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First Friday at SBMA

Spring Exhibitions Reception

Friday, May 1, 2015  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk | Jack Kapsa  |  6:30 p.m.
Live Music | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

In honor of South Bend 150th celebration, South Bend Selfie features the work of 30 South Bend artists in the Warner Gallery, offering a glimpse of the current South Bend arts scene … as selected by the South Bend arts scene!

Meet artist Jack Kapsa and hear about his recent work on exhibit in the Art League Gallery.

See the prints of 2014 College Residents Maclovio Cantú IV and Kelly L. Stombaugh and their mentor M.T. Searle’s featured in the Community Gallery, then mingle and move to the improvised jazz, funk, blues, hiphop, and experimental music of Good Question from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Admission is free!

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Holiday Hours

The SBMA Galleries and Dot Shop will be open Noon – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 1; Thursday, April 2; and Saturday, April 4; closed Friday, April 3 and Sunday, April 5.


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Summer Classes at SBMA

Summer 15 Classes

Summertime at the SBMA is FUNtime!

What better time to spread your wings and explore the world of creativity!
Classes for all ages in a variety of mediums will be posted by April 15.

8-week session in a variety of media
Classes meet once a week.

Preschool – Teen
One week sessions meet mornings or afternoons
June 15 – 19
June 22 – 26
July 6 – 10
July 13 – 17

Art & Dance Camp (ages 3 – 9)
July 6 – 10  •  July 13 – 17 at Southold Dance
(Registration will be through Southold Dance)

Classes/Details will be posted and registrations accepted beginning April 15, 2015.

Members save 20% on tuition!



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Festival of Banners

Festival of BannersThe SBMA in association with Downtown South Bend, SB150 and the City of South Bend presents Festival of Banners 2015. 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, Past…Present…Future! Submit your design by April 27, 2015! 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.SB-150_2014-web

Learn More about Festival of Banners.

Download an entry form (pdf).

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South Bend Selfie

Photo courtesy of omg photography


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

Come enjoy a glimpse of the art scene of South Bend as curated by the city’s very own artists!

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

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

SBMA Curator, Mark Rospenda explains the goal of the exhibit: “To explore and celebrate South Bend’s arts scene as the city commemorates its sesquicentennial this year. And to do it unconventionally to allow for a more socially-driven and less institutionally-driven examination.”

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
SBSelfie Panorama
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Summer Arts Fellowship

SBMA is currently taking applications for our Summer Arts Fellowship.

Join SBMA for 10 weeks of artist residency, teacher training, and arts administration. Applicants must be recent college graduates (within one year) or be in their 3rd-5th year of college, working in the visual arts.

This three-fold residency cultivates the skills necessary for emerging artists.

Application Deadline: April 10, 2015
Fellowship runs June 1-August 8, 2015.

Read More & Apply Here

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Internships at SBMA, Summer 2015

Who: South Bend Museum of Art

What: Internship

Where: South Bend, IN

When: May 1 – August 1, 2015

SEEKING: individuals considering a profession in education, art, arts administration or not-for-profit administration. Internships require students to be innovative team players who can also work independently. An investment in art or education is a plus.

South Bend Museum of Art seeks qualified candidates for internship opportunities in the arts. We are a busy and growing organization and need team members with a profound commitment to quality, professionalism, and follow-through. Out of town students are encouraged to apply; we can connect applicants to housing support.

General Arts Administration Intern: This intern will have the opportunity to observe all aspects of non-profit management and gain insight into what areas might be a good fit for further study or career development. Experiences will include logistics and implementation of SBMA’s summer classes, children’s programming, outreach projects, and fundraising events.  The ideal candidate will be familiar with the issues facing arts and not-for-profit organizations including development, marketing, and branding.  Regular duties will include answering email/phone, online marketing, database management and research. This individual will work closely with the Assistant Curator of Education.

Video Intern: SBMA seeks a video intern, specifically for the Education Dept., preferably a student interested in working for the nonprofit industry. The student will have the opportunity to work with the different production stages of capturing, editing and producing video in iMovie and Premier, file sharing, converting, and video burning. The student will participate in the editing, organizing, and producing of all SBMA’s videos. It is preferable if student owns an updated computer with iMovie or Premier, as some work will be done from home, and SBMA has limited computer access for interns. Must be able to work on a timeline and meet deadlines. The student will also be responsible for managing SBMA’s YouTube site and preparing videos for Facebook and blogging sites.

Public Projects Intern: Join the SBMA team in our community outreach and youth engagement efforts. This intern will work closely with the Curator of Education to spearhead the 2nd stage of the Festival of Banners. The ideal candidate will be familiar with preparing canvases for painting, image transferring, mixing paints, and assisting students ages 8-adult. This intern will be required to have clear and pleasant communication skills in order to schedule studio time with many student, and complete light office work. Most of this intern’s time will be spent in the painting studio, so an interest in paint and youth is necessary. Must be able to stand/sit/bend for extended periods of time, must be able to lift 25lbs at one time. This position interacts with youths and their parents on a regular basis,  a friendly and welcoming personality is paramount.

NOTE: All internships with SBMA are unpaid, however we are happy to fill out paperwork in order for a student fulfill college requirements for internship credit, and write appropriate letters of recommendation upon internship completion.

To Apply, send the following materials to Hannah Fischer, Associate Curator of Education

1) Letter of interest and commitment
2) Resume
3) 3 References


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SBMA College Residency Exhibition

Three Printmakers

March 28 – May 10, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


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


In the summer of 2014, the SBMA hosted, for its eleventh year, a program that provided studio space and critical interpretation to area university art students. This year, the program focused on two residents working with curatorial and education staff as well as a residency mentor. As part of this program, the students and mentor each contributed five 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 Maclovio Cantú IV and Kelly L. Stombaugh (both of Indiana University, South Bend), as well as residency mentor M.T. Searle (Artist, Educator and Administrator). The work in this exhibition is representative of both the residency and work created upon their return to their respective institutions.

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.
M.T. Searle works between South Bend, IN and Chicago, IL.

College Residency

The Summer Arts Fellowship 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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