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
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
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
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.
Through January 19, 2014
Julie Blackmon: The Power of Now and Other Tales from
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
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
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
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
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
Sculpture from the Permanent Collection
A selection of sculpture from the permanent collection.