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.
Milford, Ohio artist Gary Birch identifies as a Southwest Ohio painter and sculptor. His work seeks balance between disparate themes, especially those concerning domestic life, industry, and nature. This exhibit will feature both his expressive collage paintings and unconventional mixed media sculptures.
The Springfield Museum of Art is excited to host the Western Ohio Watercolor Society’s 46th Annual Members’ show this winter. For nearly half a century, WOWS has engaged artists in our region through exhibitions and workshops. This juried exhibition will highlight an array of experienced, local artists working in a variety of watercolor techniques. Patrick Mauk of Lima, Ohio is this year’s juror. Mauk is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1999.
The Western Ohio Watercolor Society was founded in 1974 for the purpose of furthering interest in, and adding stature to, the use of watercolor as a fine art medium, as well as to encourage public interest in the medium.
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.
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.