Current Exhibitions

Nurturing Reverence

Char Norman
Apr 24 – Oct 31, 2021

Nurturing Reverence features environmental fiber sculptures created by Columbus artist, Char Norman. Combining found objects both man-made and natural, including fiber, paper, seed pods, and twigs, each sculpture serves as a relic and a tool to explore the symbiotic relationship between nature and humans.

Char Norman is an accomplished fiber artist specializing in papermaking and fiber sculpture. She received a Master of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Art from Scripps College. Throughout her career, Norman has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In addition to creating, she has developed workshops for all ages, serves as a consultant to area schools and community art organizations, and has held the positions of Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Currently, Norman works as a full-time studio artist located in Columbus, Ohio.

Public Domain

Boryana Rusenova-Ina
May 15 – Sep 12, 2021

In this new series of silk dioramas and paintings featuring scenes of Mount Rushmore, Boryana Rusenova-Ina examines the connection between identity, belonging, and the ever-changing symbolism of familiar spaces. Using the landscape genre and techniques borrowed from scenography, her practice explores and subverts perceptions of what is familiar about national landmarks like Mount Rushmore in order to emphasize the multitude of narratives that comprise notions of homeland and collective identity.

Boryana Rusenova-Ina is a native of Bulgaria whose work focuses on the relationship between place and belonging within the landscape genre. She earned an M.A. in Art, Design and Architecture Education from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2009 and an M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing from The Ohio State University 2016. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including at the City Gallery Plovdiv in Bulgaria and the Zanesville Museum of Art in Ohio. Rusenova Ina has also served as the Vice President of Roy G Biv Gallery For Emerging Artists in Columbus, was a founding member of the Couchfire Art Collective, and has previously received an Individual Excellence Grant from the Ohio Arts Council to support one of her current projects, Against the Constable Skies. Rusenova-Ina is an Assistant Professor of Painting at Texas Tech University and practices out of Lubbock, Texas.

Accessible Expressions Ohio 2021 (Beach Gallery)

Mar 27 – Apr 25, 2021

Curated by Art Possible Ohio, Accessible Expressions Ohio (AEO) features sixty works of art by Ohio artists with disabilities. AEO raises awareness by presenting the show in inclusive settings designed to change perceptions about disability and connects artists with peers and a statewide audience of potential patrons.

Virtually celebrate the opening of the exhibition during Art Possible Ohio’s Annual Day of Arts for All on Mar 27! Follow Art Possible Ohio on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @ArtPossibleOhio to learn more.

UnNatural History: Photographs by Diane Fox (McGregor Gallery)

Mar 20-Jul 11, 2021

Tennessee artist Diane Fox captures the perceived reality posed by dioramas in this series of photographs taken in natural history museums around the country and abroad. Traditionally, dioramas allow museum visitors to experience wildlife firsthand using staged animals and painted backgrounds to create realistic fabrications. Fox’s photographs, however, work to break the illusion of these constructed scenes and ask the viewer to reexamine their relationship with nature.

Fox is a Distinguished Lecturer Emerita in the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she taught photography and graphic design for over 20 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Middle Tennessee State University. Her work has been shown in dozens of exhibitions both nationally and internationally including solo exhibitions at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in California and Santa Reparata Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Who Tells Your Story? (Chakeres Gallery)

Feb 3–June 6, 2021

Who Tells Your Story? is the guiding question for a new exhibition in the Chakeres interactive gallery at the Springfield Museum of Art. Many people in our community, and across the nation, are asking questions about whose stories get told and who does the telling. Also, at this time of year many school children are studying early American History and current events. The gallery provides a thinking space for all ages to reflect on history, images, and personal stories by asking, Who Tells Your Story? The exhibition showcases 23 objects from the Permanent Collection, several of which are making their public debut.

Celebrating Women: Female Artists from the Permanent Collection (Quinlan & Bosca Galleries)

On display from Jul 15, 2020 into 2021

Historically, female artists have been underrepresented in museum collections and are shown at significantly lower rates than their male counterparts. During the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the Museum is highlighting female artists whose works are in the permanent collection. These works of art showcase the wide range of media, subject, and technique with which female artists have traditionally worked and demonstrate how women continue to conceptually advance the art world today. Featuring work by well-known and lesser known artists alike, this show explores artistic contributions of female artists, not only regionally, but nationally and internationally as well. Artists in the show include Davira Fisher, Frances Hynes, Helen Bosart Morgan, Aminah Robinson, Alice Schille, Kara Walker, and Stella Waitzkin, to name a few.

In addition to new art on display, the Museum has been awarded a grant from Smithsonian Affiliations. Funding for this project allows us to host a Smithsonian speaker in support of their American Women’s History Initiative taking place this year.

This Land Is Your Land (Virtual Exhibition)

May 19, 2020 –

During an almost year-long cross-curricular collaboration between Language Arts and Visual Art classes, 6th grade students at Reid School in Springfield, Ohio studied the history, meaning, and controversy, surrounding Woodie Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land.

After thorough examinations of diverse representations of Guthrie’s song that included print and audio, students choose a line from the song. Next, students worked to create their own visual interpretation of their selected line using various experimental multi-media techniques.

Students then created a more technical self-portrait and accompanying poem to represent their personal identity.