Thomas Hart Benton's Birthday Bash

Event Details

Friday, April 20, 2018
Springfield Art Museum, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tickets $40, reserve today by calling the SMMA Office:
(417) 874-2869 or

Please plan to join SMMA for a new tradition, Thomas Hart Benton's Birthday Bash! This event provides a foot stompin' , rollickin' good time as Missouri's Official Ragtime Piano Player, Gary Ellison, performs Thomas Hart Benton's Greatest Hits! Hear the stories and songs that inspired many of Benton's paintings.

Your ticket includes heavy hors d'oeuvre, wine, entertainment, birthday cake, and a toast to Thomas Hart Benton, easily one of Missouri's most recognized artists and an important Regionalist. Proceeds benefit SMMA's support of 5th grade field trips to the Springfield Art Museum, Placeworks teaching artist residencies in rural schools, art acquisitions, and more!

Sponsorships available, please contact the SMMA Office for details.

​Program Details

6:30 PM: Cocktails & Hors d'oeuvre
7:00 PM: Live Music show and Art Presentation Featuring Gary Ellison
8:00 PM: Birthday Cake and Whiskey Toast
Photograph of Gary Ellison at the piano

Gary Ellison, Missouri's Official Ragtime Piano Player.