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Fire Arts Members Exhibition


Friday, May 29, 2015 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery | Admission is free
Join us in the galleries as we celebrate this exhibition featuring the work of 18 artist members of Fire Arts, Inc.

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Fire Arts Members Exhibition

A 10th Anniversary Celebration

May 23rd – August 9, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 29 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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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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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Eliza Fernand

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

Eliza Fernand is a multidisciplinary installation and performance artist from 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 founded and directs the visiting artist program at Shared Space Studio in Pentwater, MI, and teaches part-time at Kendall and Cook Arts Center. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006 and is currently investigating the traditions and techniques of quiltmaking through interactive, collaborative projects. Her work has been shown all over the country, most notably at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; College of Western Idaho, Nampa , ID; 65 GRAND, Chicago, IL; HATCH Gallery, Oakland CA; and galleryHOMELAND, Portland OR. Fernand is the co-founder and director of Shared Space Studio, a community art space in rural West Michigan.

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

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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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WPA Prints

The Amity Arts Foundation Collection


October 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Warner Gallery

WPA-Prints The Robert C. Shields 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 9th 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.

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Meet Me on the Island


present  Meet Me on the Island

Friday, June 5| 5:30 –9:00 p.m. | Island Park | Century Center
Featuring art on the island and music by Billy “Stix” Nicks and The Motown Machine

MotownMachineLet’s kick off summer with art, music, refreshments and mingling on the island! And who better to get our engines revving than Billy Stix Nicks and his Motown Machine! You’ll be dancing all night!

Admission $5 (kids under 12 get in free)
SBMA and WVPE members will receive tickets in the mail.


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Toast to South Bend Selfie


Friday, June 12, 2015 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Warner Gallery | 21+ | $5 includes glass of champagne

Toast to South Bend Selfie

Join us in toasting South Bend Selfie on the eve of the closing of this innovative exhibition featuring 30 artists representing an image of the current South Bend arts scene…as selected by the South Bend arts scene! In the adjoining galleries, see Jack Kapsa’s Recent Work, and the Fire Arts 10th Anniversary Exhibition.

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Meet Me on the Island-Again!


present  Meet Me on the Island

Thursday, July 2 | 5:30 –10:00 p.m. | Island Park | Century Center
Featuring art on the island and music by The Jim Pickley Trio featuring Priscilla Phillips with special guest jazz guitarist Bill Boris.
Admission $5 (kids under 12 get in free)
SBMA and WVPE members will receive tickets in the mail.


Meet Me on the Island

Let’s kick off the 4th weekend with art, music, refreshments and mingling on the island!

Meet the Music Makers!

Priscilla Phillips

Phillips, a South Bend native, has been performing on the local and regional circuit for over 3 decades. She performs as a soloist or with various trios, dance bands, and big bands from the local and regional area.  Her repertoire includes traditional and contemporary  jazz, R&B, standards and pop. She has studio credits with several commercials and artists’ recordings. One of the most noted is the “Alive With Pride” PSA.  She has also performed in local theater musicals such as Blues in the Night, Crowns, Nunsense II, and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Jim Pickley

Jim is an Elkhart, IN native and has been playing piano professionally for over 35 years. He earned his BM and MM degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with Karen Shaw. He then was musical director for a series of supper clubs in southern Florida. That led to five years of leading show bands on various cruise ships. Returning to Indiana, Jim has since been a private instructor, adjunct instructor and professor at various local colleges. Known throughout the region, he is one of the most sought out musicians. Jim has soloed with the Elkhart Symphony and plays in a variety of venues and for special events – as a soloist or with his own jazz trio. He has played with legendary “Jazz Giants” including  Franz Jackson, Clark Terry, Ed Shaugnessy, Bill Watrous, and Wynton Marsalis.  His current trio consist of Darrel Tidaback on bass and Dan Degucz on drums.

Event Sponsor: Visit South Bend

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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.
SB-150_2014-webCome 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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