1. Kara Walker is best known for her black cut-paper silhouettes that explore the painful history of American race relations and its contemporary paradoxes. Set primarily in the American pre-Civil War antebellum South, Walker questions traditional narratives of race, gender, sex and power through exaggerated truths and fictionalized events leaving viewers to unpack, sort out, and ultimately decide which elements are true. The exhibition brings together 60 works from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation in a variety of mediums from large-scale printmaking to metal sculpture and shadow puppetry.

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  1. Susi Steinitz Ettinger:
    Ciphers and Glyphs

    Detail of an abstract painting with blue symbols
    Susi Steinitz Ettinger’s work is hard to define; pulling from multiple styles, she has worked with a wide variety of media ranging from conté crayon drawings to collage. One commonality running throughout the work is the creation of ciphers and glyphs, Ettinger has invented her own personal symbolic language.

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  1. House of Art(S)

    public art structure made of graffiti panels
    Conceived and implemented by Art of Space and the curatorial staff at the Springfield Art Museum, the House of Art(S) is an outdoor museum gallery constructed from murals and graffiti panels.  This public, participatory art installation is located on the Museum grounds in the outdoor historic amphitheatre.

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    The Springfield Art Museum seeks an experienced, dynamic, and self-motivated Development and Marketing Coordinator to lead the Museum's development and marketing activities.

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  1. Tue Oct. 13

    "A Change of Art" Artist Talk and Workshop presented by FOSAM Artists, Rebekah Polly and Justin Gault will discuss their artwork and processes. Polly is a contemporary African-American artist, who explores race, identity and discrimination in her artwork, with a primary focus on painting. Gault is a painter, sculptor and fabricator who conducts his work through a series of time-based processes, using gestural movements and layering of media in order to express moments. The artists will convey their creative inspirations and their journey into living an …
  2. Thu Oct. 15

    13th c. Gangs, Eggs, and the Magna Carta Join Carolyn Cárdenas, Professor of Painting & Drawing and Head of the Department of Art + Design at Missouri State University for a discussion and demonstration about 13th century art materials. This event is part of a community-wide celebration of the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta hosted by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation.
  3. Sat Oct. 17

    Autumn Chill: A DJ Showcase The Springfield Art Museum and Make Springfield Weird present "Autumn Chill: A DJ Showcase" with performances by: DJ Phi Cbug and Agent Traxxident This is an all ages event that is free to the public. Live Art - Pumpkin Painting - Hot Drinks - Face Painting B.Y.O.A (Bring your own art)
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  1. a photo of Hannah Stark, a curatorial intern at the Springfield Art Museum        Summer Intern: Hannah Stark

    This summer we welcomed Drury University student, Hannah Stark, to the curatorial department. Today she shares her impressions of working at the Springfield Art Museum.

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  1. hands holding a spool          Caring for  Art Objects

    Part of how we care for objects at the museum is by always handling and moving them safely, exposing them to as little harm as possible. Though each unique object needs to be evaluated for it’s individual needs, there are some basic rules for all art handling:

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