The Springfield Art Museum celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2018 with special exhibits, including “Decades” featuring ten works from each decade that showcase what the museum was collecting over that time period.

“This exhibit will have a huge range of projects and we’re extremely excited about it,” said Sarah Buhr, curator of art. “We’re celebrating almost 100 years of bringing art to Springfield and it really is going to be a special event.”


A visitor explores art at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

In 1928, the official Springfield Art Museum was formed and began displaying exhibits in Springfield City Hall. “Decades” will start with that time period and take visitors on a journey back in time.

“This exhibit will give the community and visitors a snapshot of our history and they can walk through it all in one exhibit and experience the width and breadth of what we’ve been collecting over the years,” said Joshua Best, development and marketing coordinator. “They’ll see how art evolved over time, including textiles of the 1950s and watercolors of the 1960s.”

“Decades” is on display Sept. 15-February 17, 2019, at the museum that has more than 10,000 works of art in its permanent collection.


Visitors explore art at the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri.

Special collections include American watermedia, art of the Midwest and printmaking. In addition to a primary focus in American art, the 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.

Springfield Art Museum 2018 Special Exhibits

In addition to “Decades,” the Springfield Art Museum will house three exhibits representing Ozarks’ history and internationally acclaimed artists.

“Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose O’Neill” — April 14-Aug. 5
Rose O’Neill periodically called the Ozarks home and rose to fame as the creator of the Kewpies characters in the early 1900s. This exhibit will be a sprawling retrospective of her life and work and will include books, poetry, sculptures, textiles, special programming and more.

“Watercolor USA 2018” — June 2-Aug. 26
This will be the 57th year for “Watercolor USA” at the Springfield Art Museum. Started in the 1960s as a way to build the museum’s art collection, it has become a beloved tradition and staple of the museum’s collection.

"Contemporary Cuban Printmaking" — Dec. 8, 2018 - March 17, 2019
From the Collection of the Racela Educational & Charitable Foundation.

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