Since the early 2000s, the Dayton Printmakers’ Cooperative and Kyoto, Japan’s Gen Studio Group have shared artwork as part of an international print exchange. The show highlights a range of printmaking processes including etching, intaglio, silkscreen, and wood block relief.
David Knapp thoughtfully depicts scenes of labor in foundries through this series of colorful paintings. A foundryman and artist, he intimately understands the processes, machinery, and physical skills required of metalcasting. In his art, Knapp chooses to highlight the people who work in foundries recognizing that the buildings and machinery are stagnant without their dedicated labor. Beneath the Smokestacks seeks to shed light on efforts of the laborers while preserving the rich, industrial history of foundries. Each piece depicts a foundry from around the country including Cast-Fab Technologies in Cincinnati, Ohio and Springfield’s own, O.S. Kelly Company.
David is a 1959 graduate BSME from Lehigh University. In 1962, he began his foundry career in Pittsburgh, mastering the mechanics of manufacturing some of the largest steel castings in the world. After decades in shop operations, Knapp settled into business development and spent 18 years with a family-owned iron foundry in Calera, Alabama. Well beyond traditional retirement, David traveled much of North America on company business and combined his passions for foundry history and large industrial paintings. Since last Fall, he has retired but continues to pursue his passions full time.
Presented by ArtsAlive! and Springfield City School District
What happens when a school district embraces art, storytelling, and film?
The Liyana Project is the phrase being used by educators in the Springfield City School District to describe the infusion of art and narrative inspired by the documentary film, Liyana. Educators and students at Springfield High School, Shaefer Middle School, and Kenwood Elementary School chose to work together, and independently, on projects ranging from collaborative stories, short films and masks this year. The artworks are on display at the Springfield Museum of Art until June 29, 2020, in the Beach Gallery.
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.
Cowboys & Hatters seeks to expand the viewer’s understanding of the historical and sociological evolution of men’s hats through the exhibition of a vast array of authentic hats, related memorabilia, and photography. Ranging from cowboy hats, beaver fur caps, and classic top hats, among others, the show demonstrates the pivotal role hats have played throughout the centuries. Additionally, the exhibition includes insight into hat making processes. All works are from the collection of Dr. Debbie Henderson.
Dr. Debbie Henderson is the costume designer for the Wittenberg University Department of Theatre and Dance. In her work, Dr. Henderson researches clothing worn in other centuries and other countries while attempting to discover the attitudes clothing conveys and inspires. This interest prompted her interdisciplinary doctoral work on the history and manufacture of the man’s hat, undertaken through the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Henderson is the author of Cowboys and Hatters: Bond Street, Sagebrush, & the Silver Screen (Wild Goose Press, 1996), The Handmade Felt Hat (Wild Goose Press, 2001), Hat Talk (Wild Goose Press, 2002), and numerous journal articles.
Color Improvisations 2 is an international quilt exhibition curated by
Nancy Crow, one of the most celebrated and influential quilt artists
of the past forty years. The show features 50 large, improvisational
quilts by 43 artists from Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland,
Japan, Scotland, and the United States.
All of the quilts, made specifically for this exhibition, highlight the
artists’ ability to create abstract compositions on a large scale with
pieces measuring up to 90 x 90.” Each work was machine-pieced
and quilted, with many including hand-dyed fabrics that make this
collection of quilts truly unique. The Springfield Museum of Art is the
only U.S. destination to exhibit all 50 quilts in one venue.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Jan 4, 5:30-7pm
This solo exhibition features a range of works from Columbus, Ohio artist Nicki Crock. Through installation, sculpture, and performance, she explores issues of home and community as well as the role of place and transformation. Having lived in one home for the majority of her childhood, it wasn’t until her later teen years that she embarked on a nomadic lifestyle, searching to recreate a sense of the familiar while also embracing the differences of each new domicile. Her art reflects this push and pull, evoking at once a sense of nostalgia while also suggesting the excitement of the unknown.
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 5, 5:30-7pm
Ohio Designer Craftsmen: The Best of 2019, Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition showcases 88 contemporary works of fine craft by 74 artists, with sixteen pieces selected for awards of excellence. Now in its 35th year, the exhibition features a wide array of mediums, including textiles, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, fiber arts, glass, and furniture design. This year’s juror, Stefanie Kirkland, Director of Exhibitions at the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design, states, “Craft has a rich background of production and functionality alongside a means of expression…. In this exhibition, there are masterfully designed objects that introduce non-traditional materials and use traditional techniques in unexpected ways.”
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 5, 5:30-7pm
Athens, Ohio artist Wendy Cross creates large-scale oil on canvas paintings depicting contemporary culture and its relation to our past human history. The exhibition features a diverse selection of her works, including recently completed paintings.
Artist’s Reception: Sunday, Dec 8, 4-5:30pm
A longtime friend of the Museum, Randy Deer is a lifelong philanthropist dedicated to the arts as well as educational, social service, health, and youth organizations around the country. This exhibit showcases his artistic talent in a series of whimsical paintings that use color to evoke a place and time.