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Instructor John Thompson

John E. Thompson holds his Master of Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design as well as a BFA from Indiana University and his AS in Commercial Art & Design from Vincennes University. He is a lecturer in Fine Arts at Indiana University South Bend and has taught art, design, drafting, and animation at Bethel College and ITT Technical Institute.
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Hall of Heroes Superhero Museum in Elkhart, Indiana and lecturers on the history of comic books and comic strips. He has exhibited his paintings throughout the area in juried competitions including the Midwest Museum of Art Juried Regional and has contributed comic strip work in a variety of publications including National Lampoon, The Seattle Scroll, and a monthly strip in Bloomington, Indiana’sBC Magazine, He currently is the artist of Dark Guardian Shepherd, a comic book written by Mark Henderson and published by Remarkable Comics.


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First Friday | Meet Artist Katie Hudnall

Katie Hudnall, Hardware Observatory,
photo by Taylor Dabney

Friday, March 3, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Artist Reception & Gallery Talk | Katie Hudnall will speak at 6:15 p.m.
Music by Eta Carinae, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free

It’s First Friday in Downtown South Bend and SBMA is hosting an Artist Reception for Katie Hudnall, including a gallery talk with the artist about the work in her exhibition, Tools for Problems Real and Imagined.

Tools for Problems Real and Imagined is a collection of furniture and tool-like objects that play with the idea of functionality by inventing solutions for problems that don’t exist, and carrying solutions for real problems to absurd or impossible ends. Both fanciful and impractical, the pieces invite the viewers to imagine equally fanciful contexts and potential applications.

Continuing in our Warner and Jerome J. Carmichael Galleries, is the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

Music by Eta Carinae

Save 10% in our museum shop, The Dot Shop.

Free refreshments provided by Granite City Food & Brewery.

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Instructor Megan Archer

As an instructor, I have been teaching the children’s ceramic classes for almost three years. I was born and raised in the South Bend/Mishawaka area and graduated from Marian High School and Saint Mary’s College. During my sophomore year in college, I took a ceramics class and fell in love with the medium. Now, my creative interests revolve around the world of 3-dimensional manipulation of clay and other materials. My artistic style has expanded since working at the SBMA with my new relationships with other artists. My inspiration comes from the natural world, most specifically the ocean and underwater world and dinosaurs, fossils, and ancient artifacts.  When I am not at the museum, I enjoy reading, knitting, and spending time with my family.  As a result, I created my own small business of selling pottery and knitted stuffed animals, more specifically small dinosaurs and blankets as well.  But most of all, I enjoy making pottery on the wheel and handbuilding with the kids, instructors and students in the studio at the SBMA.  

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Instructor Cathy McCormick

Garden Walk 2016


Catherine McCormick teaches pastels and drawing at the South Bend Museum of Art.  She is a docent at the South Bend Museum of Art and Snite Museum, Notre Dame.  She is founder and president of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, for which she coordinates shows, workshops and meetings.

She has won a number of prizes over the years, including first prize for pastel at Scottsdale Artists School, Arizona, and a special award from the Plein Air Painters of America.  She also won a merit award in the Great Lakes Pastel Society National Juried Show at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan.  She was featured in a national advertisement in the Pastel Journal in 2008.

Cathy grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and received a degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she studied art.  She has taken workshops around the country.  She worked as an editor, designer and artist in Colorado Springs and Phoenix before moving to Indiana in 2000.

My art

My interest in the landscape began on Sunday drives though the Wisconsin countryside as a child.  Today, I paint landscapes in pastel as a tranquil counterpoint to our busy urban lifestyles.

Why I teach

In the pastels class, we use colorful dry pastels to create vibrant landscapes.  In the drawing class, we use pencils to draw everything from still life to portraits.  Even beginners are surprised at how well they do.  We have a good time, and part of the fun is the creative process that produces tangible results of our effort.  It is rewarding and expressive.  Most people say the time flies by.

In 1986, I registered for an evening watercolor class at an art center in Phoenix.  The class was cancelled so I got my second choice, the pastel class.  Pastel turned out to be the best medium for me.  I took over teaching the class a few years later and I have been teaching since.  It has been a great learning experience.




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Instructor Birgit Scott

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Birgit Scott learned to knit at a very
young age, however, it was only one of many leisure pursuits then.  She
received a Fullbright grant and thus came to the USA, where she earned a
B.A. and married a now retired radiologist.  Settling in Mishawaka, IN., she
eventually obtained an M.S. degree in Secondary Education from IUSB and
later an M.A. in German Literature from Notre Dame.  She taught in the
Mishawaka School System and lastly at St. Mary’s College, from which she
retired in 1990.  Since that time she has attended numerous knitting
conventions around the country and taken classes from internationally known
knit designers and other exceptional knitters. She focuses on combining
unexpected colors and developing one-of-a-kind designs in wearable art.  She
has taught knitting over 10 years at the South Bend Museum of Art
and at other venues in this area and in several other states.  Her designs
have been accepted at several juried Fiber shows, notably at Interwoven
Expressions in Valparaiso and Fine Art of Fiber in Chicago.  Presently, her original
hand knitted items can be found in the Dot Shop at SBMA.
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Instructor Kathy Getz Fodness


I am a long time student turned instructor here at SBMA. I was introduced to pottery making in my high school art class and it was many years until I picked it back up as an adult. In January 2009 I took my first class at South Bend Museum of Art and have been here since. I have learned from many talented instructors over the years at the museum and have been excited to pass the knowledge and skill along for about a year now. I like throwing on the wheel and being a very practical person, my focus is                                                                     primarily on functional pottery.

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Instructor Katie Neece

Katie Neece is an artist living and working in South Bend, Indiana. Katie graduated from Indiana University South Bend in 2013 majoring in drawing and painting with a minor in art history. She teaches teen painting at the museum, and has been involved with the museum for two years. Katie was an artist in residence at SBMA in 2015.

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Instructor Diane Dorn

Diane reader Dorn received her Bachelor of Fine Art, Summa Cum laude, in painting and ceramics from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. She had the pleasure of touring and studying Art History in Greece. She has taught watercolor and encaustic painting at her studio in Denton, Texas and conducted painting and ceramic workshops. Dorn has juried yearly for Region 10 North and Region 10 South, North Texas Art Education Association’s annual Visual Art Scholastic Event.  Last year she was the juror for Fresh Ideas 2015, presented by the Visual Art League of Lewisville, Texas.
Dorn’s work toured with Some Like it Hot, an encaustic exhibition in Houston, Dallas, and Port Arthur, Texas, and was juried into ºDegreesº , an exhibition in Houston. Her work was part of the Global Swarming inaugural exhibit at Texas Discovery Gardens, State Fair of Texas.  Dorn exhibited her work at art4mation, a four woman exhibition at The Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, Texas. Dorn’s work was part of  Dallas Wax: Fusion, a juried exhibition at the PFamiliy Art Center, Plano, Texas as well as One Foot of Wax juried exhibition at North Lake College Gallery, Irving, Texas. Earlier this year, 2016, Dorn presented her watercolor and encaustic paintings to the South Bend, Mishawaka area during a solo exhibition at Gallery East, Mishawaka, Indiana.
In 2004, Dorn became the Presentations/Gallery Coordinator and Assistant to the Visual Art Director at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp, and Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan. She left Interlochen in 2012, to return to making art, her lifelong passion. She moved to Traverse City for one year to enjoy all that is culturally offered, including Lake Michigan shores and the breathtaking landscapes. Just steps from her log cabin on the shores of Duck Lake, she drew and painted the awesome surroundings. She relocated to Granger, Indiana in 2014. Dorn will be offering Encaustic workshops and  Encaustic painting classes at the South Bend Museum of Art!
Diane reader Dorn’s work is in corporate collections including Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, TX. and Texas Women’s University. She designed and painted a wall mural for Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center, Plano, TX.
Encaustic Work
Painting a raw surface of Birch wood from a palette of molten beeswax has captivated Diane reader Dorn’s interest in the ancient art of encaustic painting. Fusing pigments to the surface with heat and manipulating the wax to create soft and velvety surfaces or varying degrees of  texture, challenges her creative mind and seasoned skills to bring ideas to reality. Diane’s encaustic work follows three themes: messages that we receive and deliver, abstract compositions, and realism in landscapes.

Encaustics Workshop 2016


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Instructor Kari Black

Kari Stieglitz Black is a graduate of Ball State University. She is an adjunct professor of ceramics at Bethel College and a ceramics instructor at the South Bend Museum of Art.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the South Bend Museum of Art as well as Friends of the Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame.
She is Past President of the Northern Indiana Artists and is serving a second term as Vice President.
She has exhibited throughout the area in juried competitions including the Hoosier Salon Juried Annual Exhibition, Indiana Artists Juried Annual Exhibition, Midwest Museum of Art Juried Regional, Michiana Annual Art Competition, and Carnegie Art Center Juried Regional. Her work can be found in the Dot Shop of the South Bend Museum of Art, the Hoosier Salon Gallery in Carmel, Indiana, and Arts on Main, Elkhart, Indiana.

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Summer Undergraduate Residency

SBMA is currently taking applications for our Summer Undergraduate Residency.



A Unique curriculum of self-direction for fine arts majors enrolled in Indiana University and College art programs. Undergraduate residents receive studio space, attend workshops, and participate in critiques under the guidance of a residency mentor. Additionally, residents have opportunities to work with members of museum staff in various roles as they as they volunteer hours in our exhibitions, curatorial, and education departments to experience the inner workings of museum life. Lastly, all participants will be awarded a group exhibition in the museum’s Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery the following February.


Any college undergraduate enrolled in an Indiana university or college art program is eligible to apply. All college residents must reside in South Bend, Indiana during the months of June, July and August.


The Summer Studio College Residency program runs from June to August 2017. In exchange for participation in this program, all residents are required to volunteer a minimum of 5 to 8 hours a week at the South Bend Museum of Art. Volunteer hours/duties may vary. All residents must be on hand for our Meet Me on the Island events. Additionally, college residents will participate in an exhibition of their work in February 2018.


The South Bend Museum of Art is located in downtown South Bend, Indiana. You can find us in the Century Center located at 120 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, Indiana, 46601. Or, you may find us online at southbendart.org, where you can also obtain a downloadable application form.

For further program details/instructions, please contact:

Christyn Overstake, Curator of Education
E-mail: overstakec@southbendart.org
P: 574.235.9102

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

As of August 2016, the SBMA will no longer accept physical submission packets (this includes mailed CDs). All submissions should be sent via a Dropbox link.

Upload your materials to www.dropbox.com (free). Click the “share” link to share the folder with: overstakec@southbendart.org. If you do not have an account, go to www.dropbox.com to set up a free account.

All submissions are reviewed. If accepted, you will be notified via e-mail or phone. Please make sure to include contact information. Please do not call or e-mail to check the status of your submission.

Submissions should include:

  • Contact information
    • Name, address, phone & email address
    • College/University
    • Year of standing (All applicants must be returning to their institutions in the Fall)
    • GPA
  • Names, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) academic/professional references. (Please include a SIGNED letter of recommendation from one of these references)
  • 7 – 10 images of your current work (.jpg format)
    Vimeo links are also acceptable.
  • Image list (.pdf format)
    Please include title, year, media and scale for each image. Also, please include a thumbnail and/or file number so we know which image the information refers to.
  • Artist and/or curatorial statement (.pdf format) 
    No more than one page, please.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume (.pdf format)
    Please be sure to include contact information.

Residency runs June – August, 2017.


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