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South Bend Selfie

March 21 – June 14, 2015 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

As part of South Bend’s sesquicentennial celebration in 2015, the South Bend Museum of Art will present an image of the current South Bend arts scene … as selected by the South Bend arts scene!

The South Bend Museum of Art has selected 5 individuals who are influential within the arts community. They have each selected 2 artists who they feel are making important work, and/or deserve a chance to shine. Those artists have selected an additional 2 artists each. In the end, artwork by 30 artists will be featured in the exhibition. The branching nature of the selection process will shed light on influences, friendships, and other complexities that help create the rich and varied arts culture of South Bend.

Artists include:
Justin Barfield
James Bellucci
David Cory
Gina Costa
Jean Dibble
Sarah Dolezal
Mary Fashbaugh
Helen Geglio
Nathan Henry
Ann Jagla
Jason Lahr
Kintae Lark
Gray Lyons
Raymond McLein
Jessica O’Hearn
Jeremy Pinckert
Larry Piser
Ramiro Rodriguez
Laurie Rousseau
Marcus Snowden
Bob Stahl
Nalani Stolz
Andrew Strong
Alessandra Sulpy
William Tourtillotte
Manda Vazquez
Mark Wenkus
Kay Westhues
George Williams III
Donald Willman
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SBMA College Residency Exhibition

March 28 – May 10, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 5, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Maclovio Cantu, The Performance, Linoleum print;  Kelly Stombaugh, The Dead Tree, Aquatint print encased in resin


Maclovio Cantú IV and Kelly L. Stombaugh participated in the South Bend Museum of Art Summer Studio College Residency program in 2014.

Cantú will graduate in May 2015 from Indiana University, South Bend with a B.F.A. in Printmaking. Stombaugh graduated from Indiana University, South Bend with a B.F.A. in Printmaking in 2014.
The Residents were mentored by M.T. Searle, an Artist, Educator, and Administrator who works between South Bend, IN and Chicago, IL.


MT Searle, “Mather Seerlo’s Campaign for Existence” Performance Art


The Summer Studio College 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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Biennial 28 | Call for Entries

Biennial27 Gallery

Installation image from Biennial 27 (2013), juried by Lisa Freiman, Senior Curator and Chair of the Department of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA)


Deadline for entry: April 12, 2015

For full details and to apply securely online,
please visit southbendart.submittable.com
or click on the button below.

Exhibition Dates | July 5 – September 27, 2015

The South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 28 will present a diverse look into contemporary artwork in the Midwest and is open to all artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The number of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. $1,500.00 in prizes will be awarded by the juror and up to $1,500.00 in purchase awards will be awarded by the South Bend Museum of Art’s Collections Committee. A color brochure of exhibiting artists will also be produced. There is a $30 entry fee to apply.

This year’s exhibition will be juried by Staci Boris. Staci 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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Sightlines 2015-2017 | Call for Entries


Deadline for entry: April 12, 2015

Exhibition Dates: June 20, 2015 – May 14, 2017

For full details and to apply securely online, please visit southbendart.submittable.com
or click on the button below.

The South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) is seeking large-scale 2D and 3D artwork for long-term display in Sightlines, a collaborative project between the SBMA and the Century Center. The two year exhibition will highlight 4 new artists alongside 2 current artists. Indoor and outdoor sites for the work are available and will be considered for accepted work.

Artist submission review and selection will be done by representatives from the SBMA and the Century Center.

$1000 stipend for each selected artist. A modest printed piece will also be produced.


Images from the current Sightlines Exhibition


top left: Jeff Boshart, Charleston, Illinois; top, right: Mollie Oblinger, Ripon, Wisconsin
middle left: Maria Lux, Champaign, Illinois; right: Ioan Florea, Shelbyville, Illinois and Jake Webster, Elkhart, Indiana
bottom left: Lea Goldman, South Bend, Indiana; right: Jeff Boshart

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Scholastic Art Awards After Party

After PartySaturday, February 28, 2015 | 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Warner Gallery
$5 at the door

Join us for the FIRST EVER After Party on the eve of the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition closing!

D.J.! Dancing! Photo Booth!

This event is for ALL High School Students in grades 9 – 12.

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Lesley Baker

New Natural

January 24 – April 5, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, March 6, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Gallery Talk with the artist at 6:15 p.m.


Sticky Situation, 2013; stoneware, earthenware, paper, wire, 17″x11″x5″

By using ceramics to represent preciousness, raw materials, and history, the various mutated natural forms are meant to ask the viewer to look more closely at the world around them. The animals and flora are the innocents not quite understanding the changes that are happening to them and around them. Much like how we are presented information through mass media, the true message is not always obvious. The uncertainty is if it is ultimately good or bad. -Lesley Baker

Lesley Baker is an Associate Professor at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and has also taught at UC Berkeley and the California College of the Arts. She earned her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. She has participated in numerous artist residencies, including the Archie Bray Foundation, the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency, the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Her work has also been published in numerous books including The Yixing Effect and The Best of 500 Ceramics and the newest editions of Ceramics and Print.




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Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition 2015

Scholastic Art Awards

January 31 – February 28, 2015
Warner and Jerome J. Crowley Community Galleries

Congratulations to the 2015 Scholastic Art Award Recipients!

View (pdf) a list of award winners.

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 2015 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 8, 2015 | Bendix Theatre, Century Center
1:30 p.m.: Junior High  |  2:30 p.m.: Senior High

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

Learn more about the Scholastic Art Awards!

Thank You to The Supporters of the Scholastic Art Awards Competition and Exhibition:

CONTRIBUTORS, 2014/15 (As of Jan. 22, 2015)


Arts Everywhere Initiative,
Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

June H. Edwards

Florence V. Carroll Charitable Trust Foundation



Café Navarre
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Cooke
Docent Group of the South Bend Museum of Art & the Snite Museum of Art
Indiana Michigan Power
Indiana Women’s Caucus for Art
Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc.
Kil Architecture & Planning
Lehman & Lehman, Inc.
Northern Indiana Pastel Society
Northern Indiana Public Service Co.
South Bend Hoosier Art Patrons
St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Anella
David Aranowski, CPA
Lynn Blue
Dr. Leslie Bodnar
Mary Fran Brandenberger
Marsha Brook
Dayle Brown & David Piser
Mr. & Mrs. Don Buczynski
Dr. & Mrs. Rick Burns
Mary Jane Buzolich
Mark Carney & Kristin Darder
Jack Champaigne
Judith Chase
Susan Cline
George C. Coquillard
Alice Crowley
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Deren
Bettie Dippo
Ann Divine
Michael Donlon
Sharon Donlon
Mr. & Mrs. Greg Downes
Lucy Emery
Georges Enderle
Kyle Everett
Mr. & Mrs. John G. Farrell
Helen Geglio
Leslie & Bill Gitlin
Maggie & Steven Goldberg
Lea Goldman
Richard Gray & Liz Garver
Diana Green
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Guentert
Mrs. James Hall
Dr. & Mrs. Walter Halloran
Sally Hendricks
Mary H. Jones
Ed & Julia Jordanich
Fred Kagel
Douglas & Marjorie Kinsey
Amy Kleinert
Drs. William & Julia Knight
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Lake
Tuck & Janice Langland
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Larson
Joan Laudeman
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Laven
Mr. & Mrs. Carl Littrell
Phoebe Lykowski
Kay & Bruce Marshall
Laurie &  Alexander Martin
Claudia A. Maslowski
Mary Ann Matthews-Derda
Ronald May
Anita McCombs
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence McHugh
Raymond McLein
Rose Marie Merz
Michelle & Juan Migliore
Robert L. Miller, Sr.
Ms. Rosie Mireles
Jeanne & Ron Monsma
Mary Ann Moran
Mr. & Mrs. Charles F. Nelson
Dr. & Mrs. Chris Norborg
Cheryl & Timothy Phelan
Charlene Plasschasert
E. Jack Reed
Annette & Steve Romans
Carol & Charles Rosenberg
Mr. & Mrs. L. Brown Sanders
Dr. & Mrs. William Sarnat
Katharine Schmidt
Gail Schroeder
Dr. Tom Seiffert
Barry Shein & Cari Groman Shein
Lynda B. & Charles S. Simon
Dr. & Mrs. Mark L. Smucker
Michael Sriver
Jackie Stephens
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stifel
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Swoveland
Mr. & Mrs. Laurence Taylor
Ann Tideman
Mr. & Mrs. Mike Tierney
Mary Jo Tompos
Posi Tucker
John Voorde
Linda Waelchli
Mrs. James Walton
Jackie & Tim Welsh
Judy Wenig-Horsell
Mr. & Mrs. Craig Wilson
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Witchie
Mr. & Mrs.Bruce Wolfe
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Wolosin
Lee Woodward
Harold & Doreen Zisla
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2014 SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition


December 5, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: December 5, 2014 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The annual SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition features artwork created by students and faculty who had enrolled in or taught a course at the museum during the past 12 months. Each artist was allowed to submit
one work and nothing was juried out. Only students were eligible for awards. 74 artworks by 74 artists are on view in a variety of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and fibers.
Juror’s Statement
I was pleased to be asked to select the awards for this annual exhibition of artwork created by teachers and students in the South Bend Museum of Art’s studio classes. From the works entered by the adult students, many showed technical proficiency, confidence, and understanding of the media. The landscape pastels were impressive, showing a freshness and an understanding of expressing the light and air in outdoor scenes.
It was a delight to see the creative (and sometimes whimsical) artworks produced by young artists in the South Bend Museum of Art’s children’s classes. I could see the clay squishing through fingers to form an alligator or a turtle or a beautifully coiled pot.  — Jackie Welsh



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Window on the West

Views From the American Frontier

Organized by
Exhibits Development Group, USA

October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015  Warner Gallery

Bierstadt Nebraska TerritoryWeb

Window on the West, a collection of Arthur J. Phelan, is an extraordinary examination of Western American art. The exhibition features 64 paintings and drawings by artists who were some of the first non-indigenous people to cast an eye over the western frontier. Artists represented in this spectacular exhibition include some of the greatest, most prominent American landscape and genre painters of the 19th and early 20th centuries, including:  John James Audubon, Albert Bierstadt, Frederick Remington, John F. Kensett, and Peter Moran, among others.

Hill Giant Geyser, YellowstoneText accompanying the exhibition states:

The works here offer a unique view of western development that differs from many of the more mythic interpretations that have ingrained themselves into America’s popular imagination. This is the West presented not as the stuff of legend so often displayed on the silver screen, but rather as a newly minted frontier seen through the eyes of those artists who personally explored the West and recorded on paper and canvas what they discovered. 

Loosely divided into three themes, the exhibition explores the ways in which America’s ideas of national identity became intertwined with, and expressed through, our visual conception of the western frontier. The section entitled “Natural Beauty, Natural Wonder” consists of landscapes sometimes painted to lure potential settlers with depictions of the wide open spaces, mountainous skylines, and geological formations foreign to the native scenery of the East Coast. Similarly, views depicting “Western Settlement and Development” attempted to convince potential settlers that frontier life, while still exotic, offered luxuries and security comparable to what they were leaving behind. A third section, “Images and Icons,” documents the people who came before and after settlement began to alter the raw natural beauty of the landscape.

This diverse visual anthology of westward expansion and settlement illustrates how certain art works are products of their social, political and economic contexts. Window on the West reminds us to think critically about westward migration in America and how much truth is actually reflected in a typical John Wayne Saturday matinee.

Images: Top:  Albert Bierstadt, Nebraska Territory Wasatch Mountains, 1859, oil on canvas;
Above, Thomas Hill, Giant Geyser, Yellowstone, oil on paper

The American Series is an annual event which shares, with our regional audience, the rich art history and culture of our nation. Represented in these exhibitions are many of the key artists and artistic movements responsible for creating an American art legacy. This will be the 8th year we have offered this series and it continues to gain momentum and respect in the community for the rich visual perspectives it offers on American art.

The South Bend Museum of Art’s 2013-2014 Exhibition Program is made possible, in part, with support from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County’s ArtsEverywhere Initiative.

With Support from:

Summit Sponsors

CFSJC+EI logos

 Peak Sponsors


 Pokagon Fund, TCU logos

Horizon Sponsors

Visit South Bend

InKind Donors

Shirks Pianodoubletree

Individual Contributions


Jan & J.C. Freiden
L. Brown & Mary L. Sanders
Lynda B. & Charles S. Simon


Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Bancroft
Lynn & Scott Blue
Jan Richard & Mary Reineke
Teri & Bud Stout


Richard Dennen
Marcia Rickard & Dennis Doordan
Anne Feferman
Gerber Family Fund
Jackie MacKenzie
Northern Indiana Artists
Studebaker National Museum (in memory of Bob Shields)
Carole Walton
Harold & Doreen Zisla


Judith Bock
Dayle Brown & David Piser
The Carriage House Dining Room
Joe & Joyce Dunfee
Robert and Peg Laven
M/E Design Services
Sam & Sherill Mirkin
Elizabeth Overmyer
Charlene Plasschaert
John & Nancy Pycik
Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Siberell
Meg Auth & Jerry Thoma
John Voorde
Tim & Jackie Welsh


George & Ramona Beamer
Mary Jane Buzolich
Judy Chase
Audrey M. Davis
Dagny M. Diamond
Sharon Donlon
Roy & Joy Grove
Harriet Hamer & Abram Bergen
Mary M. Jackson
Linda Sue Phillips
Ernest Reed
Mary Jo Tompos
William C. Whitman

Contributions in Memory of Robert C. Shields

1st Source Bank
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Anella
Bambers Superette
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brunner
John Charles Bryant
Janette Burkhart-Miller
Tom Casteel
Melayna Clark
Mr. & Mrs. James Cooke
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cunningham
Angela Dennig
Dr. Eleanor Eggers
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Emanoil
John Ester
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Gobdel
Cecilia Gobdel
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Greenberg
Carolyn Hardman
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Hulth
Indiana Trust & Investment Company
Dr. & Mrs. Jon Kintner
Natalie & Paul Klein
Corrie Klimek
Marme Kopp
Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Kuzmich
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Lake
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Larson
Cheryl Little
Claudia A. Maslowski
Anne D. McGraw
Mr. & Mrs. Michael McKinnis
Mr. & Mrs. Daryl Nakonezny
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel O’Donnell
Frank Perri
Mr. & Mrs. John Phair
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Price
Charles & Lucy E. Quaintance
Mrs. William Racine
Dr. & Mrs. J.R. Reineke
Dr. David & Mitzi B. Sabato
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Schmuhl
Mr. & Mrs. William Seybold
Mr. & Mrs. Harry S. Shaffer
Jean Whittemore Sharp
Tracy & Gretchen Shellabarger
Gregory Simpson
Brian Sittley
John Smarrella
Donna Snyder
John Steinmetz
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stifel
Ms. Sigrid Thanos
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Turnock
University of Notre Dame
Susan Visser  & Bron Janulis
Mr. & Mrs. Tsung Yeh

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Jason Cytacki

Small Vistas, Big Myths

Cytacki: Colorado

September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Artist Talk: Sunday, December 7, 2:30 p.m.

Read the review in the South Bend Tribune.

Jason Cytacki’s work focuses a critical eye on the much-romanticized period of the American Frontier and its continued place in the popular imagination. Epic western landscapes of the 19th century fed audiences’ desires for hope of an American Utopia, just as the heroic cowboys riding in to the sunset from 1950s cinema lured a new audience into longing for a simpler time. While inaccurate and inflated, these iconic images have become deeply entwined with the American perception of self.

Cytacki: Bear LakeFrom the artist’s statement:

“My interest lies in the tension between western art’s representation as both myth and reality, reflected in its often-ambiguous relationship with authenticity. By striving to both affirm and subvert our belief in these larger than life constructs I hope to redraw the mythic contours of our national identity to accommodate a more complete, truthful and tragic portrait.

…For portrait pieces I appropriate nostalgic images of cowboys from old western movies, and transform them through divergent painting techniques. Dripping expressionistic brushwork becomes tight detailed passages, which in turn dissolve back into loose, abstracted marks; in this way, the images of these iconic figures are simultaneously elevated and destroyed. Through this process, I suggest the mythic as well as tragic, fragile nature of these seemingly invincible heroes. Beneath the surface of these portraits lay doubt, remorse, and vulnerability, exposing the cowboy as an imperfect symbol for an imperfect time.

With landscape pieces, I aim to subtly subvert the traditional realism of the genre by emphasizing the artificiality of the constructed image. These paintings are derived from miniature dioramas made mostly of cardboard, which I have created and assembled to depict scenes directly referencing the utopian imagery of traditional western landscapes. By meticulously rendering the minute details of these cardboard assemblies with oil paint, I highlight the fabricated nature of these culturally constructed images. This body of work stems from my interest in the tension between western art’s representation as both myth and reality, reflected in its often-ambiguous relationship with authenticity.”

Jason Cytacki is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Oklahoma. Jason earned MFA from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, and now lives and works in Norman, Oklahoma. His paintings examine the American character and its construction through history, popular culture and mythology. Utilizing characters and images drawn from popular culture, he explores the way Americans view themselves and their country.

His recent work has dealt extensively with exploring Frontier mythology, in particular its continued importance in the popular imagination. He has been exhibited regularly and is represented in a variety of collections.

Images: above: Weminuche, 2013, Oil on panel, 36 x 48 inches; below: Bear Lake, 2013, Oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches

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