Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas

Sep 24-Dec 31, 2016

Norman Rockwell’s work has been re-discovered by a new generation of Americans seeing the 100 Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations featured in this exhibition as more accurate pictures of the American experience compared to previous generations who lived during Rockwell’s time and viewed them as idealized or stylized representations of small town America in the mid-20th century. 100 photographs taken by his trusted friend and assistant, Louis Lamone, also present candid moments of Rockwell’s everyday experiences that help us to better understand his fascination with small towns and representations of an idealized American experience.

Opening Reception
5:30-7pm, Saturday, Sep 24, 2016
Free to members; admission fees apply for non-members.

Norman Rockwell: The Man Behind the Canvas, originated from the LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange GA.

A Place for All People (in the Beach Gallery)

Sep 20, 2016 – Jan 18, 2017

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the National Museum of African American History and Culture present A Place for All People:  Introducing the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a set of unique and highly informative posters designed to engage and inspire visitors and students and to help celebrate the historic opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The African American story is one characterized by pain and glory, power and civility, enslavement and freedom. It is a multi-disciplinary tribute to the best ideals of the American philosophy. A Place for All People evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression. In addition to profiling the long struggle to create the museum, the building’s architectural design and its prominent location on the National Mall, the poster exhibit is a survey of the African American community’s deep and lasting contributions to the American story.

Ohio Plein Air Society 2016 Exhibition: Parks en Plein Air

Oct 15, 2016-Feb 4, 2017

The Ohio Plein Air Society (OPAS)  painters have created works of art for this exhibition with the theme “Parks en Plein Air” which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. This juried event will include works painted on location in local, city, county, state and national parks.

“En plein air” is a French expression meaning “in the open air,” and refers to the act of painting outdoors with the artist’s subject in full view. Plein air artists capture the spirit and essence of a landscape or subject by incorporating natural light, color and movement into their works.

Juried by award-winning artist, Charles Rowland.

The opening reception and celebration will be held Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm.

70th Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition

Jun 25 –Sep 4, 2016

The Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art is always a treat for the museum community. The show provides a unique opportunity for our member artists to connect through art media, subject, and style or simply through shared creative spirit.  Everyone who submits work will have at least one piece juried into the show. The work includes painting, sculpture, fiber, clay, and mixed media. Our member artists include nationally and internationally recognized artists along with local favorites. Every artist’s voice rings out through this eclectic assemblage of artistic skill. The exhibition is a true celebration of the creative talent in our region.

Don’t Miss the Opening Reception:

Saturday, Jun 25, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
Awards Presented at 6pm
Free for members; $5 non-members
Exhibiting members also receive two complementary guest passes

Dayton/Kyoto Print Exchange – STORM (Deer Gallery)

Nov 12, 2016 – Mar 25, 2017

The Dayton/Kyoto Invitational is an international print exchange between the Dayton Printmakers’ Cooperative and Gen Studio Group in Kyoto, Japan. The groups have been exchanging prints for simultaneous portfolio exhibitions in the Dayton, Ohio and Kyoto, Japan areas since 2003.

Each year a theme is determined by one of the two groups. The theme chosen for this portfolio is “STORM.” Participating artists interpret the theme and create an image using a printmaking process or a combination of processes. Included in this exhibition are works by 21 artists from Japan and 18 from Dayton.

Springfield High School AP/IB Exhibition (in the Conference Room)

Apr 2-29, 2016

Every year countless high school students in the United States strive to meet the standards of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs in order in order to earn college credit. Students who choose to study studio art must create diverse, exceptional portfolios that demonstrate their proficiency of design in concept, composition, and execution.

Springfield High School proudly displays the work of AP and IB students Jenna Demeter, Leticia Leep, Rachel Littleton, Maria Gomez Mestiza, Michelle Randles, Ryan Ramirez, Cameron Rohr, Adara Smiddy, Keaira Sparks, Kira Sutton, and Noah Voorhees.

Faces and Stories: Paintings by Jimi Jones

Feb 20-May 29, 2016

Jimi Jones communicates his ideas, feelings, and beliefs through his paintings, many of which explore the tensions of social injustice through war, racism, religious differences, and slavery. When Jones talks about his work it’s clear he sees his role as an artist-storyteller. “…if you’re thoughtful, constructive and creative in your approach, you can have long-lasting historic impact on other people. That’s to me the strength and the art of art.” Intimate portraits layered with stories and mural-sized paintings reveal Jones’ understanding of the world; “I live through my paintings; they help me organize my random thoughts and share them and myself with others.”

Artist talk
4:30-5:30pm, Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

Opening reception
5:30-7 pm, Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

These Museum events are free to members; admission fees apply for non-members.

Artist as Teacher

Mar 12-Oct 23, 2016

This exhibition introduces museum audiences to the remarkable artists who dedicated their creative energy to teaching art as well as creating work of their own. Often these artists weren’t given the attention or recognition that their non-teaching peers enjoyed. Find out what is special about an artist who is also a teacher.