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After Dark at SBMA


Saturday, May 10 | 8:30 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. | $10 at the door

Join us for a special night of socializing and dancing in the Galleries. $10 at the door suggested donation to the Museum includes a complimentary drink from The Exchange Whiskey Bar. Cash bars available and DJ Chuck Fry will keep us happy on the dance floor! Enjoy new exhibits by Jake Webster and Michiko Itatani and the Mid-America Print Council Members’ Exhibition. The evening begins at 8:30pm with a relaxed ambiance in the Warner Gallery and heats up at 10pm when the DJ shifts gears to get the dancing started. Experience the museum in a new way, after dark!



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Through An Artist’s Eye

Recent Acquisitions to the SBMA’s Permanent Collection
May 24 – August 10, 2014 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Phyllis BramsonThe word “representation” suggests a likeness of something — in this case, an artist’s own translation of various ideas and concepts. Some of them are familiar while some are surreal. The works, primarily paintings, are of disparate styles, ideas, and mediums, but they all have one commonality: they are the artists’ representations of the world. Artists use their own lenses to show the viewer their own translations and perspectives of everyday and ethereal worlds.

The 8 artworks  in this exhibition are recent acquisitions to the South Bend Museum of Art’s permanent collection and include work by artists Phyllis Bramson, Sandra C. Fernandez, Adrian Hatfield, Cheonae Kim, Joe Matthews, Joseph Ruthrauff, and Guy Brown Wiser.


image: Phyllis Bramson, Breathing Lessons, 2008, Oil, mixed media and collage on canvas, 60 x 60 inches, 2012.4, Gift of the artist in honor of Herman and Esther Halperin.

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ND Alumni: Sculptors and Professors

June 28-September 28, 2014 | Warner Gallery
Reception/Symposium: September 19-20, 2014

The most often asked question to the University of Notre Dame studio faculty is, “What do graduates of your program do for a living?”

ND Alumni: Sculptors and Professors will feature the work of sculptors— alumni of the University of Notre Dame—who are both professional artists and professors.

The South Bend Museum of Art; Notre Dame Department of Art, History and Design; and the Snite Museum of Art have collaborated to present this exhibition, which will take place in both SBMA and Snite gallery spaces.

An exciting variety of sculptural forms will be featured, including figuration, abstraction, installation art, and earth works. Materials will also be far-reaching, ranging from the traditional (bronze, steel and ceramics) to the unexpected (paper, soap, coal, and grass). This variety will showcase contemporary sculptural practices and the exciting strategies that sculptors are utilizing to address themes and issues through three-dimensional forms.

ND Alumni: Sculptors and Professors will be supplemented with a full day symposium featuring panel discussions and presentations by participating artists, as well as keynote addresses by an art historian/critic specializing in contemporary sculpture, and an acclaimed international artist  (both yet to be confirmed). A printed catalog for the exhibition as well as a dedicated web site will extend the life of the exhibition well past its closing date.

Featured Artists:

Leticia R. Bajuyo
Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Neal Bociek
University of California, San Diego, CA

Derek Chalfant
Elmira College, Elmira, NY

Cambid J. Choy
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI

Isaac Duncan
Chattanooga State College, Chattanooga, TN

John W. Hooker
Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, MA

Chido Johnson
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Danielle Julian
Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH

Irina Koukhanova
Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH

Lori Miles
DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Molly Morin
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Tomas Rivas
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Phillip Shore
University of Dallas, Irving, TX

Miklos Simon
Columbia College, Chicago, IL


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Meet Me on the Island

MMITI-sponsorsHoward Scott

present the 2014 Meet Me on the Island events

Friday, June 6 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Island Park | Century Center

Featuring art on the island and music by Venitia Sekema and the LunaMadreBand

Join us for an evening on the beautiful St. Joseph Riverfront as we kick off summer with live music, local artists and festivities! SBMA and WVPE members will receive tickets in the mail (a benefit of membership). Tickets are otherwise $5; children under 12 are free.

Venita Sakima“She’s a little bit folk, a little bit blues and a whole lotta soul!”
Venitia’s vocal style is hard to pin down: Delta Blues to Uptown Jazz, Down Home Country to Modern Folk. Even with so much variety, the audience connects with what she has to say, since  she has the heart of a storyteller, and each person can find something in her songs that relates to their own life. She has been steadily winning over audiences around the Midwest and her music has been met with critical success and radio and internet airplay in the US, Canada and Europe. Both her first studio effort, Lucky Numbers and second, Hell On High Heels, were named one of the top 30 albums of the year by 88.1 WVPE Public Radio.

The LunaMadreBand includes Mike Caron, rhythm and lead guitar; Danny Dine, rhythm and lead guitar, and vocals; Kevin Leazenby, bass; Rusty Hardwater, percussion, guitar and mandolin; Venitia brings the sass!


Thursday, July 3 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Island Park | Century Center

Featuring art on the island and music by J R Clark and the All Star Blues Mob

JR ClarkGuitarist/Vocalist J R Clark and keyboardist Willie Styles have joined forces with legendary bass player Johnny B. Gayden and drummer Jerry “Bam Bam” Porter, to form the All Star Blues Band, a high energy band that puts out a big sound of house rockin’ Chicago Blues, Soul and even some Southern Rock to put a smile on your face and a groove in your step!

Dubbed “The Heir to the Fez,” a type of hat that is worn by Chicago Bluesman Lil’ Ed Williams, JR Clark pays homage to his mentor with his slide playing, showmanship and the high energy that his band brings to the stage. Drawing on other influences such as Luther Allison, Larry McCray, Magic Slim and Michael Burks to name a few, JR takes a little from each to forge a unique identity.

This is one very dynamic and versatile band that brings it every show!


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Window on the West

Views of the American Frontier

Organized by
Exhibits Development Group, USA


Ransom G. Holdredge (1836-1899), Sioux Camp in the Rocky Mountains, ca. 1880, oil on canvas,
42 x 69 in.

South Bend Museum of Art 2014 American Series
October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015 | Warner Gallery

Window on the West, a collection of Arthur J. Phelan, is an extraordinary examination of Western American art. It reflects the humble beginnings of America and the untamed land of its earlier inhabitants. The exhibition includes more than 60 works from artists who all share the rare characteristic of being one of the first to set eyes on the vast, untouched land of Western America.

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, Karl Bodmer, Alexis Jean Fornier, John Frederick Kensett, Peter Moran, and Frederic Remington, among others.

Stanley Arthurs (1877-1950), Cowgirl, ca.1915, oil on paper, 10 x 7 in.

Text 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 how the West was really won, and how much of this truth is actually reflected in a typical John Wayne Saturday matinee.     

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:

Window on West Sponsors


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Festival of Banners: HOMEgrown!

Festival of BannersWe’re gearing up for the 2014 Festival of Banners! All ages are invited to submit a design by April 30, 2014.  Your imaginative, original interpretation of this year’s locally-inspired theme, HOMEgrown, can fly high on a banner in downtown South Bend this August – October.

Learn more:

Download this brochure (pdf) for more information and an application.

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Conversations: Michiko Itatani and Jake Webster: Passages

March 22 – June 8, 2014 | Warner Gallery
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Itatani & Webster

images:  left: Michiko Itatani, Untitled, from Rain Maker RM-2, 2006, oil on canvas, 96 in. x 78 in.
right: Jake Webster, How to Catch a Hole, beechwood

The South Bend Museum of Art is proud to present, Michiko Itatani and Jake Webster: Passages, the first in a new exhibition series titled, Conversations.

The work of Michiko Itatani is expansive, both in size and scope. Her large scale paintings create vistas that envelop viewers and can practically be stepped in to. Theaters, libraries, and cosmic expanses compel exploration. Windows to other spaces and small canvases attached to the surface of larger canvases act like hyperlinks, propelling viewers to ever further reaches.

Itatani began her creative career with an interest in writing fiction and that narrative pull has continued in her artistic practice. Each of her paintings acts almost as a chapter within a larger narrative. However, Itatani does not paint her canvases with an overarching narrative in mind. She invites viewers to collaborate with her, inventing their own narratives as they explore the sights and spaces within her works. Itatani states:

“In my youth, I wanted to pursue writing fiction. I strongly believe in fiction’s ability to express the deepest truths. My conceptual process of painting is similar to writing a novel. After research and consideration, I make a series of paintings. Each painting could be compared to a chapter of a novel. I see my recent work as a series of fictions based on the human desire to reach out into the mental and physical space beyond our grasp–outward and inward. My fiction is incomplete, fragmented and under inquiry. Through this process, I am trying to come to terms with the complex reality of the 21st Century. And my vision stays pathetically optimistic.”

Jake Webster’s sculptures and collages develop symbiotically with his poetry. A master of the spoken word, each of Webster’s works contains a story. He views the act of making an artwork as a way to better understand himself and connect with others. Webster uses the tradition of direct carving and creates art to find those insights and explore them through sculptures, drawings and collages.

While often abstract, his work relates to the figure. It speaks about his community and the environment in which he lives. Webster states:

“I am so moved by the people that come into my life, our shared stories become the foundation and the synergy for making art in this BIG/SMALL world. No matter how simple the solution we will find a way to make it complicated. Art allows us to communicate with one another without becoming angry and upset or shouting and shaking our fist when the topics become difficult. When others around us are saying let’s be tolerant, Art says no, let us be respectful. Art helps us find that inner peace as we seek the tranquility in our physical world. Art allows us to dialogue when we feel good, and know it, within ourselves. Art builds the trust that feeds the soul so that one knows what is right.”

Michiko Itatani (b. Kobe, Japan, 1948)
Itatani has worked as a professor of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago since 1979. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Linda Warren Projects, Chicago IL; Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL; and Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL. Her work is included in internationally recognized public and private collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea. She has received the Illinois Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Itatani received a BFA in 1974 and an MFA in 1976 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


Jake Webster (b. Greenville, Mississippi, 1947)

Webster is a sculptor, mixed media artist, spoken-word performer and educator with decades-long involvement in the South Bend and Elkhart, Indiana arts community. He has exhibited throughout Indiana, as well as Chicago and New York City. Recent exhibitions include Kuaba Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN; and Artpost Gallery, South Bend, IN. His work is included in public and private collections such as the Crispus Attucks Museum, Indiana State Museum, and Ancilla College. As an educator, he has worked with developmentally disabled, middle school and adults, recently teaching in prisons as an art instructor to help the incarcerated consider new directions and changes in their life through art. Webster maintains a studio in Elkhart, Indiana and is the co-owner of Artpost Gallery in South Bend.


The Conversations series of exhibitions will pair 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.



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College Residency Exhibition

February 22 – May 11, 2014 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Grubbs, Harding

Shelby A. Grubbs and Michael Harding participated in the South Bend Museum of Art Summer Studio College Residency program in 2013.

Grubbs will graduate in May 2014 from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Studio Art and Design.

Harding  graduated from Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN with a B.A. in Studio Art in December 2013.

Laird: Carburetor-#3The Residents were mentored by Casey K. Lard, Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University – South Bend.

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.

images: top, left: Marcel in the Trenches, detail, mixed media on panel by Shelby A. Grubbs;  top right: Landscape, by Michael Harding, graphite on paper
above: Carburetor#3, Casey Lard, 2014, oil on panel

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Spring 2014 Mid America Print Council Members Exhibition


March 22 – May 25, 2014 Reception: April 4, 2014; 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Beauvais Lyons

Beauvais Lyons, Ornithological Quadrupeds: Nordic Hare Falcon≤/em>, 2013, Lithograph

Printmakers have historically brought innovation to fine art through the use of new technologies and creative approaches. This exhibition showcases the emergence of new ideas and inspired voices, articulated in the 45 printworks created by 40 members of the MAPC. Printmaking—whereby the artist creates a composition on a matrix and transfers it to a sheet of paper—encompasses a broad range of processes (media) from the ancient technique of woodcut to the recent use of digital tools. Nearly all processes are represented here; many incorporate more than one technique in the finished print, along with hand colored portions, including altered book pages. Artists utilize print media to express their critical practice, and that practice can range from a one-color print to an installation covering an entire building.  In this exhibition printmakers make use of the expressive aspects of a print media and print one or more layer on top of another in order to create complex meanings. This exhibition was juried by the Segura Arts Studio, which includes Joe Segura, Tamarind Master Printer and Director, Douglas Franson, Associate Director, Jill Lerner, Master Printer, and Jes O’Hearn, Production Printer.  Segura Arts Studio is located at the Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture on West Washington Street in South Bend. Formerly known as the Segura Publishing Company, the Studio has a 30-year history of collaborating with underrepresented artists—with a particular interest in Hispanic art—fostering relationships, producing original works of art and guiding artists into the mainstream art community.

“This was an important moment for those of us working in the Segura Arts Studio. The invitation to jury the 2014 Mid America Print Council exhibition gave us the opportunity to sit down and make decisions together about what works are significant.

Because this show does not have a theme, each individual artist was able to express themselves from their own conceptual foundation showing a diversity of ideas and techniques. The selection of work presented in this exhibition display intrigue, humor, and beauty.” – from the Jurors’ Statement


Ricardo Ruiz, Native Call; 2013; Multiple block relief print

The MAPC is a resource to educational and non-profit organizations, universities, and the public at large, providing for the exchange of technical and critical information on the art of printmaking. These goals are furthered through conferences and workshops; through the organization, display, and circulation of exhibitions of original prints, books, hand-made paper, and drawings; through newsletters, and journal articles; through awards given to those deserving special recognition for lifetime contribution to printmaking; and through research, study, and general enjoyment of the arts. MAPC membership is available to all, conference locations are limited to our conference states. The next conference will be in September 2014 in Detroit. Learn more about The MAPC at midamericaprintcouncil.org.

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Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

February 1 – March 1, 2014
Warner Gallery | Reception: Friday, February 7, 2014, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Presented by
The NW Indiana & Lower SW Michigan Region of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
South Bend Museum of Art and Friends of Scholastic Art Awards

Download (pdf) a list of the 2014 award winners.

Watch the WNDU video interviews!

For more than 90 years, The Scholastic Art & Writing Award program has sought to encourage, foster, and reward creativity in our nation’s classrooms and to confer recognition on emerging talent. Our region, which covers 18 counties, has participated for decades, beginning in the Tea Room of the former Robertson’s Department Store in downtown South Bend.

L.S. Ayres hosted the exhibition until the South Bend Museum of Art became involved. Today, the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition has become one of the best-attended exhibitions at the museum. Hundreds of visitors will see this exhibit, including those who attended the popular event, “Meet Me in the Gallery” scheduled for February 7, 2014.

The Scholastic Art Awards represents the most comprehensive national annual assessment of the creative spirit among American teens. Three core values have not changed since The Awards inception: freedom of expression, a blind adjudication process, and work criteria based on originality, technical proficiency, and emergence of personal voice.

Students in seventh through twelfth grade submit digital images of their work, which is juried by more than 50 jurors solicited from the local arts and education community. A process of “blind adjudication” is used, whereby judging is determined on a merit basis with only the art object under review, without any knowledge as to student identity (gender, race, background, etc.). Jurors are instructed to select artwork that excels in 1) Originality, 2) Technical Skill, and 3) Emergence of a personal vision or voice.

Regional awards are given in several categories:

• Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level.
Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.

• Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.

• Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.

• American Vision & Voice Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.

Digital images of all of our GOLD KEY Awards are sent on to National Adjudication in New York City. Award recipients at the national level are invited to participate in the Awards Ceremony held in New York City at Carnegie Hall, have their work shown in noted galleries, attend workshops, be considered for scholarships, and have their names included in the New York Times article covering the Scholastic Art Awards.



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