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Creativity Comes Alive at Springfield-Area Art Galleries & Exhibits

If you’ve got a passion for the arts, you’ll feel right at home in Springfield, Missouri.

The Queen City boasts a vibrant creative community, with a bevy of one-of-a-kind places to view, purchase and even express your own perspective through visual art. Head downtown once a month as local businesses open their doors for First Friday Art Walk. Or join the fun as over 100 artists from across the country converge on Walnut Street for Artsfest each May.

In addition to these beloved Springfield traditions, our city is home to a number of galleries and exhibitions that make it easy to experience the arts year round.

#1: Springfield Art Museum

1111 Brookside Drive, Springfield   

With a permanent collection of over 10,000 works, the Springfield Art Museum offers multiple ways for all ages to engage with the arts. Special collections include watercolor, art of the Midwest and printmaking, along with textiles and pottery from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Founded in 1928, the museum hosts numerous exhibits and events throughout the year and offers engaging art classes for youth and adults. 

#2 Sculpture Walk Springfield

In and near Downtown Springfield   

A museum without walls is the core principle behind Sculpture Walk Springfield. Public art plays a major role in rejuvenating our community spaces. Each year brings a brand new, juried collection of more than 20 sculptures in a wide variety of colors, shapes and materials. Sculptures remain in place from April through March of the following year. Perhaps the best part of all is you can enjoy your very own free, self-guided tour at any time, day or night!

#3: Pool Art Center Gallery at Drury University

940 North Clay Avenue, Springfield   

Located on the first floor of the Pool Art Center on the Drury campus, this gallery features works in a variety of media by regional, national and international artists. It also showcases APEX Senior Projects by Fine Art and Graphic & Digital Design majors every year in May. Exhibits are free and open to the public.

#4: MSU Brick City Gallery

IDEA Commons, 215 West Mill Street, Springfield.  

Located in the downtown campus of Missouri State University, the Brick City Gallery includes professional exhibitions along with student artwork. The gallery enriches the academic and cultural experience by expanding awareness of and accessibility to the arts. Exhibitions and programming emphasize trends in contemporary art and the significance of art to our society and culture. 

#5: Finley River Gallery in Ozark

100 East Elm Street, Ozark.  

Located on the south side of the square in downtown Ozark, the Finley River Gallery supports talented local artists in Southwest Missouri. It’s a great place to enjoy the range of creativity our region has to offer, with art shows open to the public throughout the year. They also host art competitions and offer classes for those who are interested in developing their own creative skills. 

#6: Formed Gallery

210 East Walnut Street, Suite 100, Springfield.  

This downtown gallery displays work from local artists using a variety of media. With an emphasis on promoting the careers of emerging artists, it’s an inclusive place for artists to exhibit and sell their work. Art education opportunities for all ages are available through a variety of workshops and classes.

#7: Fresh Gallery

401 North Boonville, Springfield.  

This cooperative gallery is home to over 20 juried members who are local artists right here in the Springfield community. Member specialties include painting, jewelry, sculptures, pottery, mixed media, woodworking, glass and photography. The gallery hosts special events and art classes, and a Friends of Fresh membership entitles you to a 10% discount on works of art and other special benefits.

#8: Hawthorn Galleries

214 East Walnut Street, Springfield.  

Established 1981, this two-level exhibition space showcases an ever-changing collection from local and nationally renowned artists. Featured works include paintings, prints, sculpture, glass and handmade jewelry. They also host rotating exhibitions by featured artists. 

#9: Hyde Gallery

1121 South Glenstone Avenue, Springfield   

After 30 years in business in downtown Springfield, Hyde Gallery relocated to Glenstone Avenue in 2021. Owner Jan Hyde is one of about 20 artists who showcase their work. The gallery is known for its landscape and abstract paintings, as well as sculptures in bronze, clay, glass and wood.

#10: The OH Gallery

214 West Phelps Street, Suite 101, Springfield.  

This leading art gallery in Southwest Missouri is part of renowned interior design firm and retail store Obelisk Home. It offers a wide array of local art and is a participant in First Friday Art Walk. Local art features prominently in design projects, and artists’ newest works are showcased both in-store and on social media.

#11: Springfield Pottery

416 South Campbell Avenue, Springfield   

This community clay center and fine craft gallery features work by owners Jennifer and Nathan Falter along with regional and national artists. Styles include raku, salt fired, wood fired, crystalline, pit fired, majolica, porcelain and more. Other pieces include jewelry, wood, photography, woven fibers and printmaking. The gallery hosts special exhibitions throughout the year along with classes for ages 16 and older, with no experience necessary.

#12: Waverly House Gifts & Gallery

2031 South Waverly, Springfield   

This longtime fine art destination is also well-known for contemporary American craft and its year-round Christmas room. Waverly features works by regional and national artists including watercolor, oil, pastel, ceramics, wood, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture and fiber art. The upstairs gallery hosts new exhibitions regularly including juried invitational shows throughout the year. 

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