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.

Gallery talk: TBA given by Julie Dunn-Morton, Curator of Fine Arts at the 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. Audubon included many frontier animals never before depicted, and his landmark publication helped foster a public appreciation of American nature.

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 Audubon, with the color lithograph of the same. Visitors will be able to compare and contrast the two works 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 talk about Audubon and this amazing portfolio. Date to be determined.

March 8, 2014 - ongoing

Wanderings: Selections from the Samuel O. King Collection

Samuel O. King Gallery

This exhibit will feature works donated to the Museum by longtime patron and supporter, Samuel O. King. Installed in the Samuel O. King Gallery, the exhibit will explore King’s passion for collecting which is predominantly focused on Asian art and local artists. King has been a long-time supporter of local artists having purchased many works from the Museum’s various juried exhibitions over the years including Watercolor U.S.A., Prints U.S.A. and MOAK. He is also a world traveler, having frequently journeyed through Asia, where a number of these works were collected. Featured artists include David Lakish, Laurie Wyman-Heron and Joy Schick.

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 Foyer 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. Featuring some of the country's best known artists, the event is open to artists from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Hundreds of entries are received annually and judged for a variety of prizes and possible purchase by the Museum or its patrons. The top award totals $3000 cash; approximately $40,000 in cash, merchandise, patron and Springfield Art Museum purchase awards are available. Organized in 1962 by the Springfield Art Museum, this event aims to attract the best in contemporary American water media 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 – ongoing

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 15 – November 9, 2014

Maquette: The Sculptor’s Tool

Reception: August 14, 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 including David Hayes, 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 21, 2014 – March 15, 2015

Four by Four: Midwest Invitational

Reception: November 20, 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.”

Blackmon’s work has been featured in American Photo magazine and recently included in a group show at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, among others.  She is represented by Robert Mann Gallery in New York, the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles and The Photographers’ Gallery in London. A catalogue of the exhibition will be available.

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.’  The exhibition will include work by David Teniers, Robert Barnum and Lajos Bruck.

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

The Springfield Art Museum has one of the finest collections of contemporary aquamedia paintings in the country. This exhibition will highlight watercolorists experimenting with abstraction and will include work by Robert Mejer, William Rainey and Rob Erdle. 


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. 

The exhibit will feature a reinstallation of the Springfield Art Museum’s permanent collection and will include 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

A selection of sculpture from the permanent collection.


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