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Make a difference to your community, to the arts, and to yourself. Get involved in the ongoing excitement and growth of SBMA!

Volunteer staff perform a broad range of functions in a variety of departments across the Museum. From greeting and assisting visitors at public programs and events to database maintenance and/or assistance in clerical/administrative work, volunteers work along-side and in support of staff to further the mission of offering art to everyone.

Each volunteer opportunity is different – with its own unique set of responsibilities and therefore requiring its own unique mix of relevant skills and experience. Many volunteer opportunities do not require an art background; and each department will provide job-specific training to the selected volunteer.

Current Volunteer Staff Opportunities Include:

  • Event Coordinators for SBMA events which include:
    • Meet Me on the Island
    • First Friday
    • Kid Beat
    • Urban Adventure Games
    • Private Events
  • Event Staff (greeters, ticket takers, set-up, tear-down, audio support, etc…)
  • Garden Walk Volunteers (Garden Hostesses, Hospitality Center Hostesses, and Program Book Ad Solicitors.
  • Retail Associates (2.5 hour weekly shifts)
  • Data Entry (adding exhibition and event information to local online directories. Could be done from home!)
  • Graphic Design (Updating marketing collateral. Experience with Adobe InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop)
  • Photography (Images of SBMA Permanent Collection for online gallery)
  • Clerical Support

Submit an application by clicking here.


To learn more about specific opportunities please contact Claudia Maslowski, 574.235.9102 or maslowskic@southbendart.org


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Lisa Marie Barber

Neighborhood Garden

January 13 – April 8, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: Friday, March 2, 2018

For most of my professional career, I’ve created large-scale ceramic installations where passive figures occupy dense arrangements as if centerpieces to improvised shrines. While my aesthetic and process have stayed the same, I have cropped down the work over the years, making it easier to transport, install, and store—the mundane practicalities most artists have to consider. (And my getting older makes the change easier on my body!)

Regardless of size or medium—ceramic or fabric—my artwork is a reflection on life, home, gardens, peacefulness, playfulness, and celebration.

My aesthetic sensibility is rooted in Central American Folk Art and the Mexican Catholic shrines of my heritage and upbringing. For most of my childhood in Southern Arizona, this was the artwork I knew and I practiced making creations in similar ways. Whether it was through my novice interpretation or some forgotten informal training I received as a child, I came to believe that ornamentation and excess denoted value and importance. Materials weren’t required to be “fine” and tools were expected to be simple. Evidence of “the hand” (the maker) was never something to be self-conscience of or craftily removed. Throughout my life, I’ve remained loyal to this style of making.

My artworks, while not simple compositions, are simple in concept and method. At their heart, they serve as personal meditations on the ease, happiness, and beauty that outlines every day.

— Lisa Marie Barber, 2018

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona in a Mexican-American home. Like many artists, I made all sorts of creations for as long as I can remember, often inspired by the artwork of my heritage.

Before moving to Kenosha, WI in 2003 to begin my professorship at UW-Parkside, I lived in the California Bay Area where I taught ceramics and drawing at universities, art centers, and public high schools. I have always enjoyed teaching young artists while maintaining my studio practice. I am grateful to have an active career where I can do both.

While busy as the current chair of the UW-Parkside Art Department, I stay active in my studio and value being a practicing artist. My artwork has been featured in several publications including American Craft Magazine, Ceramics Monthly Magazine, 500 Figures in Clay, and multiple reviews. I exhibit my work nationally and have held Artist-in-Residence positions at the City University of New York-Hunter College in Manhattan, Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Watershed Center for Ceramic Art in New Castle, ME, and the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, CA. In addition to creating art, I am a passionate gardener and think of my garden as a living, interactive installation.

Learn more about Lisa Marie Barber at lisamariebarber.com

Image: Lisa Marie Barber, Girl, 2018, ceramic, 71(h) x 66(w) x 63(d) inches

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Scholastic Art Awards 2018

February 2 – March 10, 2018
Warner and Jerome J. Crowley Community Galleries
(Museum hours: Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5:00 p.m.)

Meet Me in the Gallery Opening Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Warner Gallery

Awards Ceremony: Sunday, February 4, 2018 | Location TBD
1:30 p.m.: Junior High  |  2:30 p.m.: Senior High

Presented by

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

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholastic Art Award Recipients!

Click here for a list (pdf) of the individual awards.

Learn more about the Scholastic Art Awards!

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Eric Souther & Katie Duffy: Conversation Series

March 31 – June 24, 2018
Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, April 6 2018

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2017 College Residency Exhibition

March 31 – May 6, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: April 6, 2018

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Alan Larkin

April 21 – July 1, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Women’s Caucus

May 26 – August 12, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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Sandra Perlow

July 14 – September 16, 2018
Art League Gallery

Reception: September 7, 2018

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Saint Joe Valley Watercolor Society: Juried Members Exhibition

September 1 – November 11, 2018
Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery

Reception: TBD

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2017 SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition

December 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
Reception: Friday, December 1, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Featuring artwork created by SBMA students and faculty from the past year, the annual Student/Faculty exhibition showcases the variety of class offerings at the museum and highlights the talents of its wonderful community.

Any faculty or student of museum classes from December 1, 2016 – December 1, 2017 is eligible.  Participants may submit one (1) work not previously shown at the museum.  All submitted work will be exhibited.  All media will be accepted.

Download a prospectus with full details here.

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