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Festival of Banners

Festival of BannersThe SBMA in association with Downtown South Bend, SB150 and the City of South Bend presents Festival of Banners 2015. 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, Past…Present…Future! Submit your design by April 27, 2015! 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.SB-150_2014-web

Learn More about Festival of Banners.

Download an entry form (pdf).

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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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Learn How!

Two Workshops for Artists


Saturday, May 2  | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $75.00

Join Ceramic Artist and IAC Grant Recipient Jon Hook in a specialty Raku Workshop. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ‘how-to’ of Raku firing, and fire 2-3 of their own pieces with select raku glazes.

Learn more.


Saturday, May 16  |  10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tuition: $30

Do you need professional photographs of your artwork? Join Josh Myers in the studio for a DIY lighting experience. This workshop will cover several options for photographing 3 dimensional art (ceramics, objects) and how to set up lighting in order to photograph 2 dimensional visual art.

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Support the SBMA on May 5!

Support the SBMA’s Educational Programming on Give Local St. Joseph County Day, May 5, 2015!

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County will host Give Local St. Joseph County, a one-day giving event, on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Please designate the SBMA with your donation.

Every dollar donated on May 5 will be increased by a share of an estimated $3 million in matching funds provided by generous Give Local St. Joseph County sponsors. 75% of your donation directly supports SMBA programming; the remaining 25% will be matched and placed in the SBMA endowment at the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.

SBMA is the community’s Museum and endeavors to bring art to the community and the community to art. A variety of programs nurture the creative development of children and adults.

Museum Morning

School programs welcome thousands of area 5th graders into the galleries for docent-led tours and into the studios for creative activities.

Family Days open the studios for exhibition related or seasonal hands-on activities.

Festival of Banners offers artists of all ages to design, paint and see their work proudly displayed throughout downtown South Bend.

Studio Classes in a wide range of mediums are offered throughout the year for all ages. We are constantly working both inside and outside our walls, tailoring programming to the unique needs of individuals and groups.

Your support makes this programming possible.

Here’s how to help:

  • On May 5, 2015, make an online donation (text link to:) at https://www.givelocalsjc.org/ of $25 or more designating the South Bend Museum of Art, using your phone, tablet, or computer.
  • mail or drop off a check to the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County dated May 5, 2015. Checks may be mailed to the Community Foundation (P.O. Box 837, South Bend, IN, 46624) and must be received by May 5, 2015.

Hand-delivered checks must be dropped off by 6 p.m. on May 5 at our office (205 W. Jefferson, Suite 610, South Bend 46601, on the northwest corner of Jefferson and Main Street). Checks must be made out to the Community Foundation Of St. Joseph County; Be sure to indicate which charity or charities you wish to benefit in the “memo” line of your check. 

Give Local St. Joseph County is tied to a national event on May 5, 2015, called Give Local America, which involves scores of community foundations across America.


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First Friday at SBMA

Spring Exhibitions Reception

Friday, May 1, 2015  |  5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk | Jack Kapsa  |  6:30 p.m.
Music by Good Question | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Gallery CrowdJoin us for an evening of art, music and mingling as we celebrate three current exhibitions.

In honor of South Bend 150th celebration, South Bend Selfie features the work of 30 South Bend artists in the Warner Gallery, offering a glimpse of the current South Bend arts scene … as selected by the South Bend arts scene!

Meet artist Jack Kapsa and hear about his recent work on exhibit in the Art League Gallery.

See the prints of 2014 College Residents Maclovio Cantú IV and Kelly L. Stombaugh and their mentor M.T. Searle’s featured in the Community Gallery, then mingle and move to the improvised jazz, funk, blues, hiphop, and experimental music of Good Question from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Visit the Dot Shop and find the perfect Mother’s Day gift! 10% discount on purchases this evening!

Admission is free!

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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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SBMA College Residency Exhibition

Three Printmakers

March 28 – May 10, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, May 1, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Maclovio Cantu, The Performance, Linoleum print;  Kelly Stombaugh, The Dead Tree, Aquatint print encased in resin


In the summer of 2014, the SBMA hosted, for its eleventh year, a program that provided studio space and critical interpretation to area university art students. This year, the program focused on two residents working with curatorial and education staff as well as a residency mentor. As part of this program, the students and mentor each contributed five volunteer hours per week (over a twelve week period) and gained valuable experience through their work with the museum’s summer programming. This exhibition features the work of Maclovio Cantú IV and Kelly L. Stombaugh (both of Indiana University, South Bend), as well as residency mentor M.T. Searle (Artist, Educator and Administrator). The work in this exhibition is representative of both the residency and work created upon their return to their respective institutions.

Cantú will graduate in May 2015 from Indiana University, South Bend with a B.F.A. in Printmaking. Stombaugh graduated from Indiana University, South Bend with a B.F.A. in Printmaking in 2014.
M.T. Searle works between South Bend, IN and Chicago, IL.

College Residency

The Summer Arts Fellowship 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.

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Lesley Baker

New Natural

January 24 – April 4, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, March 6, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Gallery Talk (click here to view if you missed it!)


Sticky Situation, 2013; stoneware, earthenware, paper, wire, 17″x11″x5″

By using ceramics to represent preciousness, raw materials, and history, the various mutated natural forms are meant to ask the viewer to look more closely at the world around them. The animals and flora are the innocents not quite understanding the changes that are happening to them and around them. Much like how we are presented information through mass media, the true message is not always obvious. The uncertainty is if it is ultimately good or bad. -Lesley Baker

Lesley Baker is an Associate Professor at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis and has also taught at UC Berkeley and the California College of the Arts. She earned her MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000. She has participated in numerous artist residencies, including the Archie Bray Foundation, the John Michael Kohler Arts/Industry Residency, the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Her work has also been published in numerous books including The Yixing Effect and The Best of 500 Ceramics and the newest editions of Ceramics and Print.




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2014 SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition


December 5, 2014 – January 11, 2015
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: December 5, 2014 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

The annual SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition features artwork created by students and faculty who had enrolled in or taught a course at the museum during the past 12 months. Each artist was allowed to submit
one work and nothing was juried out. Only students were eligible for awards. 74 artworks by 74 artists are on view in a variety of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and fibers.
Juror’s Statement
I was pleased to be asked to select the awards for this annual exhibition of artwork created by teachers and students in the South Bend Museum of Art’s studio classes. From the works entered by the adult students, many showed technical proficiency, confidence, and understanding of the media. The landscape pastels were impressive, showing a freshness and an understanding of expressing the light and air in outdoor scenes.
It was a delight to see the creative (and sometimes whimsical) artworks produced by young artists in the South Bend Museum of Art’s children’s classes. I could see the clay squishing through fingers to form an alligator or a turtle or a beautifully coiled pot.  — Jackie Welsh



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Window on the West

Views From the American Frontier

Organized by
Exhibits Development Group, USA

October 18, 2014 – January 11, 2015  Warner Gallery

Bierstadt Nebraska TerritoryWeb

Window on the West, a collection of Arthur J. Phelan, is an extraordinary examination of Western American art. The exhibition features 64 paintings and drawings by artists who were some of the first non-indigenous people to cast an eye over the western frontier. 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, Frederick Remington, John F. Kensett, and Peter Moran, among others.

Hill Giant Geyser, YellowstoneText 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 westward migration in America and how much truth is actually reflected in a typical John Wayne Saturday matinee.

Images: Top:  Albert Bierstadt, Nebraska Territory Wasatch Mountains, 1859, oil on canvas;
Above, Thomas Hill, Giant Geyser, Yellowstone, oil on paper

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:

Summit Sponsors

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Visit South Bend

InKind Donors

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Individual Contributions


Jan & J.C. Freiden
L. Brown & Mary L. Sanders
Lynda B. & Charles S. Simon


Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Bancroft
Lynn & Scott Blue
Jan Richard & Mary Reineke
Teri & Bud Stout


Richard Dennen
Marcia Rickard & Dennis Doordan
Anne Feferman
Gerber Family Fund
Jackie MacKenzie
Northern Indiana Artists
Studebaker National Museum (in memory of Bob Shields)
Carole Walton
Harold & Doreen Zisla


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Dayle Brown & David Piser
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Elizabeth Overmyer
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Meg Auth & Jerry Thoma
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Tim & Jackie Welsh


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Judy Chase
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Dagny M. Diamond
Sharon Donlon
Roy & Joy Grove
Harriet Hamer & Abram Bergen
Mary M. Jackson
Linda Sue Phillips
Ernest Reed
Mary Jo Tompos
William C. Whitman

Contributions in Memory of Robert C. Shields

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Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Anella
Bambers Superette
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brunner
John Charles Bryant
Janette Burkhart-Miller
Tom Casteel
Melayna Clark
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Mr. & Mrs. Harry S. Shaffer
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