Permanent Collection

With over 10,000 works of art in the permanent collection, you will always find something new to see at the Springfield Art Museum. A portion of our collection is available online.

About the Collection

The Springfield Art Museum has been collecting since its incorporation in 1928 with the purchase of two paintings, landscapes by Philadelphia artist, Mary Butler.

With these works, the Museum began a focus on American art from the 18th century onward; however, over the years and due to the increasingly diverse patronage of the Museum, the collection has broadened to include a variety of work spanning numerous time periods and cultures.

Special collections include American watermedia, art of the Midwest and printmaking. In addition to a primary focus in American art, the Museum collection also contains: textiles, decorative arts, and pottery and ceramics from Europe, Asia, and the Americas from a variety of eras and cultures. The Museum collection also contains a number of large-scale sculptures, exhibited throughout the grounds.

Sculpture Garden

The grounds of the Museum showcase a number of large-scale sculptures, including a well-known and loved Springfield landmark, Sun Target II by John Henry. Other artists include Richard Hunt, Ernest Trova, and James Sterritt:

In 2013, the museum sponsored construction of a temporary, volunteer-built structure, Rhizomatic Grotto.

Realistic portrait of a seated woman named Fanny Crenshaw painted by George Caleb Bingham
George Caleb Bingham, Portrait of Fanny Smith Crenshaw, ca. 1869, oil on canvas
Yellow cor-ten steel sculpture made up of multiple rectangular forms
John Henry, Sun Target II, 1974, cor-ten steel