Updated January 2, 2020
The Donald B. Palmer Museum of the Springfield Free Public Library is currently accepting applications from artists who would like to exhibit their work in the museum during 2019 and 2020. Applicants are asked to submit a current resume, 10 slides, prints, a CD ROM or computer files representative of the work and a stamped self-addressed envelope that will accommodate the return of submitted samples. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to increased use of the museum for library programming, sculpture cannot be exhibited at this time unless the pieces can be hung on the wall or displayed on wall-mounted shelves, with a limited amount of pedestal space also available.
The 36x50 foot Palmer Museum was opened at its current site in 1975. The Palmer Collection was started in 1939 when the Library Board of Trustees appropriated $25.00 to Springfield resident Donald Palmer to purchase pictures of Springfield. The collection grew to include historical mementoes, antique guns, toys, tools, glass & china, etc. Portions of the permanent Palmer Collection are on display throughout the year.
Since 1992, the Museum has provided space for the exhibit of art and historical works and for the presentation of cultural programs. During these years, the Museum has exhibited the works of many fine local and regional artists. Exhibits featured have included photography, sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass work, handmade paper and prints.