The Dome: Springfield’s Center for Innovation, and Project Jerico at CCJDC, both hosted a project based learning program entitled “Artful Exoplanets: Creating Imaginary Worlds.” The curriculum was created by the Springfield Museum of Art and funded in part by the Smithsonian’s Universe of Learning Grant. Students learned about exoplanets, space visualization, and computer coding through online NASA portals and the YouthAstronet portal. This led to their creation of colored photographic images of the cosmos, sculptures of imagined alien life, and watercolor paintings of the exoplanets they live on. This online exhibition features the watercolor paintings created by the middle school students at The Dome and high school students at CCJDC.
Born in Columbus, Ohio and currently a resident of New Carlisle, Ohio, Jean Koeller took her first painting class in 1979 and hasn’t stopped painting since.
Her work is represented in museums, corporate collections and institutions. She also taught painting and drawing from 1988-1993 for many of the colleges and universities in the immediate area. She worked as the Visual Resource Curator for the University of Dayton from 1992-2007 and taught in their study abroad programs in Italy and France.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 28, 5:30-7pm
To get a closer view of artist Jean Koeller watch ThinkTV’s The Art Show episode to learn more about her practice and approach to painting:
Jasmine Owens’ photography explores the complex subject of self-identity and its nature by capturing uniquely intimate moments of scrutiny and isolation. She uses household items and staged lighting as an attempt to exemplify a new and personal perspective for the viewer.
Vain Pretension features a series of eight photographs that examine the struggle that often accompanies finding yourself, as well as Owens’ personal collection of antique photographs ranging from the Victorian Era to the early 1930s. Though the antique photographs and Owens’ own work appear very different, both collections examine a different side of self-identification.
Owens is a rising senior at Springfield High School, and is currently the Curatorial Intern for the Springfield Museum of Art.
Featuring more than 80 prints, as well as original paintings, this exhibition provides a comprehensive look into the quirky, whimsical world of artists Charley and Edie Harper. Charley Harper is world famous for his signature style of ‘minimal realism,’ capturing the spirit of his subjects with elegantly spare visual elements. His work is nature-based, and over his career he created pieces for many environmental organizations, including the National Park Service, Everglades National Park, and the Cincinnati Zoo as well as a groundbreaking series of illustrations for Ford Times. Edie Harper worked in several mediums, including photography, sculpture, textiles, and jewelry. This exhibition includes examples of her prints, which also focus on natural subjects, particularly cats, as well as scenes from Biblical stories and childhood memories. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to view both of the Harpers’ works together, providing a truly immersive, curiosity provoking experience.
Now in its 72nd year, Springfield Museum of Art’s Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition continues to grow – not only in the number of participants, but in the quality, diversity, and breadth of mediums represented. While the works vary greatly, all embody the artistic spirit of experimentation, freedom of expression, and exploration of medium- and the use of color this year, across the board, is phenomenal.
Opening reception: Sunday, Jul 1, 4-5:30pm
Yellow Springs, Ohio-based artist Sharri Paula Phillips has always been drawn to worlds of mystery and magic. Her works take inspiration from childhood memories of exploring the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mysterious carnival scenes, floating hot air balloons, fairy tree houses, and whimsical woodland creatures all make appearances in Phillips’ colorfully crafted works.
Featuring sculpture, textiles, paper mâché, and 2-D media, this exhibition is sure to delight viewers of all ages.
Opening Reception: Sunday, Apr 22, 4-5:30pm