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    Biennial 28

    July 5 – September 27, 2015 Presenting a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest.

    ELIZA FERNAND Collecting Scraps

    July 11, 2015 - September 13, 2015 Reception at the South Bend Museum of Art: September 4, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


    Early July, 2015 - May 14, 2017 Sightlines is a collaborative exhibition between the Century Center and the South Bend Museum of Art featuring large artworks created by selected artists from the region.

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First Friday at SBMA

Fall Exhibitions Reception

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Friday, September 4, 2015  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk | Eliza Fernand  |  6:30 p.m.
Music by Eta Carinae | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Dot Shop featured artist Robijo Burzynski 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Join us for an evening of art, music and mingling as we celebrate three current exhibitions.

Begun in 2013, Sightlines is an ongoing collaborative exhibition between Century Center and the South Bend Museum of Art featuring large artworks created by artists from the Midwest.

Now in its 28th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 28 presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest.

Eliza Fernand  is a multidisciplinary installation and performance artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan utilizing photography and quiltmaking. Hear her speak about her exhibit Collecting Scraps in our Art League Gallery, 6:30 p.m.

Gallery CrowdExplore South Bend through the eyes youth participants of the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods (EYEN) program in this captivating photography exhibition.

Don’t miss the artwork of our permanent collection in the Community Gallery, then mingle and move to the improvised and experimental music of Eta Carinae from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Visit the Dot Shop and meet our featured artist Robijo Burzynski of Beadstichers by Jo. Shop for the perfect gift and 10% discount on purchases this evening!

Admission is free!

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Fall Classes at SBMA














Fall Art Classes begin the week of August 31. We can’t wait to see you in the studio!


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SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition 2015 – Call for entries


Exhibition Dates: December 4, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Reception: Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

The South Bend Museum of Art is pleased to sponsor an exhibition of work by its faculty and its adult and youth students.

Any faculty or student of museum classes from December 1,2014 – December 1, 2015 is eligible. Participants may submit one (1) work not previously shown at the museum. All submitted work will be exhibited. All media will be accepted. The largest dimension of the work must be 48 inches or less. A juror will select 18 award recipients. There is no entry fee.

SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition entry form and prospectus

Work should be delivered to the SBMA’s Community Gallery between Thu., November 19 – Sun., November 22, from noon – 4:00 p.m. Late work cannot be accepted — no exceptions can be made.  All work must be ready to install, labeled with an identification tag, and accompanied by a completed entry form (below). All work will be insured while on the premises. Work cannot be removed during the exhibition. All work must be picked up from the museum between Wed., January 13 – Sun., January 17, from noon – 4:00 p.m. The museum has limited storage space and will not be responsible for work not picked up during the scheduled return dates.

The reception will take place on Fri., December 4 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. All galleries will be open at this time. An awards ceremony will be held during the reception. Awards valued at $400 will be given to recipients selected by a juror.

All sales inquiries will be directed to the artist.

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Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods

South Bend Through the Eyes of Youth Citizens

August 29 – November 15, 2015| Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Gallery Celebration and “Kids Night Out”: Friday, October 2, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Explore South Bend through the eyes youth participants of the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods (EYEN) program in this
captivating photography exhibition.

EYEN2EYEN explores neighborhood and community engagement through photography, art, and literacy based activities with young people ages eleven to seventeen in South Bend. Created in 2011 by the Neighborhood Resources Connection, this ongoing program began with the belief that using photography to explore our city’s successes and challenges with youth would be a powerful means of instilling civic identity, local pride, and developing leadership in young people. Under the guidance of NRC Director, Diana Hess and University of Notre Dame Professors Kevin Burke, Stuart Greene, and Maria McKenna, the program has evolved over five cohorts of young people to include a variety of outlets for young people to engage with the community including a youth leadership council and an annual youth summit. Photography is a central focus of the program using “Photovoice” as a means for youth to document their own and other South Bend neighborhood experiences. Youth also use other mediums such as poetry, blocks, Legos, map making, drawings, readings, and guided discussions to provide opportunities for exploring the significance of taking ownership of their own lives and community and their own interconnectedness with larger social, economic, and political issues.

EYEN3The youth from the EYEN program are responsible for the current renovation of Kelly Park on Howard Street, the repair of a stretch of broken sidewalk in Monroe Park, and the development of a youth leadership council focusing on developing leadership tools in young people through studying demographics and patterns within our community. The youth leadership council recently researched the possible closure of the LaSalle Branch Library, located in the boundaries of the Lincoln Way West Gateway Neighborhood Association and wrote a powerful editorial imploring the Library Board to keep the branch open.

The photography from the Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods program has been displayed at the Colfax Cultural Center, The Civil Rights Heritage Center, and the DTSB Gallery. Youth from the program have also presented on the program and their work at four different national conferences on education, community based research, and place-based education across the United States.


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Biennial 28

July 5 – September 27, 2015 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 4 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Art League

Now in its 28th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 28 presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest. Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, this exhibition is an up-to-date dialogue of art happening in our own backyard. From hundreds of submitting artists, only twelve were selected by juror Staci Boris, Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), Elmhurst, Illinois. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist.

Biennial 28 artists are:

Juror Staci Boris has been the Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) since 2012. For EAM, she has organized such acclaimed exhibitions as Richard Koppe, Heidi Norton: Prismatic Nature, SpotLight, Inventory: The EAM Collection, Fragment: Sampling the Modern and Open House: Art About Home and coordinated the presentation of the recent exhibition Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday. Staci served as Senior Curator at Chicago’s Spertus Museum from 2004 to 2009, and was responsible for shaping and overseeing the museum’s exhibition program. She curated the inaugural exhibition The New Authentics: Artists of the Post- Jewish Generation and co-organized the exhibition A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, producing major publications for both. Staci served as a curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), where she worked for 12 years and organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions, including the first U.S. retrospective of William Kentridge, the first survey of John Currin, and the first solo museum show of Sarah Sze. At MCA, Staci was the Project Coordinator for the “12 x 12” exhibition series dedicated to emerging artists and served as Assistant Curator for the major Art in Chicago: 1945-1995 exhibition. Staci lives in Chicago and has an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Boston University, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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SightlinesWebJuly 6, 2015 – May 14, 2017
Reception at the South Bend Museum of Art: September 4, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Begun in 2013, Sightlines is an ongoing collaborative exhibition between Century Center and the South Bend Museum of Art featuring large artworks created by artists from the region. A national call for entries is announced every two years from which new artists are selected. Selection is based on the quality of the proposals, the harmony among the artworks, and how the selection committee can envision the work activating various spaces within Century Center. All artworks in Sightlines are located in or outside of Century Center, highlighting not only the artworks themselves, but also the voluminous space and distant lines of sight that are available throughout the building and grounds.

Sightlines provides a unique experience for chance art encounters for visitors to the Century Center, engaging them in a moment of artistic appreciation or contemplation — or even perhaps to challenge their preconception of “what is art?”

Current artists:


Past artists:
Maria Lux (Champaign, IL)
Mollie Oblinger (Ripon, WI)
Jake Webster (Elkhart, IN)



The DoubleTree by Hilton has provided all artist accommodations associated with Sightlines.      


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Eliza Fernand

Collecting Scraps

July 11—September 13, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Reception: September 4, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Eliza Fernand, Strange Banner Sunshine & Shadow, 2013, Repurposed fabric, machine-pieced & hand-quilted, 18 x 62 inches

Eliza Fernand is a multidisciplinary installation and performance artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Utilizing photography and quiltmaking, she will respond to the architecture of the Art League Gallery to create a thoughtful space of contemplation. Fernand is investigating the traditions and techniques of quiltmaking through interactive, collaborative projects:

“A quilt is a power object. A quilt is a sculpture and a painting. A quilt is a document of time and labor. A quilt goes to bed with you and keeps you warm, covered, shrouded, draped. In the past five years, I have pursued an obsession with quilts. I have traveled across the country and back to study how quilts are made, how they are used, and what they mean. The process of renewing discarded materials is significant to me, as I am recognizing and connecting the concrete and romantic histories these materials hold, as well as diverting fabric from the waste stream.”

Fernand founded and directs the visiting artist program at Shared Space Studio in Pentwater, MI, and teaches part-time at Kendall College of Art & Design Continuing Ed Department and Cook Arts Center in Grand Rapids. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006, her work has been shown across the country, and she is often traveling to participate in artist residencies and guest-teach.

Image: Detail of Strange Banner Sunshine & Shadow, 2013, repurposed fabric, machine-pieced & hand-quilted, 18 x 62 inches. Image courtesy the artist.


This exhibition is partially supported by the Doubletree, which will provide the artist with a complimentary room during her installation.

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Festival of Banners

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Festival of Banners 2015 is presented by the South Bend Museum of Art in association with Downtown South Bend and the City of South Bend.  Now in its ninth year, the program invites the community to celebrate the visual arts, encouraging participation from all ages and backgrounds.

Each spring, SBMA invites the community to design a banner that celebrates the arts.  This year, the museumSB-150_2014-web received over 400 entries and selected 80 designs to decorate our city.  Each banner represents a unique interpretation of this year’s theme, PAST…PRESENT…FUTURE.  Artists were asked to think about the spaces, places, and people that “shape” South Bend and then illustrate them.  The banner designs are on display from August 3,2015 through October 9, 2015 and are located on Wayne, Jefferson, and Michigan streets in Downtown South Bend.

This community focused project is brought to you by the South Bend Museum of Art with support from patrons Jerry Thoma and Meg Auth.  Special thanks to the City of South Bend and Downtown South Bend, Inc. for partnering and helping to facilitate this public art project.

Three age categories–youth, teen, and adult–allow fun for all. Designs are submitted small scale on paper. Jurors select designs based on creative interpretation of the theme, and use of color, pattern and line; the artists are then invited to paint their design on a 2 x 4 ft banner in the SBMA painting studios during the months of June and July.

Jurors’ Choice Awards are designated for three categories: youth, teen and adult:fob2015winners
1st Place: $100 cash, 1 year SBMA membership, 1 free art class
2nd Place: $50 gift card,1 year SBMA membership, 1 free art class
3rd Place: $25 gift card, 1 year SBMA membership, 1 free art class

This year’s winners:

1st: Aubrey Hittle
2nd: Jill Hunt
3rd: Amber Kish

1st: Andrew Orians
2nd: Emily Yoder
3rd: Sara Walker


1st: Abigail Donaldson
2nd: Grace Collins
3rd: Sam Villagra-Stanton

To see a listing of all 80 Festival of Banners artists and a map of banner locations, please click on the following link:

Festival of Banners 2015 Map

An awards ceremony and unveiling of the banners takes place on August 14, 2015, then the banners fly high for two months in downtown South Bend for the whole community to enjoy!


This program is made possible with the generous support of Meg Auth and Jerry Thoma and The Art League.


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Fire Arts Members Exhibition

A 10th Anniversary Celebration

May 23rd – August 9, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Fire Arts Collage

photos by William Healy

Fire Arts, a 3-D studio dedicated to the creation and appreciation of the three dimensional arts of sculpture, pottery, and jewelry, was founded in 2004 by a group of artists led by sculptors Lane Laffoon and Tuck Langland. In search of space to accommodate a small foundry, metal working, ceramics and a gallery area, they found a perfect fit in an abandoned building on the east bank of the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. It was owned by the City of South Bend, and on a list to be demolished. Instead, the City deeded the building to the group of 13 artists, who pooled their resources and sweat equity to renovate the building into a vibrant work and gallery space. Today, 40 artists are members of the not-for-profit cooperative.

In this anniversary exhibition, 18 are represented: Wayne Andrews, Doug Barton, Beau Bilenki, Jackie Carlson, Barry Davis, Yvonne Desrosiers, Kiva Ford, John Hagen, William Healy, Tom Henry, Elfa Jonsdottir, Doug Kile, Bob Kuntz, Tuck Langland, Kyoko Magari-Ball, Julie Neises, Dick Trench, and Emma Wang.

From ceramics and blown glass, to bronze and wood, the passion flows through these beautiful creations.



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Jack Kapsa

Recent Work

April 18 – June 28, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 | Gallery Talk at 6:30 p.m.

Kapsa- Farewell to Amber Bees

Jack Kapsa, Farewell to Amber Bees, 2014, Digital print , 13 x 19 inches

Kapsa: The-Crossing-Guard

Jack Kapsa, The Crossing Guard, 2013 , Digital print , 19 x 13 inches

Artist Statement:

The photographs are meant to be visionary, where reality has been transformed through the experimentation of alternate image making processes and the distortion of space, color and value. They serve one goal: to convey a poetic vision.

A carnival plywood figure with a cutout area for the customers face to appear through becomes a crossing guard for an imaginary train crossing. Small groups of people are waving in acknowledgement to bees captured long ago in amber. Even a seemingly straight photograph of a man reading on deck of a ship appears in distorted space.

Over the past nine years I have been exploring ways to bend or alter reality in my photographs. The resulting images are meant to convey the ability to travel to places where only the mind can take us.

I wish to thank the Lilly Endowment Inc. for the 2014 Teacher Creativity Fellowship grant that provided funds to help complete my recent work.

Jack Kapsa’s mixed media approach to his work incorporates photography and painting, using traditional and non-traditional dark room processes with digital image making to create surreal images. He earned his MFA at the University of Notre Dame and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. Kapsa is a photography instructor at St. Joseph High School in South Bend and was a recipient of a Lilly Endowment Inc.Teacher Creativity Fellowship grant in 2014.

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