Current Exhibitions

76th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition

Jul 30 – Oct 2, 2022

The Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition returns for its 76th year in 2022. Participation is open to all members of the Museum and the show highlights works by all ranges of talent.


 

About the Juror

Deidre Hamlar is the Director of the Aminah Robinson Legacy Project at the Columbus Museum of Art. In this role, she develops inspirational exhibitions and public programs centered around Robinson’s artwork in addition to maintaining Robinson’s library, archives, and home studio. Having earned a B.A. in Sociology from University of California, Los Angeles and a J.D. from Howard University Law School, Hamlar has merged her two passions: social justice and the arts, into a multifaceted and prolific career, additionally serving as a lawyer, arts administrator, artist’s representative, and independent curator.

Amalgamations

Lisa Merida-Paytes
Apr 16 – Sep 18, 2022

Lisa Merida-Paytes explores the connections and disconnections among the body’s systems, the processes of growth and decay, and the animal-like nature of the human form. Through this series of dynamic paper, clay, and wire sculptures, she exposes the skeletal and embryonic core of the human body while also examining what happens when the body’s systems breakdown and its interrelated parts no longer communicate. As an artist living with disabilities caused by Ataxia, Merida-Paytes intimately understands the transformative, physical changes that result from progressive, neurological diseases. With her artwork, she seeks to generate an awareness of the ways in which bodies are impacted by disabilities.

Merida-Paytes is a female, Hispanic artist based in Cincinnati, OH. Her sculptural installation work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and she has contributed extensively to several ceramic publications including Ceramics Monthly. Most recently, Merida-Paytes served as a Co-Liaison for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference held in Cincinnati in March of 2021.  She received her B.F.A. from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1991 and her M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati in 1997.

Radical Imagination

Through 2022

Images and language are powerful and can change the way we see the world. This new, interactive exhibition encourages us to use our imaginations as radically as possible to envision the kind of world in which we want to live. Radical Imagination features artwork from the permanent collection including colorful imagery by Nan Hass Feldman, a large scale painting by Angelo Ippolito, and rarely seen works by Elijah Pierce.

Along with the art is a selection of poetry inspired by the reading curriculum of Springfield City School District middle schools where students are exploring the power of language.

Unconventional: Self-Taught Artists of the Permanent Collection

Dec 18, 2021 – Oct 2022

Unconventional presents several works in the Springfield Museum of Art’s permanent collection created by self-taught artists, many of whom were from Ohio. Comprising both two- and three-dimensional objects, this exhibition explores the wide variety of techniques, styles, themes, and materials that make up self-taught art. Artists on display include William Hawkins, Levent Isik, Mary Frances Merrill, and Elijah Pierce.

Discarded/Sourced

Through Aug 28, 2022

Highlighting objects from the permanent collection, this exhibition explores how artists use discarded and sourced materials to make art. Artists in this gallery include Purvis Young, Barbara Chavous, Angelo Ippolito, and Gus Lobenwein. Also, among the works in this exhibition is the large-scale Red Painting by Mark Bradford, on generous loan from the collection of Angela and Scott Crabill.

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

On display from Jul 15, 2020 into 2022

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.