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Springfield Art Museum Launches Fundraising Campaign for the Crenshaws

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Art Museum has started a crowdfunding campaign to permanently reunite a husband-and-wife pair of portraits.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Art Museum has started a crowdfunding campaign to permanently reunite a husband-and-wife pair of portraits.

L.A.D. and Fanny Crenshaw were painted by artist George Caleb Bingham and were reunited at the museum after a century-long separation.

Now, the museum is looking to keep the couple together forever and hopes to purchase the portrait of L.A.D. Crenshaw, which is currently on loan to the museum via Rachael Cozad Fine Art in Kansas City.

According to the Crenshaws' descendants, the couple was personal friends with Bingham, who painted them as a pair circa 1869. They are buried in Maple Park Cemetery.

The museum has since raised more than $30,000 toward the $45,000 purchase price of the portrait.  A goal of $10,000 has been set and the museum hopes to raise it in the next 45 days.

All donations are tax deductible.

Major gifts to the acquisition have been made by the Southwest Missouri Museum Associates (SMMA), the McQueary Family, and Friends of the Springfield Art Museum (FOSAM).


The Museum will launch fundraising efforts via Cause Momentum beginning Nov. 1 and will host a reception and check presentation recognizing SMMA and other donors from 5:30-7 p.m., Nov. 14 at the museum.

Attendees will be able to contribute to the campaign that evening as well.  Those interested in participating can donate anywhere from $1 to $1,000 or more at this website beginning Nov. 1
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