Past

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.

Springfield High School Youth Visual Art Exhibition

May 18 – Jun 27, 2022

Springfield High School will host its Youth Visual Art Exhibition this spring in the Museum’s Beach Gallery. Featuring an arrangement of artwork by young, up and coming artists, this free exhibition pushes contemporary ideas through conceptually contrived works.

Reception: Tuesday, May 24, 5-6pm

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.

Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe

Mar 19 – Jul 10, 2022

Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe, organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, explores Rowe’s artistic practice as a radical act of self-expression in the post-Civil Rights era South.

Support for this exhibition and publication is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Major funding for this exhibition and publication is provided by Judith Alexander and Henry Alexander. Generous support for the national tour is provided by Art Bridges.

 

 


 

 

 

On a Snowy Evening

Nov 2021-Winter 2022

Celebrate all things winter with this exhibition of snowy artwork from the Springfield Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection. The exhibition contains a number of pieces that have been featured on our past holiday postcards including work by Paul Sample and Dayton artists, David Smith and Robert Whitmore.

Accessible Expressions Ohio – 2022

Mar 26 – May 15, 2022

Returning for its second year, Accessible Expressions Ohio is an adjudicated, diverse, statewide exhibition of artwork by Ohio artists with disabilities. Artwork ranges from 2D to 3D pieces and features a wide array of subject matter. This exhibition is curated by Art Possible Ohio (APO), the statewide service organization for artists with disabilities.  APO works with artists of all ages who have disabilities to make arts and cultural experiences more accessible and inclusive. Together, they make art possible.

To learn more about APO, visit https://artpossibleohio.org/

Universe

Emily Sullivan Smith
Sep 25, 2021 – Apr 2022

Emily Sullivan Smith replicates the natural world with a new multidisciplinary installation. Following the events of 2020, Smith intimately observes what happens when there is an abrupt stillness of human activity and a quiet continuation of the ecosystem. Exploring ideas of permanence, change, and authenticity, these works memorialize a place and time both precedented and unprecedented in Earth’s history. They present hope in darkness and a path toward a future worth working toward.

Emily Sullivan Smith is an Associate Professor and Foundations Coordinator at the University of Dayton. Her studio practice is interdisciplinary including sculpture and printmaking, focusing on the effects of human behavior on the natural world. Sullivan Smith received her BFA and MFA from Kent State University. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States, and currently has work on display at the Akron Art Museum.

BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II

Oct 23, 2021 – Feb 27, 2022

Curated by Willis Bing Davis, BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II views all aspects of the Black experience as valid subject matter for creative expression. The visual voices presented in this exhibition are like griots – reflecting on the joy, pain, sorrow, visions, and hopes for today and tomorrow. BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II features over 25 artists from around the state, including many from Dayton and Springfield.

Davis is a world-renowned artist and curator having exhibited at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Renwick Gallery, the National Museum of Art of Senegal West Africa, and the United States Embassy Accra, Ghana. For over 40 years, Davis has dedicated himself to teaching art in a range of environments. He’s received numerous awards including Ohio Art Educator of the Year, and the highest art award in the state of Ohio, the Ohio Governor’s Irma Lazarus Lifetime Achievement Award.

BLACK LIFE as subject MATTER II has been made possible with generous funding from the Ohio Humanities Council and Arts Midwest.

75th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition

Jul 31-Oct 3, 2021

SMoA is thrilled to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Juried Members’ Exhibition this coming summer. Since 1946, this exhibition has highlighted the talents of member artists, both professional and emerging alike providing an outlet for all skillsets. Nearly 90 members from our region will be showcased in the exhibition, which has been juried this year by Joann Moser, Senior Curator Emerita at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Opening Reception Saturday, Jul 31, 5-7 pm

Honor the work of our community of talented artists with an opening reception including local food trucks, cash bar, live music, and art! Festivities start at 5pm, galleries open at 5:30pm.

Members Free | Non-members $5.

Enter the Cosmos: An Exploration of Art and Space

Jun 26, 2021 – Jan 2022

Enter the Cosmos: An Exploration of Art and Space celebrates the Springfield Museum of Art’s Smithsonian Affiliation which includes working with Smithsonian and NASA related space research sites. The exhibition anticipates the Oct 2021 launch of the new James-Webb telescope by focusing on artworks that relate to images collected by telescopes. Artworks from the permanent collection are joined by photographs and objects from Wittenberg University’s Weaver Observatory.