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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Springfield Art Museum Celebrates 75 Years as a Department of the City of Springfield with Mayoral P

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Springfield, MO. (October 20, 2021) – The Springfield Art Museum celebrates 75 years as a City-owned and operated community cultural resource on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 PM. The public is invited to attend a Mayoral Proclamation Event where City of Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will deliver a proclamation honoring the Museum’s artistic, educational, and economic contributions to Springfield and the region’s cultural landscape.

Museum Director Nick Nelson will also provide a 2021-2022 exhibition schedule announcement and a Master Plan update. The Museum’s galleries will remain open until 8 PM for the public to enjoy. The Museum currently has four special exhibitions on view: The Inferno of Dante: Etchings by Michael Mazur, Rose O’Neill and the Kewpie Comics, Jacques Callot: Varie Figure (Various Figures), and Shape, Form, and Color; in addition to three permanent collection exhibitions: Creating an American Identity, Selections from our Asian art collection (Hartman Gallery), and Selections from our Ceramics collection (Musgrave Gallery).

The Museum was founded in 1928 by Deborah Weisel and the Art Study Club, a group of art lovers and civic-minded women. In 1946, they deeded the Museum to the City of Springfield. The Art Study Club re-incorporated as the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates, the Museum’s longest-serving support group. Today, the Springfield Art Museum is the only American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accredited museum in all of southern Missouri, routinely serving over 60,000 patrons a year. 

The Mayoral Proclamation Event falls of the eve of Springfield Art Museum Day. Created on October 28, 1994 by Mayor N.L. “Mac” McCartney, Springfield Art Museum Day celebrated the opening of the Jeannette L. Musgrave Wing of the Museum, in furtherance of our community’s pursuit of the arts “be they pastels or technicolor.” The Mayoral Proclamation Event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be available. Face masks and social distancing are requested, regardless of vaccination status.

The Springfield Art Museum is located at 1111 East Brookside Drive. Admission is always free. Donations are gratefully accepted.


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, the Museum invites you to connect with the world, your community, and yourself through active engagement with art objects. For more information, please visit or contact Joshua Best, Museum Affairs Officer at (417) 874-2859 or

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