eldredge Gallery


This exhibit will present a number of ceramics from the permanent collection with particular attention paid to various glazing techniques. Featured work includes earthenware vessels by Gertrude and Otto Natzler and various porcelains by Chinese, Japanese and British potters, among others.


July 19, 2014 – May 23, 2015

Into the West

Spratlen Gallery


This installation will feature work from the Gertrude Vanderveer Spratlen collection. Focused primarily on Western and Southwestern art, this collection includes important paintings by Oscar E. Berninghaus and Ernest Blumenschein as well as sculpture by Charles O. Russell and Glenna Goodacre.


August 16 – November 9, 2014

Maquette: The Sculptor’s Tool

Reception: August 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Weisel and Kelly Galleries, Museum Grounds


A maquette is a small-scale, preliminary model (or rough draft) of a sculpture. For a sculptor, a maquette is an integral tool used for developing the final version of a sculpture; many artists utilize maquettes to work out formal design concepts as well as structural concerns on a small scale before launching into the more expensive, fully realized project. Maquettes are a fascinating way to visually see the progression of an artist’s idea.

Based on the Museum’s extensive collection of Ernest Trova’s maquettes, and supplemented with work by a selection of contemporary artists, this exhibit will explore the maquette as a sculptor’s tool and will compare a number of models with their finalized work.  Visitors will be encouraged to view work both in the galleries as well as on the Museum’s grounds.


November 22, 2014 – March 15, 2015

Four by Four: Midwest Invitational

Reception: November 21, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Gallery Talks: To be Scheduled

Weisel and Kelly Galleries


The biennial Four by Four 2014: Midwest Invitational Exhibition (formally MOAK 4-State Regional Exhibition) is intended to recognize and encourage artists working in all media who reside in the four-state region of Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. The exhibit will feature artwork by four artists – one from each state – who will each exhibit a selection or series of their current work. Judges for the exhibition are selected on a rotating basis from one of the four states – this year’s judge will hail from Kansas and will be tasked with awarding one artist a cash prize ($3000). A catalogue of the exhibition will be available and each of the artists will speak about their work at various times during the exhibition.

Ongoing Exhibitions


Through January 19, 2014

Julie Blackmon: The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home

Eldredge and Spratlen Galleries


This exhibit will present over 15 large-scale photographs by local artist Julie Blackmon. Blackmon creates photographs of the everyday life of her family and the lives of her sisters and their families at home. In this body of work, Blackmon has “continued to look at family life, my own, as well as the lives of my siblings and their children in a way that explores the simultaneous interaction of stress, chaos, charm, and grace that make up our daily lives at home.    These are imaginary scenes.  I relate to Fellini when he said, “The things that are most real to me are the ones I invented . . . . even lies are interesting, eloquent, and revealing just as much as what is considered the truth.” By looking at family life through my own fantastical perspective, I have attempted to tell the truth about our lives in the most honest way I know how.”


Through February 23, 2014

The Dissolute Household

King Gallery


The Dissolute Household examines the long tradition, traced back to the 17th century Dutch painter Jan Steen, of artists depicting dysfunctional, messy and frenzied family life. Steen was noted for his paintings of cluttered, chaotic households where tables are overturned, wine is flowing and dishes are left dirty on the floor.  This exhibit will explore a variety of work by artists in the permanent collection whose concern with the messier qualities of daily life continue to redefine the term ‘dysfunctional family’ through imagined and sometimes nightmarish visions of domestic life gone awry.  Featured artists include Margo Kren, Brian Paulsen and David Teniers.



Through March 16, 2014

Friends of the Springfield Art Museum 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Weisel and Kelly Galleries


This exhibit celebrates and commemorates the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FoSAM). FoSAM has been an integral support group for the Museum contributing funds for scholarships, various building projects, as well as numerous acquisitions over the years. This exhibit assembles all of those acquisitions – roughly fifty paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures - representing the full extent of the group’s 30 years of contributions to the Museum’s permanent collection. Purchased primarily from the Museum’s various juried exhibitions, the exhibit will include work by Robert Kipniss, Alison Saar, Rodney Frew and Robert E. Smith.


Through February 2015

American Abstraction:  Watercolors

Armstrong Gallery


Watercolor is a uniquely challenging medium, known for unpredictability. The accomplished watercolorist must learn to take advantage of unexpected results and to embrace spontaneity. This makes the medium ideally suited for painting abstractly, where chance and improvisation are nearly as important as color, line, and form.


Though contemporary watercolorists have overwhelmingly shifted toward a crisp, realist style, a notable contingency of painters still work abstractly in the medium. Artists such as Paul Jenkins and Lawrence Goldsmith began to relinquish the tight control mastered by the Photorealists, preferring to work in bold, colorfully expressive washes. Sam Francis applied the stylistic and psychological tenets of Abstract Expressionism – all-over painting, lack of perspective, and automatism – to watercolor, with splatters and drips intended to uncover the expressions of the unconscious mind.


This exhibition is the first in a series, focusing on various artists, styles and trends, pulled exclusively from the Springfield Art Museum’s outstanding collection of contemporary American aquamedia.



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.



Sculpture from the Permanent Collection

Courtyard Gallery


This selection of sculpture from the permanent collection will focus on artists working in the 1950s through 1970s in brass, bronze and steel. Artists include Dennis Chegwidden, Thomas Torrens and Robert Cronbach.


Library Gallery

Schedule 2014

The Library Gallery is a rotating exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the talents of local and regional artists. Library Gallery exhibitions are coordinated by Cindy Quayle, Exhibitions Manager.


January 4 - April 27, 2014,

William Newcomb - Acrylic Painting from life

Deby Gilley – Hand pulled linocut and woodcut prints

William Newcomb paints from life interpreting the emotional and mental reactions from what he sees in the model before him.  He creates very loose, painterly portraits capturing what he terms “psychological realism.” 

Deby Gilley is an expert printmaker working with linoleum and wood blocks.  Her work reflects her Ozark heritage with imagery centered around the people and objects of the region that she holds dear.

May 3 - August 31, 2014

Judah Fansler – Mixed media artist and graphic design

Marla Rush Parnell – Pastel portraits of children and pets

Judah Fansler describes himself as a neo-surrealistic artist, illustrator and graphic designer.  Always experimenting with new art styles and mediums, he strives to keep all of his work different and provocative through the use of mixed media including pen and ink, paint, digital photography, and printmaking.

Marla Rush Parnell specializes in pastel portraits, especially those of children and pets.  Her pastels are rich, colorful and expressive, uniquely capturing the mood and feelings of her subjects. 

September 6 - December 28, 2014

Robyn Cook – Graphite

Sarah  Jones –  Portraits and Still Life

Working solely in graphite, Robyn Cook’s realistic, almost photographic technique draws in the viewer for a closer look.  Inspired by living life on a farm, many of her works portray the lively activities of the animals around her.  

Sarah Jones’s artwork reflects an interest in memory and psychology, dreams and relationships.  Objects become metaphors of childhood innocence, imagination, and simplicity.  Influenced by Lucian Freud, her portrait series examines the artist/model relationship and the shifting from exterior to the interior of identity.  


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