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Holiday in the Gallery

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Friday, December 1, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. | Free Admission

Let the festivities begin! Join us for an evening of musical entertainment and refreshments while strolling through our galleries.

Sponsored by the Art League, which serves as an auxiliary body of the South Bend Museum of Art and as an advocate for the visual arts within the community. ArtLeagueTrio

Reception for the SBMA Student/Faculty Exhibition, with awards announced at 6:00 p.m.

Musical entertainment by the John Adams High School Show Choir, 6:30 p.m.

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#SHOPSMALL at SBMA’s Dot Shop 

Friday, December 1  | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 | 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m

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Support local artists and the SBMA! Enjoy hot cocoa, tea and cookies as you shop our selection of art for everyday living. New items just in time for the holidays!


 

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Downtown for the Holidays at SBMA!

Enjoy exhibitions, shopping, and time with family and friends this holiday season at SBMA! SBMA has partnered with Downtown South Bend, Inc. to bring free, family activities to the galleries December 1 through December 24, 2017.
  • Cookie decorating in SBMA’s Sculpture Corridor!
  • Draw holiday pictures at SBMA’s Mobile Art Stations!
  • Stop by The Dot Shop and visit Santa’s Gingerbread Village to see the beautiful gingerbread creations by “kids” of all ages. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite!
Holiday Activity Hours
Friday, Dec. 1, 6:30 – 9:00
Saturday, Dec. 2, noon – 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 3, noon – 4:00
Friday, Dec. 8, 5:00 – 9:00
Saturday, Dec. 9, noon – 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 10, noon – 4:00
Friday, Dec. 15, 5:00 – 9:00
Saturday, Dec. 16, noon – 6:00
Sunday, Dec. 17, noon – 4:00
Wednesday, Dec. 20, noon – 4:00
Thursday, Dec. 21, noon – 4:00
Friday, Dec. 22, noon – 4:00
Saturday, Dec. 23, noon – 4:00
Sunday, Dec. 24, noon – 4:00
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Museum After Dark:
Snowflakes & Rainbows


Friday, December 8, 2017 | 6:30 – 10:00 p.m.
South Bend Museum of Art 
Tickets $10

Celebrate the holidays with a relaxing evening of art, music, and refreshments!

Peruse the exhibitions in all five SBMA galleries:

 


Enjoy the sounds of Linsay Kelly and The LowLifes, bringing you jazz, funk, and soul with eclectic styles influenced by all genres of music.

Complimentary hors d’oeuvres are yours to enjoy!
Cash bar available.

Proceeds from this event benefit TREES, Inc. and South Bend Museum of Art.

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Lecture | Comic Nurse

Lecture | Comic Nurse
Sunday, December 10 | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
MK Czerwiec, a co-founder of the new field, Graphic Medicine, will discuss how comics are being used by patients and providers to improve communication, bridge gaps, dispel stigma, and create community.

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Biennial 29

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July 8 – October 1, 2017 | Warner Gallery
Reception: Friday, September 1 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Art League

Now in its 29th incarnation, the South Bend Museum of Art’s all media Biennial 29 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. The pool of exhibiting artists is deliberately limited to allow for the showing of a greater body of work by each artist. From 247 submitting artists, twelve were selected by juror Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.

Biennial 29 artists are:

Juror Miranda 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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Sightlines

June 17, 2017 – May 19, 2019
Reception at the South Bend Museum of Art: September 1, 2017 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Begun in 2013, Sightlines is an ongoing collaborative exhibition between Century Center and the South Bend Museum of Art featuring large installations of artwork by artists from both within and outside the region. A national call for entries is announced every two years from which new artists are selected. Selection is based on the quality of the proposals, the harmony among the artworks, and how the selection committee can envision the work activating various spaces within Century Center. All artworks in Sightlines are located in or outside of Century Center, highlighting not only the artworks themselves, but also the voluminous space and distant lines of sight that are available throughout the building and grounds.

Sightlines provides a unique experience for chance art encounters for visitors to the Century Center, engaging them in a moment of artistic appreciation or contemplation — or even perhaps to challenge their preconception of “what is art?”

Current artists:

Heather Brammeier  (Peoria, IL)
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Ioan Florea  (Shelbyville, IL)
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Lea Goldman  (South Bend, IN)
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Gina Herrera  (Bakersfield, CA)
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Sean Hottois  (South Bend, IN)
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Sasha de Koninck  (Santa Monica, CA)
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Gautam Rao  (Indianapolis, IN)
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Richard Shipps  (Chicago, IL)
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Past artists:
Jeff Boshart (Charleston, IL); 2013–2017
Roger Boulay (Winona, MN); 2015–2017
Maria Lux (Champaign, IL); 2013–2015
Mollie Oblinger (Ripon, WI); 2013–2015
Robert Patrick (White Bear, MN); 2015–2017
Jake Webster (Elkhart, IN); 2013–2015
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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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Out of the Ashes:

Notre Dame Ceramic Art Symposium

April 1 — June 18, 2017 | Warner Gallery

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.

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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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2016 Undergraduate Residency Exhibition

Chloe M Dukes, Untitled, Illustrator, mixed media, 2017

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

In the summer of 2016, the SBMA hosted a program that gave artists the opportunity to experience teacher training, arts administration and community art projects.  This year, the program focused on two fellows who worked with our curatorial and education staff.  As part of this program, the artists each contributed 8-10 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 Chloe M Dukes and Guerwin Weekes.  The work in this exhibition is representative of both the fellowship and work created up to the exhibit.

Guerwin Weekes,Killjoy and Pretend wife, Archies Oil Paper, Watercolors, Pastels, 2016

The Summer Undergraduate Residency 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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2016 Student/Faculty Exhibition

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December 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017 | Jerome J. Crowley Community Gallery
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, 2015 – December 1, 2016 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.

Congratulations to our 2016 award winners!

Best in Show
Anastassia Cassady
Student, Watercolors
The Maine Coon in Gold, 2016, oil and gold leaf

 

Adult Merit Award Anthony GermanoStudent, PaintingCar Bomb- - Cizre, 2016Acrylic

Adult Merit Award
Anthony Germano
Student, Painting
Car Bomb- – Cizre, 2016
Acrylic

 

Adult Merit AwardMonique DeguaraStudent, WeavingScarf, 2016Cotton

Adult Merit Award
Monique Deguara
Student, Weaving
Scarf, 2016
Cotton

 

Adult Honorable MentionElizabeth HernlyStudent, WatercolorRecurring Dream, 2016ink

Adult Honorable Mention
Elizabeth Hernly
Student, Watercolor
Recurring Dream, 2016
Ink

 

Adult Honorable MentionLinda NelundStudent, CeramicsChocolate Waves, 2016Clay

Adult Honorable Mention
Linda Nelund
Student, Ceramics
Chocolate Waves, 2016
Clay

 

Adult Honorable MentionTami McNallyStudent, PastelsBuena Vista Lagoon, 2016Pastel

Adult Honorable Mention
Tami McNally
Student, Pastels
Buena Vista Lagoon, 2016
Pastel

 

Adult Honorable MentionAndy BozeStudent, WeavingScart - Traditional Whig Rose Pattern, 2016Wool and cotton

Adult Honorable Mention
Andy Boze
Student, Weaving
Scarf – Traditional Whig Rose Pattern, 2016
Wool and cotton

 

Adult Honorable MentionBrian KolbusStudent, Painter's ChoiceLindenwold, 2016Gouache

Adult Honorable Mention
Brian Kolbus
Student, Painter’s Choice
Lindenwold (detail), 2016
Gouache

 

Carol Lupa Memorial AwardReed TierneyStudent, Youth WatercolorsThe Dark Falcon, 2016Watercolor

Carol Lupa Memorial Award
Reed Tierney
Student, Youth Watercolors
The Dark Falcon, 2016
Watercolor

 

Youth Merit AwardAmeilia AlbarranStudent, Meet the Masters The Master's Violin, 2016Wood

Youth Merit Award
Ameilia Albarran
Student, Meet the Masters
The Master’s Violin, 2016
Wood

 

Youth Merit AwardSarah LopezStudent, Teen Sketch/DrawMajestic Nature From God, 2016Collage

Youth Merit Award
Sarah Lopez
Student, Teen Sketch/Draw
Majestic Nature From God, 2016
Collage

 

Youth Merit AwardNineth Kanieski KosoStudent, Teen CeramicsCoral Bowl, 2016

Youth Merit Award
Nineth Kanieski Koso
Student, Teen Ceramics
Coral Bowl, 2016
Clay

 

Youth Honorable MentionMiriam YormarkStudent, Art Under WaterDolfin, 2016Paper mache

Youth Honorable Mention
Miriam Yormark
Student, Art Under Water
Dolfin, 2016
Paper mache

 

Youth Honorable MentionYitzy YormarkStudent, Youth CeramicsGuitar, 2016Clay

Youth Honorable Mention
Yitzy Yormark
Student, Youth Ceramics
Guitar, 2016
Clay

 

Youth Merit AwardYankov YormarkStudent, Art Under WaterDeepsea, 2016Print on canvas

Youth Merit Award
Yankov Yormark
Student, Art Under Water
Deepsea, 2016
Print on canvas

 

Youth Merit AwardLily GouldingStudent, CeramicsLuna and the Thestral, 2016Clay

Youth Merit Award
Lily Goulding
Student, Ceramics
Luna and the Thestral, 2016
Clay

Youth Honorable MentionJohah DeMeesterStudent, Preschool ArtUntitles, 2016Tempera paint

Youth Honorable Mention
Jonah DeMeester
Student, Preschool Art
Untitled, 2016
Tempera paint

 

Youth Honorable MentionGinger JurisnicStudent, Surprising SculpturesCrazy Flower, 2016Plastic

Youth Honorable Mention
Ginger Jurisnic
Student, Surprising Sculptures
Crazy Flower, 2016
Plastic

 

Youth Honorable MentionMaren RospendaStudent, Youth CeramicsMy Kitty is All Orange, 2016Ceramic

Youth Honorable Mention
Maren Rospenda
Student, Youth Ceramics
My Kitty is All Orange, 2016
Ceramic

Download a prospectus with full details here.

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