• Artist Mixer

    Friday, October 7, 2016
    5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Mix and Mingle as we celebrate local artists with Art, Music, Treats and Libations!

    NIA Juried Exhibition

    August 27 – November 13, 2016 Art League Gallery
    Reception: September 2, 2016 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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Artists’ Mixer!

Friday, October 7, 2016 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy music by Eli Kahn with live visuals by Eric Souther 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Everyone is invited to Mix and Mingle as we celebrate local artists with Art, Music, Treats and Libations!

Call for Images! | Submit by October 3

Share your artwork with the South Bend Artist community!

We want to see what you’ve been making — and others do, too! During the course of the evening, we will show a slideshow of people’s artwork within the SBMA’s Warner Gallery. Each image will feature the artist’s name, image information and website if you have one.

If you’d like your work included as part of the slideshow, please do the following:

  • E-mail 1-3 jpeg images of your work to artistmixer@southbendart.org.
  • Jpegs should be around 1MB in size, 72dpi, and no smaller than 1280 x 720 pixels.
  • In the body of the e-mail, please include your name, title of the artwork, year it was made, media, size, and website if you have one.
  • All images must be received by Mon., October 3, 5:00 p.m.
  • The SBMA reserves the right not to include any images that are sent in an incorrect format, or that might not be appropriate for an all-ages audience.

Art Exchange! | Bring artwork to trade!

New rules this year! Previous Art Exchanges have been anonymous. This year, all artworks will be on display and visible to everyone!

Bring 1–3 artworks to trade (they can be print editions, multiples or originals). When you arrive, pins and binder clips will be available to tack your work up on a desigated wall. There will also be a table available for 3D works.

Before you leave, select a work or works to take home with you! Select one for each of the works you brought (if you brought 3, select 3)!

Be sure to sign your artwork(s) so the lucky person who selects it at the end of the night will know who created it!

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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. Learn more about ATA at americantapestryalliance.org.

Curious about how a tapestry is made? SBMA Weaving Instructor and ATA Member, Patti Jankowski, will be working on a tapestry in the gallery during the course of the exhibition. Return to see her progress, or visit during select prescheduled times to see her working — bring your curiosity and questions!
• Wednesday, July 6, noon–2:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, July 20, noon–2:00 p.m.
• Saturday, August 20, noon–2:00 p.m.

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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Art League Events 2016 – 2017


This series is a great opportunity to have fun and make new acquaintances
as you develop your interest and knowledge in the visual arts!

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Luncheon / Lecture Series 

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Zach Tate & Tom Bartel: Death and Taxes

July 9 – September 18, 2016 | Art League Gallery

Reception: September 2, 2016 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

PARENTS: Due to some sexually explicit content, we encourage you to preview this exhibition before visiting the gallery with young children.

For over 25,000 years, the human figure has been represented in ceramics. It is an inherently vital form and ideally suited for directly expressing the human condition. It is also what lies at the intersection of the work of artists Tom Bartel (Athens, OH) and Zach Tate (Goshen, IN). Whether exploring the various stages of life or subverting those in power, the figures they create ask us all to reflect on life’s certainties.

Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
— Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, 1789

Tom Bartel (b. 1969, Cleveland, OH) is known for his fragmented figures that take cues from a “shotgun blast” of influences ranging from antiquity to current popular culture. He received his M.F.A. from Indiana University-Bloomington. He has lectured, conducted workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, and has numerous publications to his credit, including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception as well as many other periodicals and books. Bartel is currently the Ceramics Area Chairperson and is an Associate Professor at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.


Tom Bartel, Figure About Hearts, 2014, Ceramic and mixed media, 26 x 12 x 12 inches


Tom Bartel, Ballerina, 2014, Ceramic and mixed media, 34 x 14 x 26 inches













Zach Tate (b. 1985, Springfield, MO) is a figurative sculptor and works at the University of Notre Dame as a visiting lecturer for the Ceramics Department and as the executive director of Goshen Youth Arts (a non-profit organization in Goshen, IN). He moved to northern Indiana in 2013 after finishing his M.F.A. from Texas Tech University. His work has been exhibited internationally, nationally and regionally. Along with exhibiting his work, he has been a visiting artist at several Universities and art centers around the world and works as an author for several ceramics publications. His writings cover experiences he has had organizing events, travelogues and exhibition reviews.

Zach Tate, Bernie, 2016, ceramic underglaze, glaze and oxides, 30 x 21 x 23 inches


Zach Tate, Golden Throne, 2016, ceramic with glaze and luster, 30 x 16 x 35 inches










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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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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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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.

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

2015 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  August 11, 2016 , 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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Northern Indiana Pastel Society


May 28 – August 7, 2016 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Sunday, June 5 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

10th Anniversary Exhibition: Milestones

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

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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NIA Juried Exhibition


August 27 – November 13, 2016 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: September 2, 2016 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Now in their 73rd year, a juried exhibition by members of the Northern Indiana Artists, Inc. (NIA) is sure to impress with the variety and quality of artwork currently being created by area artists.

The NIA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of contemporary creative art from the Michiana region. The NIA strives to raise the quality of work produced and the standards of the community. Its membership includes over 150 artists who have passed an independent jury process.

Learn more about the NIA at nia-art.org.

Images: (above) Diane Overmyer, Ducky (detail), oil on canvas; (below) Alex Allen, Man with the Guitar (detail), oil on panel



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