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Out of the Ashes:

Notre Dame Ceramic Art Symposium

April 1 — June 18, 2017 | Warner Gallery
Reception: April 7, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Photo credit: Brandon Schwartz

For one week in October 2016 fourteen ceramic artists worked together in the Notre Dame ceramic studios.  In addition to making their own signature ceramic artworks, the artists interacted and collaborated with each other.

Sometimes collaboration occurs in the making of objects or through the sharing of glazes.  In the case of wood firing, there is no escaping collaboration.  Philosophically, the artists collaborate with the kiln, wood, and the ancient process.  Practically, they collaborate by putting their artworks within another artist’s kiln and by allowing others to fire their work.  Whether the artist wishes to acknowledge it or not, work realized through wood firing is never the product of one’s sole sensibility.

Photo credit: Brandon Schwartz

These artworks were fired within the Notre Dame anagama kiln, which is located at the Michigan studio of ND Professor of Art William Kremer.  In most situations, the preparation for a wood firing is more time consuming than the actual firing. This can require several days or weeks to cut, split, and prepare the wood for its use as fuel. The firing process lends itself to an amazing happening of sorts.  Aside from the tangible goals––accumulation of melting ash and temperatures reaching nearly 2400 degrees Fahrenheit––there is typically a rich range of creative interaction between the artists from firing strategies to aesthetic/conceptual discourse. The end result is a smattering of earthen tones and a ubiquitous patina over the work.

 Selected works created during the symposium and fired within the Notre Dame anagama kiln are the focus of this exhibition.

The fourteen participating artists are Bede Clarke; Keith Ekstam; Dale Huffman; Howard Koerth; Bill Kremer; Dick Lehman; Tony Marsh; Scott Meyer; Tom Meunick; Dan Molyneux; Lindsay Oesteritter; Ann-Charlotte Ohlsson; Dennis Sipiorski; and Zach Tate. The artists generously lent their artworks to this exhibition and all artworks are stoneware, except where noted on the object label.

 The symposium was made possible in part by support from the Henkels Lecture Fund, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame. The exhibition at the South Bend Museum of Art is an expanded installation of the work that was recently on view at the Snite Museum of Art, including additional works, documentation of the firing process, and educational materials.


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Robert McCann

Staged Revolt

April 15 — July 2, 2017 | Art League Gallery
Reception: May 5, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about his work beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Robert McCann, Whitefish Point Paradise, oil on panel, 72x48in, 2015

In my current series, popular wrestlers act as stand-ins for our transitory and ritual roles in society. I regard these densely populated works as singular visual contraptions, with tactile and optical elements having as much to do with painting’s abstract language as with representation and fiction. An analogy of being masked and exposed extends beyond the picture to the painting’s form. The process of constructing the large, time-consuming imaginative story paintings also lead to/ are complemented by smaller improvisational paintings and drawings that more directly reference footage of historical matches or play on other larger-than-life figures.

Robert McCann, Mystery Spot, oil on linen, 96x50in, 2017

Two overlapping interests define my current work: the intersection of role-playing, fiction, fantasy, and history; and the relationships between painting, time, and the body. History here includes interaction among characters portrayed in the ring over generations and in film by the likes of El Santo and Roddy Piper, as well as history accumulated in a process of layered, responsive making. Staging wrestlers in out-of-context relationships allows me to explore ideas like identity or stereotype while visually handling less nameable pursuits like the relation of bodies in space at a singular instance. The subject of pro wrestling presents a provocative tension between the real and unreal. Wrestling’s performers often portray characters based on their actual personalities, self-image, or heritage; and what is acknowledged to be artificial is acted out with real physical and psychological consequences, under a certain pall of inevitability. The wrestler’s position on the precarious edge of representation was articulated a half century ago by philosopher Roland Barthes in his essay The World of Wrestling. Barthes suggested that in the performance of popular wrestling gestures were “exploited to the limit of their meaning”. Wrestling’s story, for Barthes, was always portrayal of an insistently unfair societal system, and the occasional release into a mythic enactment of justice. In contemporary media culture that construct can be seen underlying how reality television is produced and edited and how news and politics are framed.

I’m interested in how ritual presentation of what the public wants and gets can be subverted in the visual terms of a painting, where collection of anecdotal information and its tactile production returns it to humane impurity. The reimagining process establishes a fundamental conflict in the painting’s status as a constructed, simultaneous moment made more implausible as its field of focus widens and as a meditation on the physicality of bodies that becomes more enduring at length.

I think of painting as a theatrical, time-based, and a sculptural media. I like art that rambles a bit.

–Robert McCann, 2017

Robert A. McCann is a Midwest-based artist and educator. Born and raised in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri, he received an MFA in Painting from Indiana University in 2001 and subsequently pursued creative practice in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. Since that time his paintings have frequently dealt with the potential for metaphors in our byzantine mass media culture, and with the overwriting of epic and intimate events in the particular artifice of painting. McCann’s recent venues of solo exhibition include the University of Arkansas Galleries in Little Rock, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the Ormond Memorial Art Museum in Florida. He currently shows his work with Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. McCann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Design at Michigan State University, where he leads the Foundations Area and teaches in painting.

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Spring Art Classes

Spring Classes begin the week of March 20th!

8 – class sessions for preschool through adult in a variety of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, jewelry, photography, weaving and more!

(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.

adult classesyouth classes






SUMMER ARTS FELLOWSHIP for College Students and emerging artists.

FAMILY EVENTS take place throughout the year.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS offer resources and opportunities for our community’s teachers and students.

OUTREACH initiatives bring art experiences to the community beyond our walls.


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Summer Art Classes

Save the dates for Summer Art Classes for preschool through adult!


Summer Youth Camp Classes:

One Week sessions meet mornings (9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) or afternoons (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.) $160 
or stay all day and create your own camp $320
June 12-16
June 19-23
July 10-14
July 17-21

Art and Dance Camp:

July 10-14, 2017
Ages 3-5:  attend 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, $130
Ages 6-8:  attend 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, $145
Ages 9-11:  attend 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM, $160

Dance and visual art join forces in this unique collaboration between two of South Bend’s cultural gems: Southold Dance Theater and the South Bend Museum of Art. Join us as we investigate the connections between movement and art-making. Campers will learn the fundamentals of dance and action-art.  More details to come.  Registrations held through Southhold Dance Theater.  Stay tuned!

Summer Adult Classes:

June 5-July 2
July 10-August 6
August 7-September 3
Adult classes meet once a week for your choice of 4, 8 or 12 weeks in a variety of media!  Workshops will also be offered.

Class details coming in April!



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Summer Undergraduate Residency

SBMA is currently taking applications for our Summer Undergraduate Residency.



A Unique curriculum of self-direction for fine arts majors enrolled in Indiana University and College art programs. Undergraduate residents receive studio space, attend workshops, and participate in critiques under the guidance of a residency mentor. Additionally, residents have opportunities to work with members of museum staff in various roles as they as they volunteer hours in our exhibitions, curatorial, and education departments to experience the inner workings of museum life. Lastly, all participants will be awarded a group exhibition in the museum’s Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery the following February.


Any college undergraduate enrolled in an Indiana university or college art program is eligible to apply. All college residents must reside in South Bend, Indiana during the months of June, July and August.


The Summer Studio College Residency program runs from June to August 2017. In exchange for participation in this program, all residents are required to volunteer a minimum of 5 to 8 hours a week at the South Bend Museum of Art. Volunteer hours/duties may vary. All residents must be on hand for our Meet Me on the Island events. Additionally, college residents will participate in an exhibition of their work in February 2018.


The South Bend Museum of Art is located in downtown South Bend, Indiana. You can find us in the Century Center located at 120 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, Indiana, 46601. Or, you may find us online at southbendart.org, where you can also obtain a downloadable application form.

For further program details/instructions, please contact:

Christyn Overstake, Curator of Education
E-mail: overstakec@southbendart.org
P: 574.235.9102

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

As of August 2016, the SBMA will no longer accept physical submission packets (this includes mailed CDs). All submissions should be sent via a Dropbox link.

Upload your materials to www.dropbox.com (free). Click the “share” link to share the folder with: overstakec@southbendart.org. If you do not have an account, go to www.dropbox.com to set up a free account.

All submissions are reviewed. If accepted, you will be notified via e-mail or phone. Please make sure to include contact information. Please do not call or e-mail to check the status of your submission.

Submissions should include:

  • Contact information
    • Name, address, phone & email address
    • College/University
    • Year of standing (All applicants must be returning to their institutions in the Fall)
    • GPA
  • Names, phone numbers and email addresses of three (3) academic/professional references. (Please include a SIGNED letter of recommendation from one of these references)
  • 7 – 10 images of your current work (.jpg format)
    Vimeo links are also acceptable.
  • Image list (.pdf format)
    Please include title, year, media and scale for each image. Also, please include a thumbnail and/or file number so we know which image the information refers to.
  • Artist and/or curatorial statement (.pdf format) 
    No more than one page, please.
  • Curriculum vitae/resume (.pdf format)
    Please be sure to include contact information.

Residency runs June – August, 2017.


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Festival of Banners

Festival of BannersThe SBMA in association with Downtown South Bend and the City of South Bend presents Festival of Banners 2017. 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, Beautiful Bugs! Submit your design by April 24, 2017! 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.

Learn More about Festival of Banners.

FOB17 entry brochure (pdf)

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Sightlines 2017-2019 | Call for Entries


Deadline for entry: April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST

Exhibition Dates: June 17, 2017 – May 19, 2019

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 3 new artists alongside 3 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. There is a $10 entry fee to apply.

$1000 stipend for each selected artist. A modest printed piece will also be produced.


Current and past installation images of Sightlines:

roger boulay

Roger Boulay, All That Glitters, 2015, used book covers, oil-based gold paint PVA glue

robert patrick

Robert Patrick, (8 acrylic on canvas tarpaulin paintings)

robert patrick

Robert Patrick, (8 acrylic on canvas tarpaulin paintings)

Richard Shipps

Richard Shipps, Paperika Revisited, 2015, white and painted Tyvek paper on metal grid

Lea Goldman

Lea Goldman (6 oil on canvas paintings)

Lea Goldman

Lea Goldman (6 oil on canvas paintings in the foreground)

Jeff Boshart

Jeff Boshart, THEB IV (Caution) and THEB III (Blue Note), both 2012 and welded structural steel tube, polychromed yellow and blue, respectively

Jeff Boshart

Jeff Boshart, THEB III (Blue Note) and THEB IV (Caution), both 2012 and welded structural steel tube, polychromed blue and yellow, respectively

Jeff Boshart

Jeff Boshart, THEB #3 (Obtuse), 2012, welded structural steel tube

Jeff Boshart

Jeff Boshart, THEB #3 (Obtuse), 2012, welded structural steel tube

Ioan Florea

Ioan Florea (6 pigment and resin fused on canvas paintings)

Heather Brammeier

Heather Brammeier, Rhyme, 2015, wood, paint, PEX, zip ties

Heather Brammeier

Heather Brammeier, Rhyme, 2015, wood, paint, PEX, zip ties

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Biennial 29 | Call For Entries


Installation image from Biennial 28 (2015), juried by Staci Boris, Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), Elmhurst, Illinois

Deadline for entry: April 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST

For full details and to apply securely online,
please visit southbendart.submittable.com.

Exhibition Dates: July 8 – October 1, 2017

The South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 29 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 in awards will be selected by the juror and $1,500 in purchase awards will be chosen by the South Bend Museum of Art’s Collections Committee. A color brochure of exhibiting artists will also be produced. There is a $20 entry fee to apply.

This year’s exhibition will be juried by Miranda Lash. Lash is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum. At the Speed Lash oversees the contemporary department’s exhibitions, programming, collection, and acquisitions, as well as commissions for the Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park. Prior to the Speed, Lash was the founding curator of modern and contemporary art at the New Orleans Museum of Art from 2008 to 2014. At NOMA she organized over twenty exhibitions, including the traveling retrospective exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch; Swoon: Thalassa; Camille Henrot: Cities of Ys; and Parallel Universe: Quintron and Miss Pussycat Live at City Park. Her essays have been published in the Harvard journal Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, the anthology Baroque Tendencies in Contemporary Art, New American Painting, and Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Lash has been a Clark Fellow at the Clark Art Institute, a consultant for Creative Capital, a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and a member of the Curator’s Council for U.S. Biennial Prospect.4. Her upcoming exhibition at the Speed, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, an inquiry into Southern identity, is co-organized with Trevor Schoonmaker, chief curator at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and is accompanied by an extensive catalog published by Duke University Press. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Williams College.


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Instructor of the Month

James Goodkin

James Goodkin has been teaching at the South Bend Museum of Art for about 10 years.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in art and architecture from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

As well as teach youth drawing classes at the museum he teaches private lessons.  He has spent some time in Italy doing line building/design for women’s shoes.  He has also had some experience doing clowning for charitable organizations.

Find Jim at the museum on Saturday mornings teaching our Discover Drawing class for ages 8-12 years old.  This is a great class to learn to basics of drawing.  To enroll in this class, click here.






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Arts in Bloom Garden Walk

Garden Walk Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
(rain or shine)
Artist Demonstrations
Complimentary refreshments

Featuring gardens designed and
maintained by home owners on the
north side of downtown South Bend.

Tickets are $15 | Available the day of the walk,
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at Sunnyside Presbyterian Church
115 S. Frances St.,  South Bend, IN 46617

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

For more information call 574.235.5968


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