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Support the SBMA on May 9th!

Support the SBMA’s Educational Programming on Give Local St. Joseph County Day, May 9, 2017!

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host Give Local St. Joseph County, a one-day giving event, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Please designate the SBMA with your donation.

Every dollar donated on May 9 will be increased by a share of an estimated $2.4 million in matching funds provided by generous Give Local St. Joseph County sponsors. 75% of your donation directly supports SMBA programming; the remaining 25% will be matched and placed in the SBMA endowment at the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.

SBMA is the community’s Museum and endeavors to bring art to the community and the community to art. A variety of programs nurture the creative development of children and adults.

School programs welcome thousands of area 5th graders into the galleries for docent-led tours and into the studios for creative activities.

Family Days open the studios for exhibition related or seasonal hands-on activities.

Festival of Banners offers artists of all ages to design, paint and see their work proudly displayed throughout downtown South Bend.

Studio Classes in a wide range of mediums are offered throughout the year for all ages. We are constantly working both inside and outside our walls, tailoring programming to the unique needs of individuals and groups.

Your support makes this programming possible.

Here’s how to help:

  • On May 9, 2017, make an online donation at https://www.givelocalsjc.org/ of $25 or more designating the South Bend Museum of Art, using your phone, tablet, or computer.
  • mail or drop off a check to the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County dated May 9, 2017. Checks may be mailed to the Community Foundation (P.O. Box 837, South Bend, IN, 46624) and must be received by May 9, 2017.

Hand-delivered checks must be dropped off by 6 p.m. on May 9 at the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County office (205 W. Jefferson, Suite 610, South Bend 46601, on the northwest corner of Jefferson and Main Street). Checks must be made out to the Community Foundation Of  St. Joseph County; Be sure to indicate which charity or charities you wish to benefit in the “memo” line of your check. 

 

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Out of the Ashes:

Notre Dame Ceramic Art Symposium

April 1 — June 18, 2017 | Warner Gallery

Photo credit: Brandon Schwartz

For one week in October 2016 fourteen ceramic artists worked together in the Notre Dame ceramic studios.  In addition to making their own signature ceramic artworks, the artists interacted and collaborated with each other.

Sometimes collaboration occurs in the making of objects or through the sharing of glazes.  In the case of wood firing, there is no escaping collaboration.  Philosophically, the artists collaborate with the kiln, wood, and the ancient process.  Practically, they collaborate by putting their artworks within another artist’s kiln and by allowing others to fire their work.  Whether the artist wishes to acknowledge it or not, work realized through wood firing is never the product of one’s sole sensibility.

Photo credit: Brandon Schwartz

These artworks were fired within the Notre Dame anagama kiln, which is located at the Michigan studio of ND Professor of Art William Kremer.  In most situations, the preparation for a wood firing is more time consuming than the actual firing. This can require several days or weeks to cut, split, and prepare the wood for its use as fuel. The firing process lends itself to an amazing happening of sorts.  Aside from the tangible goals––accumulation of melting ash and temperatures reaching nearly 2400 degrees Fahrenheit––there is typically a rich range of creative interaction between the artists from firing strategies to aesthetic/conceptual discourse. The end result is a smattering of earthen tones and a ubiquitous patina over the work.

 Selected works created during the symposium and fired within the Notre Dame anagama kiln are the focus of this exhibition.

The fourteen participating artists are Bede Clarke; Keith Ekstam; Dale Huffman; Howard Koerth; Bill Kremer; Dick Lehman; Tony Marsh; Scott Meyer; Tom Meunick; Dan Molyneux; Lindsay Oesteritter; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson; Dennis Sipiorski; and Zach Tate. The artists generously lent their artworks to this exhibition and all artworks are stoneware, except where noted on the object label.

 The symposium was made possible in part by support from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame. The exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art is an expanded installation of the work that was recently on view at the Snite Museum of Art, including additional works, documentation of the firing process, and educational materials.

 

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2016 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition

Chloe M Dukes, Untitled, Illustrator, mixed media, 2017

April 1 – May 7, 2017 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

In the summer of 2016, the SBMA hosted a program that gave artists the opportunity to experience teacher training, arts administration and community art projects.  This year, the program focused on two fellows who worked with our curatorial and education staff.  As part of this program, the artists each contributed 8-10 volunteer hours per week (over a twelve week period) and gained valuable experience through their work with the museum’s summer programming. This exhibition features the work of Chloe M Dukes and Guerwin Weekes.  The work in this exhibition is representative of both the fellowship and work created up to the exhibit.

Guerwin Weekes,Killjoy and Pretend wife, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

The Summer Undergraduate Residency Program offers a unique opportunity of self-direction for fine arts majors enrolled in area Indiana university or college art programs. The program offers studio space, as well as a series of critiques, workshops, and volunteer opportunities to local college students. College residents work with members of our curatorial and educational staff. Additionally, a residency mentor provides focused conversation in a challenging environment. Residencies last during the summer months of June, July, and August. At the completion of the residency, participating students and residency mentor are awarded an exhibition in our Community Gallery the following February.

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2016 Undergraduate Resident: Chloe M. Dukes


Chloe M Dukes

B.F.A. Candidate, Indiana University
South Bend (May 2017)

Chloe M Dukes, Clowns, clowns, clowns!! Illustrator. 2016

Artist Statement

Although most people find it “boring” or “difficult”, I love politics, and anything that deals with the topic of socioeconomics, because it effects and relates to everyone despite race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. I’m often inspired by the blatant but also underlying truths and realties of politics, the things that are seen or known but go unsaid. I enjoy the use of vibrant colors, something that stops people in their tracks and captures attention.

This year I decided to incorporate glitter and sequins to give the view something “pretty” to look at although the piece may have an ugly or dark subject matter or may conflict with personal values or beliefs. I also enjoy the use of sequins and glitter when working on pieces that feature celebrities like Kim Kardashian who is the inspiration for Untitled (Liberty) or Donald Trump shown in my Clowns, Clowns, Clowns. To me the over the top decorations signify the glitz and glam that typically distracts the American population from their everyday, dull lives.

Chloe M Dukes, Untitled, Illustrator, mixed media 2017

The pieces I’ve worked on are large, because the topics I decided to showcase I feel shouldn’t be ignored. I want people to not only think, but also feel something when they see my work whether it’s anger, humor, enjoyment or even confusion. Art is about evoking emotion, feeling something.

I am currently working towards a B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design at Indiana University of South Bend. I want to thank my family, friends, friends of my family and teachers who pushed me to get to this point in my life; you’re the real inspiration. 

College Residency Statement

The South Bend Museum of Art Residency Program is an amazing opportunity for any college student to experience. It is time set aside in the to work with some truly talented local, professional artists to throw ideas around, receive feedback on work and develop ideas. As a resident, you have access to materials, studio space and pretty much all the museum has to offer. We had the opportunity to work the amazing museum faculty, to put together the type of show we wanted. Before this program I never really felt like an artist, I had never created anything I really loved, the South Bend Museum of Art College Residency Program changed that for me.

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2016 Undergraduate Resident: Guerwin Weekes

Guerwin Weekes, The Birth of Aubrey, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

Guerwin Weekes
B.F.A. Candidate, Indiana University
South Bend (May 2017)

Artist Statement

My name is Guerwin Weekes and I am one of the participants in last summer’s 2016 College Residency Program. This is my last year at IU South Bend in the drawing and painting program where I will be receiving my BFA and a minor in printmaking and sculpture. The program was a valuable experience in that it allowed me to progress further in my knowledge of waking with watercolors and also combing other medias in the process. I can honestly say that because I was fortunate in having gone through this program I have grown as an artist and as a person with the help and time spent with Christyn Overstake.

Guerwin Weekes, Killjoy and Pretend wife, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

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Robert McCann

Staged Revolt

April 15 — July 2, 2017 | Art League Gallery
Reception: May 5, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about his work beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Robert McCann, Whitefish Point Paradise, oil on panel, 72x48in, 2015

In my current series, popular wrestlers act as stand-ins for our transitory and ritual roles in society. I regard these densely populated works as singular visual contraptions, with tactile and optical elements having as much to do with painting’s abstract language as with representation and fiction. An analogy of being masked and exposed extends beyond the picture to the painting’s form. The process of constructing the large, time-consuming imaginative story paintings also lead to/ are complemented by smaller improvisational paintings and drawings that more directly reference footage of historical matches or play on other larger-than-life figures.

Robert McCann, Mystery Spot, oil on linen, 96x50in, 2017

Two overlapping interests define my current work: the intersection of role-playing, fiction, fantasy, and history; and the relationships between painting, time, and the body. History here includes interaction among characters portrayed in the ring over generations and in film by the likes of El Santo and Roddy Piper, as well as history accumulated in a process of layered, responsive making. Staging wrestlers in out-of-context relationships allows me to explore ideas like identity or stereotype while visually handling less nameable pursuits like the relation of bodies in space at a singular instance. The subject of pro wrestling presents a provocative tension between the real and unreal. Wrestling’s performers often portray characters based on their actual personalities, self-image, or heritage; and what is acknowledged to be artificial is acted out with real physical and psychological consequences, under a certain pall of inevitability. The wrestler’s position on the precarious edge of representation was articulated a half century ago by philosopher Roland Barthes in his essay The World of Wrestling. Barthes suggested that in the performance of popular wrestling gestures were “exploited to the limit of their meaning”. Wrestling’s story, for Barthes, was always portrayal of an insistently unfair societal system, and the occasional release into a mythic enactment of justice. In contemporary media culture that construct can be seen underlying how reality television is produced and edited and how news and politics are framed.

I’m interested in how ritual presentation of what the public wants and gets can be subverted in the visual terms of a painting, where collection of anecdotal information and its tactile production returns it to humane impurity. The reimagining process establishes a fundamental conflict in the painting’s status as a constructed, simultaneous moment made more implausible as its field of focus widens and as a meditation on the physicality of bodies that becomes more enduring at length.

I think of painting as a theatrical, time-based, and a sculptural media. I like art that rambles a bit.

–Robert McCann, 2017

Robert A. McCann is a Midwest-based artist and educator. Born and raised in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri, he received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2001 and subsequently pursued creative practice in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. Since that time his paintings have frequently dealt with the potential for metaphors in our byzantine mass media culture, and with the overwriting of epic and intimate events in the particular artifice of painting. McCann’s recent venues of solo exhibition include the University of Arkansas Galleries in Little Rock, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Florida. He currently shows his work with Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. McCann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Design at Michigan State University, where he leads the Foundations Area and teaches in painting.

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Summer Art Classes

Save the dates for Summer Art Classes for preschool through adult!

 


Summer Youth Camp Classes:

One Week sessions meet mornings (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) or afternoons (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) $160 
or stay all day and create your own camp $320
June 12-16
June 19-23
July 10-14
July 17-21

Click here for all the class information.

Art and Dance Camp:

July 10-14, 2017
Ages 3-5:  attend 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, $130
Ages 6-8:  attend 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, $145
Ages 9-11:  attend 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, $160

Dance and visual art join forces in this unique collaboration between two of South Bend’s cultural gems: Southold Dance Theater and the South Bend Museum of Art. Join us as we investigate the connections between movement and art-making. Campers will learn the fundamentals of dance and action-art.  More details to come.  Registrations held through Southhold Dance Theater.  Stay tuned!

Summer Adult Classes:

June 5-July 2
July 10-August 6
August 7-September 3
Adult classes meet once a week for your choice of 4, 8 or 12 weeks in a variety of media!  Workshops will also be offered.

Class details coming in April!

 

 

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BEST.LUNCH.EVER.
Lunch at the SBMA
with The Music Village!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
11:30 – 1:00 p.m. | Carmichael Gallery

Free Admission!

One of the many South Bend BEST.WEEK.EVER. events! Bring your lunch to the SBMA and enjoy music from students and faculty of  The Music Village! You will have access to all of our exhibitions and our museum shop, The Dot Shop.

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Summer Undergraduate Residency

SBMA is currently taking applications for our Summer Undergraduate Residency.

 

what?

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.

who?

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.

when?

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.

where?

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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Festival of Banners

Festival of BannersThe SBMA in association with Downtown South Bend and the City of South Bend presents Festival of Banners 2017. Festival of Banners promotes are in the community by inviting artists of all ages (over age 8) and skill sets to design a (small scale, see entry form) banner illustrating your interpretation of the theme, Beautiful Bugs! Submit your design by April 24, 2017! If your entry is chosen, you will be invited to paint your full size banner in the SBMA studios before their display in August on South Bend’s downtown streets.

Learn More about Festival of Banners.

FOB17 entry brochure (pdf)

 

 

This community focused project is brought to you by the South Bend Museum of Art with support from patrons:

Jerry Thoma and Meg Auth
Jack and Yumiko Champaigne.  

Special thanks to the City of South Bend, Downtown South Bend, Inc., and The Art League for partnering and helping to facilitate this public art project.

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