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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Springfield Art Museum Expands New Exhibition Series with Humanities, Vol. 2

Humanities, Vol. 2 exhibition identity featuring photos of Kate Murr, Sarah Wilcoxon, and Jin J. X


Springfield, MO. (September 13, 2022) – The Springfield Art Museum is pleased to present Humanities, Vol. 2, opening Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 AM. This special exhibition features new work from three local artists made in response to, and displayed in conversation with, objects from the Museum's permanent collection. This exhibition is the second in a new series - the Humanities - that seeks to investigate the "spark" that begins a connection with art by examining disparate works in the Museum’s collection with a wide range of community members. The Humanities exhibitions are curated and facilitated by Curator of Art Sarah Buhr.  

Humanities, Vol. 2 highlights three local artists in different disciplines – musician Jin J. X, poet Kate Murr, and dancer/choreographer Sarah Wilcoxon. The process began with tours of the Museum’s vaults, where the curator and the featured artists looked at art together. These tours, and the conversations they produced, resulted in an exhibition that investigates the "spark" at the core of the Humanities exhibitions, while also illustrating different ways in which viewers might connect with a work of art. 

Each artist selected a group of objects from the Museum’s collection, those works that spoke to them amongst the thousands of art objects they viewed. Their selections are exhibited alongside new work each artist has created in their own medium inspired by the collection objects. Buhr notes, "Every object has a story to tell. Here are a few captured by Jin, Kate, and Sarah that we would like to share with you." Featured works from the Museum's collection include paintings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts, and textiles. Featured artists include Frannie Dressel, Susi Steinitz Ettinger, Robert Nelson, Rick Proctor, Ernest Trova, and Museum Founder Deborah Weisel, among many others.

A full slate of public programs including an opening day, artist talks, and workshops are planned. Full program descriptions and registration information can be found by visiting the Museum's website: Lead support for Humanities, Vol. 2 is generously provided by the Melinda J. McDaniel Charitable Trust, UW, Bank of America, N.A., Trustees. See Humanities, Vol. 2 in our Weisel and Kelly Galleries through February 12, 2023. 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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