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Fire Arts Members Exhibition

A 10th Anniversary Celebration

May 23rd – August 9, 2015 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Fire Arts Collage

photos by William Healy

Fire Arts, a 3-D studio dedicated to the creation and appreciation of the three dimensional arts of sculpture, pottery, and jewelry, was founded in 2004 by a group of artists led by sculptors Lane Laffoon and Tuck Langland. In search of space to accommodate a small foundry, metal working, ceramics and a gallery area, they found a perfect fit in an abandoned building on the east bank of the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend. It was owned by the City of South Bend, and on a list to be demolished. Instead, the City deeded the building to the group of 13 artists, who pooled their resources and sweat equity to renovate the building into a vibrant work and gallery space. Today, 40 artists are members of the not-for-profit cooperative.

In this anniversary exhibition, 18 are represented: Wayne Andrews, Doug Barton, Beau Bilenki, Jackie Carlson, Barry Davis, Yvonne Desrosiers, Kiva Ford, John Hagen, William Healy, Tom Henry, Elfa Jonsdottir, Doug Kile, Bob Kuntz, Tuck Langland, Kyoko Magari-Ball, Julie Neises, Dick Trench, and Emma Wang.

From ceramics and blown glass, to bronze and wood, the passion flows through these beautiful creations.



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Biennial 28

July 5 – September 27, 2015 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 4 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Art League

Now in its 28th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 28 presents a diverse look into contemporary artwork made by artists living in the Midwest. Open to artists residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, this exhibition is an up-to-date dialogue of art happening in our own backyard. From hundreds of submitting artists, only twelve were selected by juror Staci Boris, Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM), Elmhurst, Illinois. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist.

Biennial 28 artists are:

Juror Staci Boris has been the Chief Curator at Elmhurst Art Museum (EAM) since 2012. For EAM, she has organized such acclaimed exhibitions as Richard Koppe, Heidi Norton: Prismatic Nature, SpotLight, Inventory: The EAM Collection, Fragment: Sampling the Modern and Open House: Art About Home and coordinated the presentation of the recent exhibition Lifeloggers: Chronicling the Everyday. Staci served as Senior Curator at Chicago’s Spertus Museum from 2004 to 2009, and was responsible for shaping and overseeing the museum’s exhibition program. She curated the inaugural exhibition The New Authentics: Artists of the Post- Jewish Generation and co-organized the exhibition A Force for Change: African American Art and the Julius Rosenwald Fund, producing major publications for both. Staci served as a curator at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), where she worked for 12 years and organized a number of noteworthy exhibitions, including the first U.S. retrospective of William Kentridge, the first survey of John Currin, and the first solo museum show of Sarah Sze. At MCA, Staci was the Project Coordinator for the “12 x 12” exhibition series dedicated to emerging artists and served as Assistant Curator for the major Art in Chicago: 1945-1995 exhibition. Staci lives in Chicago and has an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Boston University, and a B.A. in Art History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Eliza Fernand

Collecting Scraps

July 11—September 13, 2015 | Art League Gallery
Reception: September 4, 2015 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

fernand collecting scraps image

Eliza Fernand, Strange Banner Sunshine & Shadow, 2013, Repurposed fabric, machine-pieced & hand-quilted, 18 x 62 inches

Eliza Fernand is a multidisciplinary installation and performance artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Utilizing photography and quiltmaking, she will respond to the architecture of the Art League Gallery to create a thoughtful space of contemplation. Fernand is investigating the traditions and techniques of quiltmaking through interactive, collaborative projects:

“A quilt is a power object. A quilt is a sculpture and a painting. A quilt is a document of time and labor. A quilt goes to bed with you and keeps you warm, covered, shrouded, draped. In the past five years, I have pursued an obsession with quilts. I have traveled across the country and back to study how quilts are made, how they are used, and what they mean. The process of renewing discarded materials is significant to me, as I am recognizing and connecting the concrete and romantic histories these materials hold, as well as diverting fabric from the waste stream.”

Fernand founded and directs the visiting artist program at Shared Space Studio in Pentwater, MI, and teaches part-time at Kendall College of Art & Design Continuing Ed Department and Cook Arts Center in Grand Rapids. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006, her work has been shown across the country, and she is often traveling to participate in artist residencies and guest-teach.

Image: Detail of Strange Banner Sunshine & Shadow, 2013, repurposed fabric, machine-pieced & hand-quilted, 18 x 62 inches. Image courtesy the artist.


This exhibition is partially supported by the Doubletree, which will provide the artist with a complimentary room during her installation.

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WPA Prints

The Amity Arts Foundation Collection


October 17, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Warner Gallery

WPA-Prints The Robert C. Shields 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 9th 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.

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Fall Classes at SBMA














Fall Art Classes begin the week of August 17 and run for 10 weeks. We can’t wait to see you in the studio!


Check out our full class listing here! 



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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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Meet Me on the Island- One More Time!


present  Meet Me on the Island

Friday, August 21| 5:30 –9:00 p.m. | Island Park | Century Center
Featuring art on the island and music by Big Daddy Dupree The Broke and Hungry Blues Band.

We’re singing the Blues with Big Daddy because summer’s winding down, so we’re packing in one more Meet Me on the Island Event. Come on down!

Admission $5 (kids under 12 get in free)
SBMA and WVPE members will receive tickets in the mail.

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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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 Peak Sponsors


 Pokagon Fund, TCU logos

Horizon Sponsors

Visit South Bend

InKind Donors

Shirks Pianodoubletree

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


Judith Bock
Dayle Brown & David Piser
The Carriage House Dining Room
Joe & Joyce Dunfee
Robert and Peg Laven
M/E Design Services
Sam & Sherill Mirkin
Elizabeth Overmyer
Charlene Plasschaert
John & Nancy Pycik
Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Siberell
Meg Auth & Jerry Thoma
John Voorde
Tim & Jackie Welsh


George & Ramona Beamer
Mary Jane Buzolich
Judy Chase
Audrey M. Davis
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

1st Source Bank
Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Anella
Bambers Superette
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Brunner
John Charles Bryant
Janette Burkhart-Miller
Tom Casteel
Melayna Clark
Mr. & Mrs. James Cooke
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Cunningham
Angela Dennig
Dr. Eleanor Eggers
Mr. & Mrs. Ron Emanoil
John Ester
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Gobdel
Cecilia Gobdel
Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Greenberg
Carolyn Hardman
Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Hulth
Indiana Trust & Investment Company
Dr. & Mrs. Jon Kintner
Natalie & Paul Klein
Corrie Klimek
Marme Kopp
Mr. & Mrs. Hubert Kuzmich
Mr. & Mrs. Brian Lake
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Larson
Cheryl Little
Claudia A. Maslowski
Anne D. McGraw
Mr. & Mrs. Michael McKinnis
Mr. & Mrs. Daryl Nakonezny
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel O’Donnell
Frank Perri
Mr. & Mrs. John Phair
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Price
Charles & Lucy E. Quaintance
Mrs. William Racine
Dr. & Mrs. J.R. Reineke
Dr. David & Mitzi B. Sabato
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Schmuhl
Mr. & Mrs. William Seybold
Mr. & Mrs. Harry S. Shaffer
Jean Whittemore Sharp
Tracy & Gretchen Shellabarger
Gregory Simpson
Brian Sittley
John Smarrella
Donna Snyder
John Steinmetz
Mr. & Mrs. Richard Stifel
Ms. Sigrid Thanos
Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Turnock
University of Notre Dame
Susan Visser  & Bron Janulis
Mr. & Mrs. Tsung Yeh

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