SPRINGFIELD, MO.- The Springfield Art Museum
announced the acquisition of 98 works of art to our permanent collection. These works range in media from original illustrations, to large-scale watermedia, to photography, linocuts, cartoons, and mixed media. Artists range from Pablo Picasso to local notables Rose ONeill, Bob Palmer, and Bruce West, to contemporary diverse voices, Romero Britto and Jordan Eagles.
Fifty-nine of the works are by Rose ONeill and were gifted to the Museum from the Rose ONeill Foundation. Fifteen of the 59 gifted works were recently on view in the retrospective exhibition, Frolic of the Mind: The Illustrious Life of Rose ONeill. The Rose ONeill Foundations generous gift substantially enriches the Museums small extant collection of ONeills work and will allow the Museum to continue to mount focused exhibitions about ONeill in the future, while also serving as a resource for researchers.
Thirty-one of the works are original cartoons by Robert Bob Palmer, Pulitzer Prize nominee and Springfields longest working political cartoonist. These works were the generous gift of David Snider. Two works are by former Museum director (1951-1977) and Watercolor USA co-founder Kenneth Shuck, gifted by Jerry-Mac Johnston. Two additional works by photographer and retired Missouri State University professor Bruce West were gifted by the artist.
The final four works by Pablo Picasso, former Watercolor USA Juror Rob Erdle, contemporary Brazilian artist Romero Britto, and LGBTQ+ artist and advocate Jordan Eagles were the gifts of Maureen Sando, John Cooper, and Robert Bohlen and Lillian Montalto, respectively.
These 98 works fulfill several of the Museums established collecting priorities including Art of the Midwest, Contemporary American Watermedia, and Contextual Acquisitions allowing for expanded interpretation opportunities for the existing collection and adding diverse voices and underrepresented communities to the permanent collection.
Curator of Art Sarah Buhr notes, These incredible gifts allow us to build deeper and more nuanced connections within the collection. The new Palmer acquisitions will be featured in a large-scale exhibition coming in 2020. The addition of Jordan Eagles work allows us to draw attention to fair and equitable blood donation policy issues faced by our LGBTQ+ community. Eagles work will be on view in the upcoming re-installation of the Museums permanent collection exhibition, Creating an American Identity, opening in January 2019.