Current Exhibitions

Chronicles: The Great Depression and the Pandemic

Nov 4, 2023-Mar 30, 2024

Featuring two series of photographs taken a century apart, this exhibition explores how resilience can be born out of times of national tragedy and how documentary photographers are a valuable part of capturing the past and present. Chronicles originated at the Decorative Arts Center of Ohio and was co-curated by Dr. Christine Fowler Shearer and Arnold Tunstall.

Opening reception: Saturday, Nov 4, 6-7:30pm


Wright in Ohio

Thomas R. Schiff
Jun 16, 2023 - May 19, 2024

Featuring Frank Lloyd Wright homes of Ohio, this exhibition of panoramic photographs by Cincinnati photographer Thomas R. Schiff captures the spatial depth, undulating curves, and incomparable beauty of Wright’s designs.

Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, Jun 15th from 5:30-7pm. Light refreshments and drinks provided.

No Such Thing As Strangers

Lelia Byron
May 6, 2023 – Jan 2024

Based on in-person interviews with Springfield residents, this exhibition explores how individuals create and define the meaning of “home” in both a local sense and when considering the world as a broader, global place to live. Lelia Byron’s large scale paintings and outdoor sculpture delve into a wide range of topics including memories, personal narratives, social issues, and how a city experiences change over time.

Lelia Byron is an interdisciplinary artist who makes paintings, murals, installations, sculptures, and public art projects. Lelia’s projects often include an investigative component and frequently begin with interviewing diverse groups of people around different topics related to human rights, environmental rights, the complexity of communication between individuals, and the creative process. Lelia has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts (University of the Arts London).

Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 1-3pm


Rachel Eng
Mar 11 – Nov 12 , 2023

Rachel Eng depicts geology’s change, decay, and regeneration over time in Debris, a new, unfired clay installation. Commenting on life cycles and the impact natural elements and humans have on the environment, Eng demonstrates how we can understand our future by studying the planet’s past.

Eng grew up exploring the deciduous forests of Rochester, New York. This inspired her work which grapples with environmental concepts such as climate change, land use, and development, and how each can be connected to memory. Eng received her B.F.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has completed several artist residencies, both national and international, and was selected as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Emerging Artist in 2017. She currently works and lives in Carlisle, PA with her family and teaches in the studio art program at Dickinson College.

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

Jul 15, 2020 – Aug 6, 2023

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.