Bring L.A.D. Crenshaw Home!

In 1869, painter George Caleb Bingham painted portraits of Springfield residents Fanny and L.A.D. Crenshaw. After a century apart, the Springfield Art Museum has the opportunity to reunite these historic works of art. Please help us reunite Fanny and L.A.D. Crenshaw!

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Pledge Incentives


$1.00 Level

3 Supporters

Your gift of $1 or more will make an impact. Every donation of any size increases our project's momentum and takes us closer to our goal. Your name will be permanently recorded in the artwork's Donor File, documenting your role in bringing this historic painting back to Springfield.


$10.00 Level

7 Supporters

Your name will be permanently recorded in the artwork's Donor File, documenting your role in bringing this historic painting back to Springfield, You will receive a special "Thank You" from Fanny and L.A.D. Crenshaw.


$25.00 Level

8 Supporters

You will receive the incentives listed above, plus a special invitation to the L.A.D. Crenshaw Homecoming Celebration to be held Jan. 17, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Springfield Art Museum.


$50.00 Level

7 Supporters

You will receive the incentives listed above (for two people), including two special invitations to the L.A.D. Crenshaw Homecoming Celebration to be held Jan. 17, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Springfield Art Museum.


$100.00 Level

6 Supporters

You will receive all the incentives listed above, plus two special invitations to a pre-party reception with Rachael Cozad of Rachael Cozad Fine Arts on Jan. 17, 2014 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. A special “Thank You” in the Springfield Art Museum’s Newsletter.


$250.00 Level

1 Supporter

You will receive all the incentives listed above, plus your choice of a reproduction of George Caleb Bingham’s “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” or “Jolly Flatboatmen." You will also receive special invitations to Museum events in the coming year.


$500.00 Level

1 Supporter

You will receive all the incentives listed above, plus special recognition during the L.A.D. Crenshaw Homecoming Celebration, including your name listed on all signage and event programs.


$1,000.00 Level

0 Supporters

You will receive all the incentives listed above, plus a complimentary art book on the works of George Caleb Bingham.

Project Overview

The Springfield Art Museum is asking our community to help us raise $10,000 to complete the purchase of George Caleb Bingham's portrait of L.A.D. Crenshaw.

L.A.D. Crenshaw and his wife, Fanny, were early residents of Greene County and personal friends of Bingham. The famed artist traveled to Springfield in 1869 to paint their portraits. The portrait of Fanny was donated to the Museum in 1990, but the portrait of L.A.D. remained with the Crenshaw family.  The Museum has the opportunity to acquire L.A.D. and reunite the couple. These paintings are not only important works of art, painted by an important American artist; they are also a part of our community's history. L.A.D. Crenshaw came to Greene County with little but became one of the area’s most prominent residents. Fanny was a lover and supporter of the arts and painted china and watercolors. Both Fanny and L.A.D. are buried in Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield.

You can be a part of this important acquisition by making a gift today. Help us bring this important historic portrait back to Springfield!

Learn more about George Caleb Bingham here:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/33.61

St. Louis Art Museum: http://www.slam.org/highlights/works/12.html

George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonné Supplement of Paintings & Drawings: http://www.georgecalebbingham.org/index.htm

Updates

Thank you for your support!

Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring L.A.D. Crenshaw home to Springfield, MO! Please watch out for updates on the campaign by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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Help spread the word!

Thanks so much for helping us in our efforts. Help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity by posting to your twitter and facebook pages. Let your friends and followers know about L.A.D. Again, thank you for your support!

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The Springfield Art Museum recognizes the past and embraces the future as a collaborator and catalyst for the transformation of individuals and the community through art. The Art Museum is a vital partner in the economic development of the city and values collaboration. The Museum will actively cultivate the use of its facilities both interior and exterior as a cultural resource for its citizens through the continued expansion of its permanent collection, creative development and expansion of exhibitions and providing educational outreach to the citizens of Southwest Missouri.

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As a city department, the Springfield Art Museum continued to grow and find its permanent home in Phelps Grove Park with the largest gallery dedicated to Ms. Weisel. Today, the Springfield Art Museum continues to honor the legacy of the Art Study Group by expanding community outreach and introducing people of all ages to the beauty, wonder, and imagination of art.

The Museum is currently working to cultivate the use of its facilities as a cultural resource for Southwest Missouri, to expand its permanent collection, and to develop and expand its exhibitions while providing greater educational outreach to the community. We are stewards of the community’s most valuable cultural treasures, and the future of the museum and its programs continues to be brighter than ever. The Museum is always free, and you are always welcome.

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