A Yoko Ono participatory exhibition will be at the Springfield Art Museum April 9-July 10, 2022.

In the exhibition, “Yoko Ono: Mend Piece,” a simple white room will have shattered cups and saucers placed on a table that participants can mend the fragments using common household items: twine, glue, scissors, and tape. The resulting works are displayed on nearby shelves, evidence of the power of collective action as an act of healing. 

Ono is recognized for her pioneering conceptual art, which has encompassed performance, instruction, film, music, and writing. She also continues to work tirelessly for world peace. 

“Mend Piece” embraces the metaphor of the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi, a technique of repairing broken or cracked pottery using brushstrokes of gold and silver, a philosophy that treats the breakage and repair as part of the object’s history, an important and precious detail, rather than something to disguise.

Other exhibitions at the museum in 2022

The Open Window (April 9-July 10)

The works in this special exhibition pulled from the museum’s permanent collection follow or challenge the metaphor of Alberti’s window while providing an intellectual space to consider how our own views are framed.

Humanities: Vol. 1 (July 23-Nov. 13)

Regardless of job duties, everyone at the museum works in and around the permanent collection. What connections with art have they made as they secure the building, manage contracts, coordinate facility repairs, and write grants? This exhibition seeks to answer that question by highlighting favorite works by a range of people who help move the museum forward including staff, board, docents, and committee members.

Humanities: Vol. 2 (Sept. 17-Feb. 19, 2023)

This exhibition started with a series of questions: What does the museum’s collection mean to Springfieldians? Does the collection mean anything to Springfieldians? How would we know? To seek answers to this question, the museum’s curator of art invited three local artists in different disciplines to tour the museum’s vaults and see what connections might exist between the collection and the community. These tours have resulted in an exhibition that will pair objects from the museum’s permanent collection, as chosen by poet Kate Murr, musician Jin J X, and dancer Sarah Wilcoxon, with original work created in their own mediums, inspired by the chosen objects. The result will be an exhibition featuring the museum’s permanent collection, new poetry, new music, and a dance film created by these local artists.

Rodney Frew (Nov. 26-March 19, 2023)

This exhibition features work by local artist and art educator Rodney Frew. Frew taught at Missouri State University for 34 years, retiring with emeritus status. He exhibited his work often at the museum, as well as in national and international exhibitions. The Museum was gifted a large body of work by the artist’s son, Morgan Frew, in 2019. This exhibition will feature many of these newly donated works in context with additional work by Rodney Frew from the museum’s collection.

Frieda Logan: Swap Meet (Nov. 26-March 19, 2023)

Prior to retiring in Springfield, Frieda Logan managed a freelance career in Kansas City creating commercial illustrations for Macy’s Department Store and Ray’s Advertising. This exhibition features a series of paintings, gifted by Logan to the museum in 2004, featuring heartfelt depictions of daily life in the midwest.

Lyrical Abstraction (Nov. 26-March 19, 2023)

In America in the 1960s and 70s, a group of artists developed in reaction to the aesthetics and political implications of minimalist and conceptual art. This exhibit features work by lyrical abstract artists.

Returning in 2022

All School Exhibition (March 5-April 24, 2022)

The museum’s longest-running exhibition initiative invites student artists to exhibit outstanding artwork. This exhibit also reflects the work of talented teachers in the community. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the All School Exhibition. 

Missouri State University MFA Showcase (May 7-22)

This special exhibition features bodies of work produced by Missouri State University graduate students pursuing a master of fine arts degree in visual studies from the Art + Design Department.

Watercolor USA 2022 (June 4, 2022 – Aug. 28)

This annual summer favorite returns with over $20,000 in cash prizes, artist materials, and possible museum purchase awards available. This will be the 61st showing of the best in contemporary American water media, as judged by Kevin Umaña, co-founder of The Ekru Project in Kansas City.

Evergreen in 2022

New works from American artists from the 18th century onward will continue to rotate quarterly into “Creating an American Identity,” a semi-permanent exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition includes a selection of more than 75 works from as wide an array of artistic voices as possible, including works by women, people of color, indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ+ communities.

Selections from the museum's Asian art collection are currently installed in the Hartman Gallery and selections from the museum’s ceramics collection are installed in the Musgrave Gallery. Patrons can also enjoy installation pieces, such as Anne Lindberg’s titled sky and Dale Chihuly’s Autumn Persian and Feather Chandelier, year-round. The museum’s grounds also include outdoor sculptures, including works by Rebecca Hackemann, John Henry, Richard Hunt, and Ernest Trova.

Continuing from 2021

The Inferno of Dante: Etchings by Michael Mazur (through Feb. 20)

This special exhibition pairs 41 etchings from the museum’s permanent collection illustrating Dante Alighieri’s “The Inferno.” The exhibit pairs Mazur’s etchings with the relevant excerpted portions of Dante’s poem in Italian, along with English translations by U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky.

Linda Lopez: Long Lost (through March 20)

This major solo exhibition features immersive spaces, mosaics, and sculptures by Linda Nguyen Lopez, a first-generation American artist of Vietnamese and Mexican descent. Her unexpected porcelain sculptures investigate language and identity as imaginatively embedded in the mundane objects around us.

Getting there

The Springfield Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Drive, is the city’s oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. Admission is free with donations accepted.

For more information, visit www.sgfmuseum.org. For more information about things to see and do in Springfield, visit www.SpringfieldMO.org or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767.

Media Contacts

  • Susan Wade, Convention & Visitors Bureau Public Relations Manager, 417-881-5300, ext. 101; 800-678-8767, ext.101; 417-830-0645 (cell); swade@springfieldmo.org 
  • Joshua Best, Museum Affairs Officer, 417-874-2859, jbest@springfieldmo.gov