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Brooke Thiele

A Fall to a Sea Called Home


February 3 – April 8, 2018
Project Room

A Fall to a Sea Called Home explores artist Brooke Thiele’s identity and heritage through pansori, a traditional Korean musical storytelling form. An excerpt from a larger epic-in-progress, this installation reveals layers of her story at various intervals, creating a multi-sensory and immersive experience.

Brooke Thiele is an animator, performance artist, and filmmaker. She was born in Teague, South Korea, and adopted at 9 months old by a family from Green Bay, Wisconsin. In 2004 she earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by an MFA in film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. Since then she has been a lecturer at UW-Milwaukee in the Film, Video, Animation and New Genres department. Thiele’s work spans several mediums including animations, performance art, even cake, and her themes generally explore the concepts of identity, the perception of memory and nature.

Find out more about Thiele and her work at brookethiele.com.

Image: Brooke Thiele, A Fall to a Sea Called Home, installation detail

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Lisa Marie Barber

Neighborhood Garden

January 13 – April 8, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018

For most of my professional career, I’ve created large-scale ceramic installations where passive figures occupy dense arrangements as if centerpieces to improvised shrines. While my aesthetic and process have stayed the same, I have cropped down the work over the years, making it easier to transport, install, and store—the mundane practicalities most artists have to consider. (And my getting older makes the change easier on my body!)

Regardless of size or medium—ceramic or fabric—my artwork is a reflection on life, home, gardens, peacefulness, playfulness, and celebration.

My aesthetic sensibility is rooted in Central American Folk Art and the Mexican Catholic shrines of my heritage and upbringing. For most of my childhood in Southern Arizona, this was the artwork I knew and I practiced making creations in similar ways. Whether it was through my novice interpretation or some forgotten informal training I received as a child, I came to believe that ornamentation and excess denoted value and importance. Materials weren’t required to be “fine” and tools were expected to be simple. Evidence of “the hand” (the maker) was never something to be self-conscience of or craftily removed. Throughout my life, I’ve remained loyal to this style of making.

My artworks, while not simple compositions, are simple in concept and method. At their heart, they serve as personal meditations on the ease, happiness, and beauty that outlines every day.

— Lisa Marie Barber, 2018

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona in a Mexican-American home. Like many artists, I made all sorts of creations for as long as I can remember, often inspired by the artwork of my heritage.

Before moving to Kenosha, WI in 2003 to begin my professorship at UW-Parkside, I lived in the California Bay Area where I taught ceramics and drawing at universities, art centers, and public high schools. I have always enjoyed teaching young artists while maintaining my studio practice. I am grateful to have an active career where I can do both.

While busy as the current chair of the UW-Parkside Art Department, I stay active in my studio and value being a practicing artist. My artwork has been featured in several publications including American Craft Magazine, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, 500 Figures in Clay, and multiple reviews. I exhibit my work nationally and have held Artist-in-Residence positions at the City University of New York-Hunter College in Manhattan, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in New Castle, ME, and the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. In addition to creating art, I am a passionate gardener and think of my garden as a living, interactive installation.

Learn more about Lisa Marie Barber at lisamariebarber.com

Image: Lisa Marie Barber, Girl, 2018, ceramic, 71(h) x 66(w) x 63(d) inches

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Scholastic Art Awards 2018

February 2 – March 10, 2018
Warner and Jerome J. Crowley Community Galleries
(Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m.)

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 4, 2018
Century Center | Convention Hall A
1:30 p.m.: Junior High  |  2:30 p.m.: Senior High

For more than 90 years, The Scholastic Art & Writing Award program has sought to encourage, foster, and reward creativity in our nation’s classrooms and to confer recognition on emerging talent. Our region, which covers 18 counties, has participated for decades, beginning in the Tea Room of the former Robertson’s Department Store in downtown South Bend. L.S. Ayres hosted the exhibition until the South Bend Museum of Art became involved.

The South Bend Museum of Art is now the affiliate for the Scholastic Art Awards’ Northwest Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan Region. This region includes the following counties: INDIANA counties of Benton, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Kosciusko, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Stark, White; and MICHIGAN counties of Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph.

The Scholastic Art Awards represents the most comprehensive national annual assessment of the creative spirit among American teens. Three core values have not changed since The Awards inception: freedom of expression, a blind adjudication process, and work criteria based on originality, technical proficiency, and emergence of personal voice. Students in seventh through twelfth grade submit digital images of their work, which is juried by more than 50 jurors solicited from the local arts and education community. A process of “blind adjudication” is used, whereby judging is determined on a merit basis with only the art object under review, without any knowledge as to student identity (gender, race, background, etc.). Jurors are instructed to select artwork that excels in 1) Originality, 2) Technical Skill, and 3) Emergence of a personal vision or voice.

Regional awards are given in several categories:

• Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level.
Approximately 5 – 7% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.

• Silver Key: Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

• Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.

• American Vision & Voice Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.

Digital images of all of our GOLD KEY Awards are sent on to National Adjudication in New York City. Award recipients at the national level are invited to participate in the Awards Ceremony held in New York City at Carnegie Hall, have their work shown in noted galleries, attend workshops, be considered for scholarships, and have their names included in the New York Times article covering the Scholastic Art Awards.

The SAA competition has strong positive impact in our community, showcasing the vast talent in our region, not only the talent of the students, but of the teachers and mentors who work with them to assure their excellence. Many young artists who have gone on to highly productive careers in the arts have received their first encouragement and recognition through the SAA program, which bolstered their confidence to pursue their dreams.

SAA is also the most heavily attended exhibition in the SBMA annual schedule (about 5000 visitors annually) and is intrinsically connected to our mission of supporting arts education for youth. There is not a single arts program for high school and middle school students which has the broad reach or lifelong educational impact of the Scholastic Art Awards and SBMA is committed to working with the local SAA board to keep it alive and vibrant in our region.

Presented by

Scholastic Art AwardsThe NW Indiana & Lower SW Michigan Region of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
South Bend Museum of Art and Friends of Scholastic Art Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholastic Art Award Recipients!

Click here for a list (pdf) of the individual awards.

Learn more about the Scholastic Art Awards!

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Scholastic Art Awards: South Bend Museum of Art
2017-18 Donors as of January 29, 2018:

Foundations & Major Contributors
Stanley A. and Flora P. Clark Memorial Community Trust Foundation
Jack & Yumiko Champaigne
South Bend Art Center Foundation
Walmart, Goshen, IN
Zilky Charitable Trust

Organizations, Corporations & Award Sponsors
Jim & Betsy Cooke
Docent Group of the South Bend Museum of Art and the Snite Museum of Art
Explore Media
Gurley Leep Automotive Family
Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art
Northern Indiana Artists
Northern Indiana Pastel Society
St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society
South Bend Hoosier Art Patrons

Visual Voices and Portfolio Award Sponsor
Department of Art, Art History and Design, University of Notre Dame

Scholarship Sponsor
Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend

In-Kind Sponsor
Ivy Tech Community College North Central

Contributions in Memory of June H. Edwards
Art League
Suzanne Cole
Phoebe Lykowski
Claudia Maslowski
Dr. & Mrs. J.R. Reineke
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Q. Stifel
Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Taylor
Susan Visser

Contributions in Honor of Lynda & Chuck Simon
Natalie & Paul Klein

Mr. & Mrs. John Anella
Dr. Kay L. Antonelli & Mr. Charles Loeser
Sidney & Don Arenz
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Beatty
Mr. & Mrs. William Becker
Patricia Bellaire
Lynn Blue
Dayle Brown & David Piser
John & Mary Ann Butkovich
Mary Jane Buzolich
Judith Chase
Rabbi Karen Companez & Howard Steinberger
Alice Crowley
Ron DeWinter
Sharon Donlon
Lucy & Kent Emery
Anne Feferman
Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Fredman
Betsy Fulnecky
Helen Geglio
Leslie Gitlin
Mr. & Mrs. Steven Goldberg
Steven A. Goldberg
Karen Jacob & David Cortright
Mary H. Jones
Jean Ketcham
Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey
Drs. William & Julia Knight
Ann Knoll
Brendan Kogiones
Charles F. Lehman
Kay & Bruce Marshall
Raymond McLein
Mr. & Mrs. Patrick McManus
William Randall Merryfield
Rose Marie Merz
Dr. & Mrs. Chris Norborg
Scott Peacock
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Phelan
Linda Sue Phillips
Monica Radecki
Julia Roesler & Fred Utroske
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. Doug Sakaguchi
Mr. & Mrs. L. Brown Sanders
Dr. & Mrs. William Sarnat
Gail Schroeder
Barry Shein & Cari Groman Shein
Susan Shields
Lynda B. & Charles S. Simon
Rod Spear
Jackie Stephens
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Swoveland
Ann Tideman
Brad & Katie Toothaker
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Vogel
Mr. & Mrs. Erik Waelchli
Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Welsh
Thomas Werge
Craig & Cyndy Wilson
Mark & Dawn Wobbe
Doreen Zisla
Anonymous Donors

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is generously supported by Scholastic Inc., the Maurice R. Robinson Fund, The New York Times, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Command Web Offset Co., the AMD Foundation, Blick Art Materials, the National Endowment for the Arts, 3D Systems, New York Life, Bloomberg L.P., Ovation, Amazon.com, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, the Bernstein Family Foundation, Duck Tape®, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and contributions from numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders.


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Katie Duffy & Eric Souther: Agentive Valley

March 31 – June 24, 2018
Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018
Katie Duffy and Eric Souther will participate in a gallery walk and talk, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Warner Gallery.

Duffy and Souther exhibition-image

The South Bend Museum of Art is proud to present, Katie Duffy and Eric Souther: Agentive Valley, the third in the SBMA’s Conversations series of exhibitions.

Technology in many ways works as an extension of ourselves, allowing us to offload memories, breach geographic boundaries, and traverse our world and galaxy with growing speed. As technology becomes more complex, the space between the digital and the physical continues to shrink, and unseen algorithms, codes and computer-based systems become ever more omnipresent in our daily lives and rituals. Popular dystopian-focused media depicts how this integration could lead to abhorrent consequences. Regardless of the outcome, technology will continue to evolve and alter the way we see and exist in the world.

Artists Katie Duffy (Chicago, IL) and Eric Souther (Mishawaka, IN) explore the agencies of digital intelligence and their interaction with the materials they use. Through video, digital fabrication, performance and new media, they bring to light the patterns, rituals and broad possibilities that exist in the space between the digital and the physical… the Agentive Valley. In this arena, the artists navigate topographies of varying realities in order to uncover a connective locus of individual and artificial intelligence. From this point, the artists begin to erode normative notions of what it means to be human.

Katie Duffy creates carnal and colorful transmedia mashups that protrude outside of easy definition and circle cheekily around deep issues of humanity. Drawing from an expansive and obsessively created “library” of code snippets and cad/cam forms, Duffy creates pieces that fuse the aesthetics of digital devices with anatomical forms. They have had recent solo exhibitions at Arlington Art Center Arlington, VA, and solo projects at Satellite Art Fair, Miami, FL. Recent group exhibitions of Duffy’s work include Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; School 33, Baltimore, MD; Space Camp, Baltimore, MD; and Hillyard Art Space, Washington, DC. Duffy is the founder of the Art + Code education initiative, Hack the Patriarchy, which was a 2016 Grit Fund Recipient. Duffy received their M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2014), and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL.


Eric Souther is a video and new media artist whom draws from a multiplicity of disciplines, including anthropology, linguistics, religion and critical theory. These investigations coalesce into works where ritual, materials, and technological assemblages form emergent systems. His work has been featured nationally and internationally at venues such as the  Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; and the Museum of Art, zhangzhou, China. His work has been screened in The Athens Digital Arts Festival, Athens, Greece; Cronosfera Festival, Alessandria, Italy; the Galerija 12 New Media Hub, Belgrade, Serbia; and the Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania. In 2016, Souther won the Juried Award for Time-Based at the international art competition, ArtPrize. He received his M.F.A. in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University (2011) and is currently an Associate Professor of New Media at Indiana University South Bend.


The Conversations series of exhibitions pairs a regional established artist with an established artist from outside of the South Bend community. It sparks discussion between the work of the two artists – examining parallels and dissonances, and provides an opportunity to exhibit some of the strongest artists working today, in the region and nation. Taking full advantage of the expansive Warner Gallery, Conversations also encourages artists to show larger, more ambitious work than might be possible in smaller gallery spaces.

(left) Katie Duffy, Hard C, Custom code, PLA, power strip, USB cable, LEDs, dimensions variable
(right) Eric Souther, still image from Search Engine Vision “ISIS”, single channel video, 2016, 6min 31sec, 1920 x 1080 HD

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2017 College Residency Exhibition

March 31 – May 6, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: April 6, 2018

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Alan Larkin

April 21 – July 1, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Women’s Caucus

May 26 – August 12, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Sandra Perlow

July 14 – September 16, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: September 7, 2018

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Saint Joe Valley Watercolor Society: Juried Members Exhibition

September 1 – November 11, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Teen Summer Art Camps

We are so excited to offer these education camps for teens to experience some of our unique studio spaces, meet great instructors and explore different media!!!

Check back in April for more details and pricing of all our youth camps.

Encaustics:  June 11-15
Instructor:  Diane Reader Dorn

Diane Reader Dorn has been an instructor at the museum since 2015 but is far from new to the art community.  Painting a raw surface of birchwood from a palette of molten beeswax captivates her and she is excited to share her enthusiasm for the ancient art of encaustic painting with you!! Join her this summer to explore this fascinating medium. 

See her full biography here.

Or visit Diane Reader Dorn ART 



Small Metals:  June 11-15 & June 18-22
Instructor:  Brian “Huts” Hutsebout

Brian “Huts” Hutsebout joins us this summer in our jewelry/metal studio. Huts works with metal, wood, and found objects in his sculptural pieces and brings that creative inspiration into the classroom. He has over 10 years of experience in youth and adult education and completed his M.F.A in Applied Craft and Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014.

Learn more about Huts at www.hutsebout.com


Ceramics:  June 11-15, June 18-22

Instructor:  Megan Archer

Megan Archer is a native of South Bend.  She has been teaching ceramics at the museum since 2014 and is also the Kiln Technician.  She has her art degree from Saint Mary’s College with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics.   Megan says, “teaching others and helping them discover a love of learning and working with their hands has also been a passion of mine for a long time.”  Join her this summer to advance your love of ceramics or begin a new journey of learning!

 See more of Megan’s work at Megan Archer Arts.



Dark Room Photography:  June 11-15
Instructor:  Krista Kuskye

Krista Kuskye has spent the past 9 years dedicated to photography. She earned her B.F.A. from Indiana University South Bend in 2011. Kuskye has exhibited her fine art work locally and overseas as well as having numerous photographs in personal collections.  An adult dark room student says, “Krista is a wonderful, nurturing,and dedicated teacher.  She cares about each student and makes you feel your mistakes are actually wonderful  accomplishments.”

Learn more about Krista at Kristakuskyephotography

Weaving/Fibers:  June 11-15

Instructor:  Kristen Elkington

Kristen Elkington has worked with fiber since 1997. Kristen brings her experience to the museum from being a student of weaving for several years.  She also teaches classes on knitting, weaving, and spinning. Kristen is currently working on starting a new career as a math teacher.  But her passion and joy for weaving remain infectious!

See one of her piece’s from the Student/Faculty Exhibition here.





Printmaking:  June 18-22
Instructor:  Lisa Helmholdt

Lisa Helmholdt has loved making art since her finger painting days. She earned her art degree from Saint Mary’s College. Lisa spent 7 years teaching art at Goshen High School in a variety of media and has taught summer classes at the South Bend Museum of Art for the past 4 years. Printmaking was one of her specialties at Goshen and she is very excited to share this summer with you!












1440 Press will join Lisa Helmholdt  to share with you the art of printmaking through their business.  Learn more about their business  at 1440press.  

Mixed Media:  June 18-22
Instructor:  Aubrey Hittle

Aubrey Hittle has won our Festival of Banners juried program for the past three years in the adult category.  Aubrey comes from an artistic family of musicians, photographers, painters and wood workers.  This has cultivated her love and talent for art.  She currently teaches at the museum in our youth department.

Follow her at AndAubreyWasStudio.




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