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Summer Art Classes


Save the Dates! Summer Classes begin the week of June 13th!

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

Preschool – Teen
June 13 – 17 June 20 – 24 • July 11 – 15 July 18 – 22
One week sessions meet mornings (9:30am – 11:30pm) or afternoons (12:30 – 2:30pm)

Or stay all day and create your own camp!

Move, Make, Create! Explore! Art and Dance Camp
(ages 3 – 5)22July 6 – 10 July 13 – 17 at Southold Dance

Registration begins April 18, 2016

Members save 20% on tuition!

Adults: 8 – class sessions beginning the week of June 13h, 2016.

(If you are an SBMA member, at checkout enter code “MBR20off” for your 20% discount)

Email Julie Farmer at Farmerj@southbendart.org or call (574) 235-9102.


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Diana Guerrero-Maciá: Slow Blossoming (Minding The Gap)

April 23, 2016 — June 26, 2016 | Art League Gallery
Reception: May 6, 2016 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Diana Guerrero-Maciá will participate in a roundtable discussion with artists Krista Hoefle, Joe Meiser and SBMA Curator, Mark Rospenda | 6:30 p.m.


Slow Blossoming (Minding the Gap)

Where Medieval meets Modern, the gendering of materials and making collapse.

Referencing both pictorial symbolic elements of Flemish Mille-Fleur tapestries and the structural forms of Modernist art & design, I support how handcrafts’ revolutionary past continues to have a radical future. This installation is my attempt to reframe how the material making & displays of textiles, painting, and design can illuminate the inequalities of gender still present today. All the world, is all of us.

I expect the bleach (the job of the sun) to slowly punch holes in the night-sky

Here the sculptures echo the decimal-based forms of Cuisenaire Rods, a modern tool to teach children basic math and fittingly, a reference to the iconic American quilt patterns of Log Cabin & Basic Patch. The rational objects support and contrast to the psychedelic textiles. Embedded in the hand-stitched textiles are Signs – pointing to, in no particular order – Numerical Statistics of current Gender Pay-Gap discrepancies, Sentient Creatures, All-Seeing Eyes, Symbols of Dissent & Assent, Embedded Woodland Animals, The Hunt, Amusements, Alchemic Star Charts, and Signifiers of the Self.

Each sign is a yearHow long must we wait?

In observation of this spectacle, is a chorus, faces cut from Belgian portrait linen – the linen that held-up ten-thousand painted faces – spectrally dyed a light-absorbing black. Come red, come yellow, come blue {the Dutch would like this.} This is a triad after-all, a third space we must build.

A Greek Chorus – a collective voice, reveals what it sees

Diana Guerrero-Maciá

Diana Guerrero-Maciá is a multi-disciplinary artist. She works within the expanded fields of painting, textiles & design and believes craft is a way of thinking. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, created several public art commissions, received multiple grants and residencies including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and two fellowships at the MacDowell Colony. Guerrero-Maciá studied and was awarded fellowships at both Skowhegan School of Art and Penland School of Craft. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from Villanova University. She is currently an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son who both love riding bicycles with her.

image: Diana Guerrero-Maciá, Slow Blossoming, 2016 Installation detail.

Photo credit: Clare Britt

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An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse

An Evening of Poetry

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Friday, April 29 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Carmichael Gallery | Admission FREE

The South Bend Museum of Art (SBMA) has a long tradition of displaying fine art and providing opportunities for those living in our region a chance to explore and develop artistic talents.

We at SBMA believe that there may be a way for artists and writers (outside of local colleges and universities) to interact on a continual basis. That is, we would like to provide that contact—a venue where artists and writers can enjoy a mutually stimulating environment. Thus, the idea for An Ekphrastic Event for Sharing the Muse was born.

Area poets were invited to peruse the main gallery and discover a muse for a poem about a specific work of art. Ekphrastic writing is best described as “beautiful words about beautiful art”. It is our belief that visitors will find new insights to the displayed artworks having these verses to read, thus enriching their experience in the gallery.

Participating poets include:

  • Kari Stieglitz Black
  • De’ Bryant
  • Ming Washington
  • Alyse Chinnock
  • Thomas Christensen
  • Sonia Gernes
  • Craig Finlay
  • Joe Eggleston
  • Lori Sigety
  • Wayne Goodling
  • Frank Gray
  • Ali Henderson
  • Luis Lopez-Maldonado
  • Jon Homan
  • Jessica Maich
  • Phyllis Panozzo
  • Jan Seabaugh
  • Larry Thompson
  • Genevieve Trench

We aspire to continue the inaugural event and possibly expand opportunities for artists and writers to develop creative writing skills.

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Krista Hoefle and Joe Meiser: Screen Between

March 19, 2016 — June 12, 2016 | Warner Gallery
Reception: May 6, 2016 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Krista Hoefle
and Joe Meiser will participate in a roundtable discussion with artist Diana Guerrero-Maciá and SBMA Curator, Mark Rospenda | 6:30 p.m.


The South Bend Museum of Art is proud to present, Krista Hoefle and Joe Meiser: Screen Between, the second in the SBMA’s exhibition Conversations series.

What can we learn about our world by traversing a virtual one?

A screen often separates real from virtual worlds. Whether it is a computer screen, television screen, or VR headgear, our bodies exist on one side of it while the other side is free of physical constraints and allows for limitless possibilities. The screen between is the technology that acts as a porthole for viewing and exploring different realities and ideas.

The work of artists Krista Hoefle and Joe Meiser engages us in this between space, utilizing digital methods to either draw us through the screen or extract objects and sculptures from it. With virtual landscapes, 3-D modeling and printing, gaming structures, and interactive components, they ask us to reflect on our own humanity by looking through the porthole that today’s technology opens for us.

Krista Hoefle’s creative practice reveals underlying and unexpected aspects of videogame structure not apparent during game play. She is Associate Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN; has an MFA in Sculpture from the School of Visual Arts, Pennsylvania State University (1998); and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (1996). She exhibits her work nationally, and is represented by Aron Packer Projects, Chicago, IL. Recent solo exhibitions and screenings include Choose your own Adventure, artLab at the Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, MI; Parallel Tales, Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA; and RESPAWN: The Scourge at Rush Rhees, Sage Art Center & Rush Rhees Library Galleries, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. In 2014 her work was included in a 4-Disc DVD Collection of short form radical experimental and distributed by Facets Multimedia.


Joe Meiser utilizes traditional and digital sculptural media to examine conflicting narratives about mortality that come from science, philosophy, and religion, as well as great thinkers’ suggestions on how to lead a good life. He is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; has an MFA in Sculpture from Ohio University, Athens, OH (2006); and a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (2001). He exhibits nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions of his work include Historias de Creación, Destrucción y Deliberación, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico, in conjunction with the Universidad de Guadalajara; Final Causes, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX; and Transcribing-Transposing, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.


The Conversations series of exhibitions pairs a regional established artist with an established artist from outside of the South Bend community. It sparks discussion between the work of the two artists – examining parallels and dissonances, and provides an opportunity to exhibit some of the strongest artists working today, in the region and nation. Taking full advantage of the expansive Warner Gallery, Conversations also encourages artists to show larger, more ambitious work than might be possible in smaller gallery spaces.

(left) Krista Hoefle, Hidden Location I, 2016, digital print on wood, 20 x 20 inches
(right) Joe Meiser, Aristotle (Vanitas Series), 2014, digital print, created with Rhino 3-D and rendered with Keyshot, 30 x 40 inches


This exhibition is partially supported by the DoubleTree by Hilton, who will provide artist accommodations.



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First Friday at the SBMA!

May First Friday

South Bend Museum of Art | Downtown South Bend
Friday, May 6, 2016 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Conversations: Diana Guerrero Maciá, Krista Hoefle, and Joe Meiser

6:30 p.m. | Warner Gallery
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The South Bend Museum of Art is proud to present, Krista Hoefle and Joe Meiser: Screen Between, and Diana Guerrero Maciá: Slow Blossoming (Minding the Gap), the second in the SBMA’s exhibition Conversations series.

Join SBMA Curator, Mark Rospenda, as he invites you to participate in an open conversation with Krista Hoefle, Joe Meiser and Diana Guerrero Maciá about their current artwork on display.  We want to emphasize, this will be a casual, less formal walk through of each of the artists exhibits, and you are welcome to join in the conversation if you have any questions or comments. Conversations series of exhibitions pairs a regional established artist with an established artist from outside of the South Bend community. It sparks discussion between the work of the two artists – examining parallels and dissonances, and provides an opportunity to exhibit some of the strongest artists working today, in the region and nation. Taking full advantage of the expansive Warner Gallery, Conversations also encourages artists to show larger, more ambitious work than might be possible in smaller gallery spaces.

Images: Diana Guerrero Macia, Slow Blossoming, 2016 Installation detail; Krista Hoefle,Hidden Location I, Digital print on wood, 20’x20′, 2016; Joe Meiser, Aristotle (Vanitas Series), 2014, Digital print, created with Rhino 3-D and rendered with Keyshot, 30″x40″.

SBMA’s Volunteer Appreciation

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.| Carmichael Gallery:
Wine, champaign & appetizers
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.| Warner Gallery
White wine & desserts

We want to say Thank You! to all of our Donors, Volunteers and new members to the SBMA! Enjoy wine, champagne, appetizers & dessert while you visit our three current exhibitions, our Permanent Collection, and peruse the fine art for sale in the SBMA Dot Shop.

The Dot Shop will have extended hours until 9:00 p.m.


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THE DOT SHOP Artist of the Week

Peg Luecke is The Dot Shop Artist of the Week.

Peg Carney Luecke Duneland Descent Soft pastel

Peg Carney Luecke, Duneland Descent, Soft pastel

Peg prefers the medium of soft pastel for it’s luminosity, layering properties, control, and portability. “I am interested in that quality of light, particularly early and late, that infuses our everyday surroundings and renders them subjects worthy of artistic rendition; sunlight transforming the ordinary to the sublime,” says Luecke. A native of Brooklyn, New York, and Fordham University Alumna, she spent many years working as a graphic designer while raising her family. Now she is catching up with recording that light.

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Peg Carney Luecke, River Riverie, soft pastel

Stop by The Dot Shop to see Peg’s work.  Our hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m..

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Festival of Banners

Festival of Banners
Did you know that the state of Indiana is turning 200 years old this year? The South Bend Museum of Art wants YOU to help us celebrate by inviting you to participate in Festival of Banners 2016!

Now in its tenth year, the Festival of Banners promotes art in the community by bringing art to the public, and providing an excellent venue for artists of all ages and skill sets.

This year’s theme, Honest-to-Goodness Indiana! 
keeps in the community spirit by asking participants to think about all the spaces, places, and people that shape Indiana. We could not be more excited about this
Indiana-inspired theme, and we hope you are too!

All entries must be your own design. Works will be selected based upon creativity and how well the theme, Honest to Goodness Indiana!, is explored and expressed.

For submission details, please download the following brochure:

FOB16 Entry Brochure

All designs & entry forms must be submitted to the museum office no later than 5:00 p.m., April 25, 2016.

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

Last 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

An awards ceremony and unveiling of the banners takes place during the month of  August , 2016 (tbd), then the banners fly high for two months in downtown South Bend for the whole community to enjoy!

If you have any questions, please contact Studio Program Manager, Julie Farmer at farmerj@southbendart.org or 574.235.9262

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, Downtown South Bend, Inc., and The Art League for partnering and helping to facilitate this public art project.


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Arts in Bloom Garden Walk

Garden Walk Wednesday, July 6, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(rain or shine)
Artist Demonstrations
Complimentary refreshments

Visit gardens of individual style and unique design
on the south side of South Bend.

Tickets are $10 | Available the day of the walk, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at Southfield Village
6450 Miami Circle  South Bend, IN 46614

Sponsored by the Art League, with proceeds supporting ongoing projects at the SBMA.

For more information call 574.235.5968


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Northern Indiana Pastel Society

May 28 – August 7, 2016 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: TBD 

10-Year Anniversary Exhibition

Formed in the summer of 2006, the Northern Indiana Pastel Society welcomes artists from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. This juried exhibition celebrates the group’s 10-year anniversary, and will feature pastel paintings made by its artist-members.

A member of the International Association of Pastel Societies, the group’s purpose is to stimulate interest in pastels as an art medium and to encourage and support members in their artistic and professional growth. Members seek to form alliances, share information and enjoy camaraderie.

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American Tapestry Alliance: Biennial 11

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July 2 – September 25, 2016 | Warner Gallery
Reception: September 2, 2016 
| 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. 

Cristu. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

Gabriela Cristu, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, 59.05” X 74.80” X 0.40”, wool and cotton.

The international juried American Tapestry Biennial 11 is organized by the American Tapestry Alliance and will include work from around the world as selected by juror, Janet Koplos. The works selected for the exhibition highlight the variety of artistic expression practiced today in the medium of hand woven tapestry.

Janet Koplos is a freelance art critic currently based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a staff editor at Art in America magazine in New York City for 18 years and remains associated with the magazine as a contributing editor. She is the co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) and numerous other books and catalog essays.

The mission of the American Tapestry Alliance is to share and preserve the knowledge and practice of tapestry art by supporting, promoting and educating audiences about contemporary hand woven tapestry.

Anselm Late Voyage

Klaus Anselm, Late Voyage ,39” X 25”, wool on cotton warp.

Cecilia Blomberg, Point Defiance Steps, 36” X 50” X 0.50”, cotton warp, wool and linen weft.

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