Museum of Art Photography

In 1989, the name was changed again to the Springfield Museum of Art, to more accurately describe the manner in which the institution had been actually functioning for many years.The success of these early efforts was affirmed in 1974, when the size of the original facility was doubled to accommodate growth in each programmatic area. This was accomplished with a $350,000 fundraising drive. In 1977, the Museum achieved initial accreditation by the American Association of Museums, and has been re-accredited in both 1986 and 1999.

The Museum successfully completed a capital fundraising campaign, which raised $3.85 million, by the end of 1995; a new 20,000 square foot museum wing, and renovation of the existing 15,000 square foot facility was completed and opened to the public in December,1994. Additionally, the Museum concluded a successful endowment campaign at the end of 1999, which netted $3 million in future pledges. In 1977, the Museum received an outstanding collection of 19th and 20th century American and European works; this gift led to the formulation of the Museum’s collecting focus. The Museum has systematically added to the collection since that time through purchase and gift acceptance.

During 1991, the Museum became the beneficiary of a private trust, the annual income from which is designated for acquisitions; over $1,000,000 from this fund has been expended on new acquisitions since that time. The financial stability of the organization has always been of paramount concern to the Board of Trustees, and within the past five years they have been able to increase the market value of the Museum’s endowment to $3million. This financial stability has allowed the organization to grow from a few, dedicated volunteers to a staff of 7 full-time and 30-35 part-time employees. Our Services have extended to Orlando where we facilitate wedding photo booths Orlando Florida and have seized every opportunity.