Springfield Museum of Art

107 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, OH 45504 - United States

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The Springfield Museum of Art celebrates American art with a strong focus on Ohio artists - past to present. The Museum is located along Buck Creek and the Buck Creek Bicycle/Walking Trail in Veteran’s Park adjacent to downtown Springfield.

Exhibits

Discarded/Sourced feat. Mark Bradford (Through Oct 31, 2021): Highlighting objects from the permanent collection, this exhibition explores how artists use discarded and sourced materials to make art. Artists in this gallery include Purvis Young, Barbara Chavous, Angelo Ippolito, and Gus Lobenwein. Also, among the works in this exhibition is the large-scale Red Painting by Mark Bradford, on generous loan from the collection of Angela and Scott Crabill. The Springfield Museum of Art is thrilled to present Red Painting by renowned mixed media artist, Mark Bradford. On loan from the collection of Angela and Scott Crabill, Red Painting will be on display through the end of August as part of the exhibition, Discarded/Sourced.

Widely considered one of today’s most influential artists, Bradford is known for his large-scale paintings of printed materials and mixed media. Through his practice, Bradford explores the complexities of urban life including socio-economic, racial, gender, and political structures.

75th Annual Juried Members’ Exhibition (Jul 31-Oct 3, 2021): The Springfield Museum of Art 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.

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.

Nurturing Reverence (Apr 24 – Oct 31, 2021): Nurturing Reverence features environmental fiber sculptures created by Columbus artist, Char Norman. Combining found objects both man-made and natural, including fiber, paper, seed pods, and twigs, each sculpture serves as a relic and a tool to explore the symbiotic relationship between nature and humans.

Char Norman is an accomplished fiber artist specializing in papermaking and fiber sculpture. She received a Master of Fine Art from Claremont Graduate University and a Bachelor of Art from Scripps College. Throughout her career, Norman has lectured and exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In addition to creating, she has developed workshops for all ages, serves as a consultant to area schools and community art organizations, and has held the positions of Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty at the Columbus College of Art & Design. Currently, Norman works as a full-time studio artist located in Columbus, Ohio.

Groundwork (May 22 – Fall, 2021): In Groundwork, Chicago artist John Benton presents landscapes of overlooked, ordinary locations in a way that elevates them to places of intrigue. Each painting in this series serves as a conversation between the artist, the painting, and the landscape, portraying the extensive amount of preliminary planning Benton focuses on in his practice. Originally from Springfield, Benton and the Museum are excited to have his work featured in his hometown this summer.

John Benton is a practicing artist located in Chicago, Illinois. He received his BFA from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio and his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work has been featured in dozens of exhibitions, including group exhibitions at the Butler Institute of Art, The Swope Art Museum, and the Taubman Museum of Art. Additionally, his work has been displayed in juried shows at Prince Street, Blue Mountain, and the Bowery Gallery in New York.

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