2020

The Liyana Project (Beach Gallery)

May 25-Jun 29, 2020

Presented by ArtsAlive! and Springfield City School District

What happens when a school district embraces art, storytelling, and film?

The ​Liyana​ Project is the phrase being used by educators in the Springfield City School District to describe the infusion of art and narrative inspired by the documentary film, ​Liyana​. Educators and students at Springfield High School, Shaefer Middle School, and Kenwood Elementary School chose to work together, and independently, on projects ranging from collaborative stories, short films and masks this year. The artworks are on display at the Springfield Museum of Art until June 29, 2020, in the Beach Gallery.

Cowboys & Hatters (Halley & Klein Galleries)

Feb 1-May 31, 2020

Cowboys & Hatters seeks to expand the viewer’s understanding of the historical and sociological evolution of men’s hats through the exhibition of a vast array of authentic hats, related memorabilia, and photography. Ranging from cowboy hats, beaver fur caps, and classic top hats, among others, the show demonstrates the pivotal role hats have played throughout the centuries. Additionally, the exhibition includes insight into hat making processes. All works are from the collection of Dr. Debbie Henderson.

Dr. Debbie Henderson is the costume designer for the Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance. In her work, Dr. Henderson researches clothing worn in other centuries and other countries while attempting to discover the attitudes clothing conveys and inspires. This interest prompted her interdisciplinary doctoral work on the history and manufacture of the man’s hat, undertaken through the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Henderson is the author of Cowboys and Hatters: Bond Street, Sagebrush, & the Silver Screen (Wild Goose Press, 1996), The Handmade Felt Hat (Wild Goose Press, 2001), Hat Talk (Wild Goose Press, 2002), and numerous journal articles.

Color Improvisations 2 (McGregor & Deer Galleries)

Jan 4 – Apr 5, 2020

Color Improvisations 2 is an international quilt exhibition curated by
Nancy Crow, one of the most celebrated and influential quilt artists
of the past forty years. The show features 50 large, improvisational
quilts by 43 artists from Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland,
Japan, Scotland, and the United States.

All of the quilts, made specifically for this exhibition, highlight the
artists’ ability to create abstract compositions on a large scale with
pieces measuring up to 90 x 90.” Each work was machine-pieced
and quilted, with many including hand-dyed fabrics that make this
collection of quilts truly unique. The Springfield Museum of Art is the
only U.S. destination to exhibit all 50 quilts in one venue.

Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan 4, 5:30-7pm

Exhibition Sponsor:

Bundy Baking Solutions