The mission of the Springfield Museum of Art is to collect, exhibit and preserve works of art for the benefit of all individuals, while encouraging the education and participation in, and the enjoyment and appreciation of the arts.
The Springfield Art Association was organized in 1946 by a group of concerned artists and citizens who felt a need for a visual arts facility in the community. Beginning in 1946, exhibitions were held, first in the buildings of supportive area businesses, and later in leased gallery spaces, until 1967 when the first component of the present facility was built. In 1951, the organization was able to offer art classes to both adults and children.
In December, 1952, the Association was formally incorporated. During those years, workshops were held with nationally recognized artists. When the Association was able to erect its own building in 1967, it was designed for the express purposes of exhibitions and educational programs. At that time, it was determined that a permanent collection of art objects would foster interest in the visual arts, as well as encourage excellence in the work of students enrolled in classes. The name was changed to the Springfield Art Center.
Museum Membership Program
Individual and Family Memberships
An individual or family membership in the Springfield Museum of Art offers a variety of annually renewable membership categories. All members receive the basic benefits listed below.
Benefits of Individual and Family Membership
- Free subscription to the bi-monthly “Museum News” newsletter
- Free subscription to the quarterly Museum Art School “Schedule of Classes”
- A members-only invitation to all Special Exhibition Previews
- An invitation to the annual Art Ball
- 10% discounts on Museum Gift Gallery items and Facilities Rentals
- Discounts on Museum Art School classes
- Reduced admission to the monthly “Cliff Rock Friday” music fests
Patron and Benefactor Memberships — Additional Benefit
· A Reciprocal Membership in other Ohio museums.