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    June 4 - August 28, 2016. The 55th annual exhibition of Watercolor U.S.A. brings together seventy-eight paintings from artists across the nation. This exhibit features the best in contemporary American watermedia.

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  1. Warhol Uncanned

    May 4 - Aug. 28, 2016. Artist Lindsey Wohlman offers a deeper perspective on those infamous Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Cans. This exhibition explores issues of loss, the power of art to heal, and art's ability to address social issues. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Museum is conducting a food drive in collaboration with Ozarks Food Harvest.

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  1.  String Theorystring theory

    Through October 16, 2016. Utilizing the Museum's permanent collection, this exhibit compares and contrast a number of textile construction techniques through the juxtaposition of a variety of objects including a 17th century French tapestry, a Navajo rug, a Chinese jifu robe and an 18th century quilt.

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  1. Two female students proudly display portraits created in a painting seminar. One portrait is a color

    Classes for Kids, Teens & Adults

    The Springfield Art Museum offers classes in a variety of media for kids, teens and adults. Autumn classes run from Sept. 27 through Nov. 19. 

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  1. Tue Aug. 30

    String Theory: Textiles From The Permanent Collection Textiles have been used to create a myriad of objects over time and across various cultures. String Theory uses textiles, prints, paintings, and textile working tools and equipment from the Springfield Art Museum's permanent collection to compare and contrast pieces from around the world. Our collection showcases the diversity of objects that people construct with fibers - from wall hangings to wedding dresses - and offers a glimpse into the culture that created each piece.
  2. Tue Aug. 30

    Donald Holden: Memory Painter This exhibit, pulled from the Museum's permanent collection of contemporary American watermedia, features eighteen works by artist Donald Holden. Holden works primarily in watercolor and exclusively paints landscapes that are intentionally small scale because he "finds a special magic in small pictures." Nearly all of his subjects are pulled from places he's visited - Lake Powell, the Maine coast - or his own backyard in the Hudson River valley. Although the paintings are based on…
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  1. Now on View:  Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton

    The Museum recently rotated new works on paper into the Creating an American Identity exhibit. One work of particular note is by fellow Midwesterner, Elizabeth Layton, known to many as “Grandma Layton.” Layton was born in the small town of Wellsville, Kansas in 1909...

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    A color print of an elderly woman dressed as Cinderella sitting near her elderly husband as he watch

  1. detail photo of the face of a sculpture of eve in plaster

    New Acquisition: Roberta Stoneman Baker

    Through the generosity of a local donor, the Museum has recently added a number of new works to the permanent collection. One of these is particularly exciting in its unique ability to enhance the Museum’s collection and its local art history - a plaster maquette of the figure of Eve by Springfield artist Roberta Stoneman Baker.

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