FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Federal Bureau of Investigation April 11 announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of artwork stolen from the Springfield Art Museum.
It is believed the break in and theft occurred sometime during the early morning hours on April 7, at which time seven of 10 Andy Warhol editioned prints on display at the museum were taken.
The collection, which has been owned by the Springfield Art Museum since 1985, is Set number 31 of the Campbell’s Soup I collection and is valued at approximately $500,000.
Each piece in the editioned screen print collection based on paintings created by Warhol in 1962 measures 37 inches high by 24.5 inches wide and are framed in white frames. Images of the stolen artwork are included in the FBI’s April 11 press release.
“We appreciate the outpouring of support of the Springfield community and the quick response of the Springfield Police Department and FBI,” said Art Museum Director Nick Nelson. “For those of us who work at the museum and in Springfield’s art community, the theft of these iconic Warhol prints that the museum has had in our permanent collection for 30 years feels like the loss of a family member. We appreciate any assistance the public can provide to law enforcement to ensure the return of these treasured pieces of art.”
The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the stolen artwork. Anyone with information should contact the FBI Springfield, Missouri office directly at 417-882-3303 or the Springfield Police Department TIPS line at 417-869-TIPS. Additionally, individuals may contact their local law enforcement agency.
“The museum is working with the proper authorities and being proactive in our security efforts as we remain open to the public. We are confident that the measures we are taking will protect the museum’s treasures, while still making art accessible to our community,” Nelson said.
For information about the investigation, please contact Lisa Cox, Springfield Police Department Public Affairs Officer, at 417-864-1786 or Lcox@springfieldmo.gov.