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Posted on: August 1, 2016

Springfield Art Museum Curator Earns Regional Museum Leadership Award



Springfield, MO. (August 1, 2016) - The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) honored Springfield Art Museum Curator of Art, Sarah Buhr with the 2016 Promising Leadership Award at their annual conference on July 30th in Minneapolis, MN. This award acknowledges Buhr’s demonstrated “ability to organize and lead projects with local and national scope,” as well as her “admirable interest in promoting the work of artists across the Midwest,” according to Charity Counts, Executive Director of the AMM.

The AMM is made up of over 350 member museums and cultural institutions across eight states including: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Buhr’s list of accomplishments includes re-inventing the MOAK exhibition as the biennial 4 x 4: Midwest Invitational, the recent acquisition of a major site-specific installation by artist Anne Lindberg in the Museum's King Gallery, and overseeing the re-installation of the Museum’s permanent collection in the Creating an American Identity exhibit.

“I’m proud that our permanent collection is now showcased in a way that not only highlights our cultural heritage, but is also an incredibly powerful teaching tool that informs our educational programming,” says Buhr. “Obviously, I’m thrilled to be recognized by this group of peers, but I’m also grateful to bring attention to the fact that the Springfield Art Museum is not just locally relevant, but part of an exciting regional museum community.”

Buhr credits part of her success to the talents of a strong curatorial team, and a transition in museum leadership in 2012 that made opportunities to show leadership, organization, and project management skills possible. Buhr has been the Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museum since 2013. She was previously the Curator of Exhibitions.


The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield, Missouri’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, we are dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects. For more information, please visit

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