Current Fundraising Initiatives
Historic Edwards Place Exterior Restoration
Built in 1833, remodeled in 1857, and home to the Springfield Art Association in 1913; Edwards Place has served as the Edwards family residence and center of Springfield's social scene, art gallery and classroom space, and now as historic house museum.
From 2013-2018, the home's interiors were completely restored to its 1857 appearance. We are now working to restore the exterior of Edwards Place to protect this work and the important artifacts the home holds, and ensure it's done with historical accuracy. The $350,000 restoration process will include:
Raku Patio Awning
Raku is an ancient Japanese firing technique in the ceramic medium. While the technique is popular with our students (see Horsehair Raku Vase by Danny Brikshavana top left) in the Prairie Earth and Fire Ceramics Studio, the raku kilns are not easily accessible. Raku firings must happen outdoors, due to their firey and smokey nature, and the SAA does not have a proper outdoor facility to fire in all weather, while keeping the kilns protected.
The creation of a permanent outdoor firing space for this type of ceramic process has long been a dream for the SAA School of Art and a concrete patio was included in the Centennial Capital Campaign plans during the 3D studio construction. Creating the proper cover for the raku equipment will allow our ceramics instructors and students to explore this process even further.
A permanent raku firing space would be the only one of its kind in the area;
a unique and very valuable resource for the entire community.
Have you attended Roasted: Hot Pots + Picnic? This is one of the SAA's major annual fundraising events (shown in bottom photo) and the completion of a permanent raku firing space will provide our event volunteers and attendees with an even better experience; RAIN or SHINE.
Help us raise the funds for this $95,000 project in hopes of using the new firing space at Roasted: Hot Pots + Picnic 2022!
SAA Collective Gallery
105 N. 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62701
Wednesday - Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM
SAA Main Campus
Main Office, Studios,
M.G. Nelson Family Gallery, and Edwards Place
700 North 4th Street
Springfield, IL 62702
Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 3 PM