Exhibit Schedule 2014
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.
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
Reception: March 21, 5:00 –
6:30 p.m. (Private, Secondary schools); March 23
Weisel, Kelly and Courtyard
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 –
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
July 12, 2014 – January 4,
Glazed Over: Ceramics
from the Permanent Collection
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
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
Reception: August 15, 5:30
p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Weisel and Kelly Galleries,
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,
Four by Four: Midwest
Reception: November 21, 5:30
– 7:00 p.m.
Gallery Talks: To be
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
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.
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
Through February 23, 2014
The Dissolute Household
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
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
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.
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
Creating an American
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
Sculpture from the
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
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.
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
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
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
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
September 6 - December
Robyn Cook – Graphite
Sarah Jones – Portraits and
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.