Soon, art projects will be displayed throughout Springfield — and other areas of Greene County — for the third annual city-wide art exhibition.
Lawn Art with Neighbors, or L.A.W.N., opens Saturday, April 23. The art exhibition isn’t limited to a single viewing space. Rather, the art is scattered throughout Greene County, made by community members.
As of Tuesday, 30 art projects have been registered for the exhibition, which include sculptures, paintings, video projections, podcasts and social practice projects. L.A.W.N. co-founder Shauna Smith said she expects that number to at least double, as registration closes Saturday.
For more information about registration and expectations, visit the L.A.W.N. Call for Participation webpage, sculpturewalkspringfield.com/sculptures/lawn-art-with-neighbors/l-a-w-n-artists.
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L.A.W.N. was established in April 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“L.A.W.N. was created as an effort to encourage art-making and viewing as a form of bolstering mental health and community building during stay-at-home orders,” Smith said. “Each year, we have new participants who make ingenious artwork. People in other towns have asked to join, resulting in expanding the exhibition county-wide.”
This year, L.A.W.N. includes art projects in Springfield, Republic, Ash Grove, Willard, Battlefield and Fair Grove.
In 2020, L.A.W.N. included 65 art projects and last year included nearly 75.
Stay-at-home mom April Stublefield has enjoyed L.A.W.N. since its start and is looking forward to creating something new and unique this year.
With the help of her 3-year-old Simon and 18-month-year old Isaac, Stublefield is creating a project on their fence, incorporating bags and a painting mat to create a maze. Flowers will be added to act as the objects going through the maze.
“(L.A.W.N.) has been huge for meeting people,” Stublefield said. “We chose to live in Springfield for a reason; we wanted to meet our neighbors, we like building community. This is just such a perfect project for that.
“I’ve also noticed that showing my kids what it looks like for me to be creative and try new things has been really valuable for them, and that’s something I’m excited to see grow.”
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Smith will also be hosting a site for the exhibition on her front lawn. She said her household, along with friends, will be displaying an abstract metal sculpture, ceramic figurative sculpture and a video projection that will be viewable at night.
The public art exhibition is organized by Sculpture Walk Springfield, the Springfield Art Museum, Missouri State’s Art and Design Department and the Greene County MU Extension Council.
The organizers encourage viewers to avoid entering private property and touching the art, but view art from the street or sidewalk and take photos. Photos can be shared on social media with the hashtag #LAWNSGF.
View the L.A.W.N. site map on the Sculpture Walk Springfield website, sculpturewalkspringfield.org/sculptures/lawn-art-with-neighbors.
Follow L.A.W.N. on Instagram @l.a.w.n.sgf for updates.